This book isn’t apart of the #90days90books challenge but I was just finishing this book up before I decided to take on the challenge. Since it’s New Years Eve and I’m about to leave for a party, I thought I would write up a really quick post on this book. It should be noted this book has been one of those books that I’ve been reading bite size amounts. Tiny bites. I actually lost this book last summer on a flight back from Boston, MA. I ended up buying it again because I wanted to finish it.
I would highly recommend this book if you are about to start a small or medium size farm. Hobby farmers this is your book. It isn’t up to date, and honestly I think it is better that way. This book was originally written in 1935 and has since been updated in 1970. It discusses everything from seed handling, finding land, setting up wind blocks, irrigation, salvaging orchards, growing fruit trees, and about anything else you can think of on a hobby farm. I found the chapters on fruit trees, setting up the farm, and soil to be the most interesting/helpful. The diagrams are really helpful in understanding some of these older concepts. The farm related quotes in this book, are hands down the best; reminds me of Kelsey’s Rural Guide (if you can find this old book in print, buy it.) which has a bunch of great farming quotes.
Whether you’re starting a half acre farm or 40 acre farm, this book will be helpful to you. You will be a far better farmer for reading this book. If you’re doing more conventional farming this book won’t really apply to you but you may appreciate the old way of doing things.