One of logsdon's principle contrarieties is the opinion that--popular images of the vanishing American farmer, notwithstanding--greater numbers of people in the U. S. Instead of vanishing, more and more farmers will be cottage farming, part-time. This detailed and personal account of how Logsdon's family uses the art and science of agriculture to achieve a reasonably happy and ecologically sane way of life in an example for all who seek a sustainable lifestyle.
In the contrary farmer, practical advice of a manual for the cottage farmer, Logsdon offers the tried-and-true, as well as the subtler delights of a meditation in praise of work and pleasure. Gene logsdon has become something of a rabble-rouser in progressive farm circles, stirring up debates and controversies with his popular New Farm Magazine column, The Contrary Farmer.
Will soon be growing and raising a greater share of their own food than at any time since the last century. The contrary farmer will give its readers tools and tenets, but also hilarious commentaries and beautiful evocations of the Ohio countryside that Logsdon knows as his place in the universe.
Letter to a Young Farmer: How to Live Richly without Wealth on the New Garden Farm
In letter to a young farmer, his final book of essays, Logsdon addresses the next generation—young people who are moving back to the land to enjoy a better way of life as small-scale “garden farmers. It’s a lifestyle that isn’t defined by accumulating wealth or by the “get big or get out” agribusiness mindset.
Someone, in short, and much to teach us, who has “seen it all” and has much to say, if we only take the time to listen and learn. Instead, it’s one that recognizes the beauty of nature, cherishes the land, respects our fellow creatures, and values rural traditions. And gene logsdon was the best kind of teacher: equal parts storyteller, idealist, and rabble-rouser.
Gene’s earthy wit and sometimes irreverent humor combines with his valuable perspectives on many wide-ranging subjects—everything from how to show a ram who’s boss to enjoying the almost churchlike calmness of a well-built livestock barn. Reading this book is like sitting down on the porch with a neighbor who has learned the ways of farming through years of long observation and practice.
It’s one that also looks forward and embraces “right technologies, ” including new and innovative ways of working smarter, not harder, and avoiding premature burnout. Completed only a few weeks before the author’s death, Letter to a Young Farmer is a remarkable testament to the life and wisdom of one of the greatest rural philosophers and writers of our time.
His vision of a nation filled with garden farmers, who long to create a more sustainable, towns, and countrysides, both young and old, based in cities, will resonate with many people, meaningful life for themselves and a better world for all of us.
Holy Shit: Managing Manure to Save Mankind
He covers the field, so to speak, discussing topics like:how to select the right pitchfork for the job and use it correctlyHow to operate a small manure spreaderHow to build a barn manure pack with farm animal manureHow to compost cat and dog wasteHow to recycle toilet water for irrigation purposes, andHow to get rid ourselves of our irrational paranoia about feces and urine.
Gene logsdon does not mince words. In his insightful new book, yet most misunderstood, contrary farmer Gene Logsdon provides the inside story of manure-our greatest, Holy Shit: Managing Manure to Save Mankind, natural resource. This wastefulness makes even less sense as the supply of mined or chemically synthesized fertilizers dwindles and their cost skyrockets.
This fresh, but absolutely crucial subject, fascinating and entertaining look at an earthy, is a small gem and is destined to become a classic of our agricultural literature. He begins by lamenting a modern society that not only throws away both animal and human manure-worth billions of dollars in fertilizer value-but that spends a staggering amount of money to do so.
In fact, he argues, our civilization, if we do not learn how to turn our manures into fertilizer to keep food production in line with increasing population, like so many that went before it, will inevitably decline. With his trademark humor, his years of experience writing about both farming and waste management, Logsdon artfully describes how to manage farm manure, and his uncanny eye for the small but important details, pet manure and human manure to make fertilizer and humus.
Small-Scale Grain Raising: An Organic Guide to Growing, Processing, and Using Nutritious Whole Grains for Home Gardeners and Local Farmers, 2nd Edition
In this book, gene logsdon proves that anyone who has access to a large garden or small farm can and should think outside the agribusiness box and learn to grow healthy whole grains or beans—the base of our culinary food pyramid—alongside their fruits and vegetables. Starting from the simple but revolutionary concept of the garden “pancake patch, ” Logsdon opens up our eyes to a whole world of plants that we wrongly assume only the agricultural “big boys” can grow.
There are even a few recipes sprinkled throughout, along with more than a little wit and wisdom. Never has there been a better time, or a more receptive audience, for this book. Localvores, and whole-foods advocates—in fact, CSA farmers, all people who value fresh, serious home gardeners, high-quality foods—will find a field full of information and ideas in this once and future classic.
. Now fully updated and available once more, spelt, and rye to buckwheat, rice, Small-Scale Grain Raising offers a entirely new generation of readers the best introduction to a wide range of both common and lesser-known specialty grains and related field crops, millet, flax, wheat, from corn, and even beans and sunflowers.
More and more americans are seeking out locally grown foods, which are grown mainly on large, yet one of the real stumbling blocks to their efforts has been finding local sources for grains, distant corporate farms. At the same time, commodity prices for grains—and the products made from them—have skyrocketed due to rising energy costs and increased demand.
He succinctly covers all the basics, from planting and dealing with pests, storing, and diseases to harvesting, processing, weeds, and using whole grains. First published in 1977, this book—from one of America’s most famous and prolific agricultural writers—became an almost instant classic among homestead gardeners and small farmers.
You Can Farm: The Entrepreneur's Guide to Start & Succeed in a Farming Enterprise
The pay is too low. Have you ever desired, deep within your soul, to make a comfortable full-time living from a farming enterprise? Too often people dare not even vocalize this desire because it seems absurd. This is all true, and more, for most farmers. But for farm entrepreneurs, the opportunities for a farm family business have never been greater.
