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The Contrary Farmer (Real Goods Independent Living Book) Paperback – May 1, 1995
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Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I am planning to buy 10 acres for a cottage farm as I sort out how I will spend the rest of my life. I have no answers yet, but I will leave The Contrary Farmer on the lamp table instead of placing it in the bookshelf with the other 'books'.
After the first few chapters about what he terms "pastoral economics", Logsdon devotes separate chapters to each of the parts of his small farm ecosystem, the garden, the animals, water, meadows, trees, corn, mechanics, and pastures. Although he eschews wide-spread use of pesticides, he's not an organic purist, which may rub certified organic farmers the wrong way. He's very keen on maintaining animals like some sheep and chickens, a few pigs, and a cow or two.Read more ›
This book does leave me with a lot of questions, which is good and frustrating at the same time. Since Gene Logsdon grew up on a farm and has spent all his life writing for farmers, he might take for granted the knowledge he has that some of us new to agriculture might not. I still don't know what a combine is, or what a manure spreader looks like, or what keeps the layers warm in the henhouse over the winter. Logsdon mentions in the chapter about forestry that illustrations would best explain the safety precautions that he details with words. That makes me think that maybe there are no illustrations in the book because of restrictions set by the printer or editor.
I would also like to know what assets to look for when buying a farm, or how to go about buying one in the first place. Logsdon also lets on little about what his wife contributes to their 32-acre homestead. He refers to his work only in the first person singular, though obviously it takes at least two people to do the work.Read more ›
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This is more of a philosophical book on why cottage farming is good for the farmer and society as a whole. There are a few helpful hints and advice on what to do or not to do. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Psin Khan
Fantastically written philosophy and culture of small scale farming. Gene Logsdon gives advice, warning, and heart warming. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Dalek
I love this book. From beginning to end, Gene spins a tale that seems almost fictional at times. Although the advice is very practical and informative, his way with words lets... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Clark's Custom Carpentry & Repairs
My favorite Gene Logsdon book. In retirement we have decided to farm, in order to provide a purpose and FOOD for ourselves. Read morePublished 6 months ago by susiesgirl
Just started reading this and only a couple chapters inton it but so far a very good readPublished 15 months ago by Donald Hixon
Really enjoyed the book. There is a lot of practical knowledge and a lot of philosophy for someone striving to be a "cottage farmer". Read morePublished 19 months ago by "slu"
Great book on small farming, and philosophy of living! Not just for farmers and would-be farmers.Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer