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Farming

 

Farming

 

Eco-Farm, An Acres U.S.A. Primer
Whoa, this book goes into a lot of detail about soil. From the tiniest molecules to the largest building blocks. It's penned as a great book for beginners, but a lot of it still went over my head. Nevertheless, it's still a very good read and you will clearly be able to learn from it for a long time going forward. Eco-Farm delivers a complete education in soils, crops, and weed and insect control. Chapters provide detailed discussions of trace elements, tillage, the N,P&K concept, animal health, crops, soil carbon and calcium, insects, soil life, crop rotation, and much more.
 
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Memoirs

 

Memoirs

 
Highly recommended for any farmer, young or new. Melissa Coleman details the life of a farmer from a child’s perspective. As the daughter of Eliot Coleman, Melissa was in the “limelight” of organic farming. Yet the life of even the super-star organic farmer is not as pristine and romantic and we would all like to believe. Melissa digs into the deep strains that farming took on her childhood (and her mother’s and sister’s). Any aspiring, current  or former farmer will leave this book with a deep appreciation for the importance of a balanced lifestyle between farm and farmily.
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Fun/Informational

 

Fun/Informational

 

The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

Widely considered the "gateway book" to caring and knowing about where your food comes from, Omnivore's Dilemma has been an inspiration for millions consumers worldwide. Michael Pollan follows four food chains (industrial, organic, and foraged) from the source to a final meal, and in the process develops a definitive account of the American way of eating.
 
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Books

Books

 

When your fiancee buys you a bookshelf for Valentine's Day, you know you've got a reading problem! I guess that's what happens when you're a city person transitioning into farming...

 

Here's a list of books we've found especially helpful

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The Next Era of Industrial Farming

Image courtesy of André Ford and www.we-make-money-not-art.com

We read a thought-provoking article the other day about what might be the next era of industrial farming. A student at The Royal College of Art in the UK put up an installation detailing the potential “progress” that could be made in the ways of “efficiency” and “humane treatment”. The project was the result of a search for how dense and vertical architecture can bring food production back to cities.
 

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