Hey, all. How are you? I am doing great here on a computer. I just wanted to share some excellent books for people who want to not only take part in the farming community financially, but get their hands dirty too.
- Five Acres and Independence: A Handbook for Small Farm Management by Maurice G. Kains
This is one of those books that was written pre-WWII (read: pre-chemicalized agriculture) and covers a lot of building methods as well. You’ll have to adjust the costs for inflation.
- The New Organic Grower by Eliot Coleman
Boy, if I had a nickel for every time I heard of this book! I’d have at least four dollars by now. This guy is like the grandmother of small-scale agriculture. I literally feel like I’m talking to my grandmother when I read it.
- Living The Good Life by Helen and Scott Nearing
These two socialists jumped ship in the 20’s. They homesteaded in Vermont working only four hours a day. Consequently it took them eleven years to build their stone house (with a fireplace in every room!)
- Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
This book is actually completely unrelated to agriculture, but is really good anyway. It’s kind of long, though.
I highly suggest getting these books (and other books you like) from libraries rather than buying them new from the google. We like trees.
And also, I’d like to mention here, just to say, I mean type here for the clarification of certain practical factors, because sometimes these things slip your mind (not your mind per se, of course, especially considering the unlikelihood you’ve actually sought out some of these books since the beginning of you reading this post) that if you spend all your time reading you don’t have any time to garden. So sometimes the best book… is a shovel.