It takes too much capital to start. The aging farm population is creating cavernous niches begging to be filled by creative visionaries who will go in dynamic new directions. As the industrial agriculture complex crumbles and our culture clambers for clean food, the countryside beckons anew with profitable farming opportunities.
While this book can be helpful to all farmers, the folks who actually entertain notions of living, it targets the wannabes, loving and learning on a piece of land. Anyone willing to dance with such a dream should be able to assess its assets and liabilities; its fantasies and realities. The working conditions are dusty, smelly and noisy: not the place to raise a family.
Is it really possible for me?" is the burning question this book addresses. It's like thinking the unthinkable. After all, the farm population is dwindling.
Small-Scale Livestock Farming: A Grass-Based Approach for Health, Sustainability, and Profit
Case studies of successful farmers provide inspiration as you learn everything you need to know to run a prosperous livestock farm and make the lifestyle of your dreams a reality. Full of practical everyday advice, this guide explains how a natural, reduces costs, organic approach to livestock farming produces healthy animals, and increases your operation’s self-sufficiency.
Livestock expert carol ekarius helps you create a viable farm plan, and confidently manage housing, fencing, care for your animals’ health, choose suitable livestock, and feeding. This publication conforms to the EPUB Accessibility specification at WCAG 2. 0 level AA. .
Living at Nature's Pace: Farming and the American Dream
Along the way, he has become a widely influential journalist and social critic, documenting in hundreds of essays for national and regional magazines the crisis in conventional agri-business and the boundless potential for new forms of farming that reconcile tradition with ecology. Logsdon reminds us that healthy and economical agriculture must work "at nature's pace, " instead of trying to impose an industrial order on the natural world.
For decades, logsdon and his family have run a viable family farm. Foreseeing a future with "more farmers, not fewer, " he looks for workable models among the Amish, among his lifelong neighbors in Ohio, and among resourceful urban gardeners and a new generation of defiantly unorthodox organic growers creating an innovative farmers-market economy in every region of the country.
Nature knows how to grow plants and raise animals; it is human beings who are in danger of losing this age-old expertise, substituting chemical additives and artificial technologies for the traditional virtues of fertility, artistry, and knowledge of natural processes. This new edition of logsdon's important collection of essays and articles first published by Pantheon in 1993 contains six new chapters taking stock of American farm life at this turn of the century.
The Encyclopedia of Country Living, 40th Anniversary Edition: The Original Manual for Living off the Land & Doing It Yourself
With its origins in the back-to-the-land effort of the late 1960s, Carla Emery’s landmark book has grown into a comprehensive guide to building your sustainable country escape haven, while lowering your carbon footprint in the process. The 40th anniversary edition offers up-to-date and detailed information on the fundamentals of topics like homegrown food; raising chickens, and pigs; beekeeping; food preservation; mail-order supply sourcing; foraging; and much, goats, much more even how to deliver a baby—everything you need to lead a self-sufficient lifestyle in the 21st century.
Basic, thorough, and reliable, this book deserves a place in urban and rural homes alike. Table of contents1 oddments2 introduction to plants3 grasses, rabbit, vine, cows & flavorings6 tree, Bush & Canes4 Garden Vegetables5 Herbs & Home Dairying11 Bee, Grains & Bramble7 Food Preservation8 Introduction to Animals9 Poultry10 Goats, Sheep & Pig12 Appendix .
From craft culture to survivalists, and everyone in between there is a desire for a simpler way of life—a healthier, preppers, homesteaders, greener, urban farmers, more self-sustaining and holistic approach to modern life. The knowledge you need to survive and thrive off the grid is at your fingertips in The Encyclopedia of Country Living, the best-selling resource for the homesteading movement.
Root Cellaring: Natural Cold Storage of Fruits & Vegetables
Stretch the resources of your small backyard garden further than ever before, but how to best use the earth’s naturally cool, without devoting hundreds of hours to canning! This informative and inspiring guide shows you not only how to construct your own root cellar, stable temperature as an energy-saving way to store nearly 100 varieties of perishable fruits and vegetables.
Keep Chickens!: Tending Small Flocks in Cities, Suburbs, and Other Small Spaces
You’ll have fun as you keep happy and productive chickens. Spotlighting the self-sufficient pleasures of tending your own flock, Kilarski offers detailed information on everything from choosing breeds that thrive in tight quarters and building coops to providing medical care for sick animals. Barbara kilarski shares her passion for poultry as she fills this guide with tips and techniques for successfully raising chickens in small spaces.
. No matter how small your lot is, you can keep chickens and enjoy fresh eggs every morning.
Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long, 2nd Edition
Eliot coleman introduces the surprising fact that most of the United States has more winter sunshine than the south of France. If you love the joys of eating home-garden vegetables but always thought those joys had to stop at the end of summer, this book is for you. He shows how north american gardeners can successfully use that sun to raise a wide variety of traditional winter vegetables in backyard cold frames and plastic covered tunnel greenhouses without supplementary heat.
. Coleman expands upon his own experiences with new ideas learned on a winter-vegetable pilgrimage across the ocean to the acknowledged kingdom of vegetable cuisine, the southern part of France, which lies on the 44th parallel, the same latitude as his farm in Maine. This story of sunshine, weather patterns, old limitations and expectations, and new realities is delightfully innovative in the best gardening tradition.
Four-season harvest will have you feasting on fresh produce from your garden all through the winter. To learn more about the possibility of a four-season farm, please visit Coleman's website www. Fourseasonfarm. Com.