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New additions to Small Farms Library

  • Subject: [cg] New additions to Small Farms Library
  • From: Keith Addison <keith@journeytoforever.org>
  • Date: Wed, 10 Jul 2002 05:41:33 +0900

Recent uploads to the Small Farms Library - classic books, full text online:

"An Agricultural Testament" by Sir Albert Howard, Oxford University Press, 1940.
This is the book that started the organic farming and gardening revolution, the result of Howard's 25 years of research at Indore in India. The essence of organics is brilliantly encapsulated in the Introduction, which begins: "The maintenance of the fertility of the soil is the first condition of any permanent system of agriculture." Read on! Full explanation of the Indore composting process and its application. Excellent on the relationship between soil, food and health. Full text online.

"Weeds -- Guardians of the Soil" by Joseph A. Cocannouer, Devin-Adair, 1950.
Professor Cocannouer, who taught biology and conservation for 50 years, demonstrates how the controlled use of weeds is sound ecology, good conservation and a boon to the gardener and farmer. Weeds as indicators of soil conditions, weeds as companion plants, weeds as hay and fodder, for opening up the subsoil, remineralizing the topsoil, for restoring worn-out and eroded land. A wise and liberating book!

"Handy Farm Devices and How to Make Them" by Rolfe Cobleigh, Orange Judd Company, 1910
Not just nostalgia -- Cobleigh's devices and techniques were good answers to common farm problems and they're just as functional and useful now as they were then. Make your own workshop tools, a simple fence post and stump-puller, fences and gates that don't sag, building a farmhouse, barns and outbuildings, a bicycle-powered washing machine, a dog-powered pump, a lightweight orchard ladder, a portable chicken coop, a stone boat (for moving stone) and much more. Cobleigh's out to save you time and money -- a treasure for small farmers or homesteaders and anyone wanting to be more self-sufficient. Illustrated, good old-style writing, punctuated with quotes from Shakespeare or a local farmer, whichever's apt. Workshop and Tools, The Steel Square, In and Around the House, Barns and Stock, Poultry and Bees, Garden and Orchard, Field and Wood, Gates and Doors, When We Build, Worth Knowing. Full text online. With thanks to Kirk McLoren.

Coming soon:

"Profitable Poultry Production" by M. G. Kains
Poultry Editor American Agriculturist Weeklies
New York
Orange Judd Company

... and more besides.

Best wishes

Keith Addison
Journey to Forever
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Osaka, Japan

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