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Malabar Farm Paperback – June 1, 1999

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Wooster Book Co. (June 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1888683848
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888683844
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #794,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 24, 2000
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Bromfield's Malabar Farm is more or less the sequel to Pleasant Valley. While Pleasant Valley flows like a continuous story, Malabar Farm is more disconnected, and is really a set of essays that don't attempt to be in chronological order, and are occasionally redundant. Bromfield comes across here as more arrogant about his approach to farming, however, there is still a good deal of interesting material, and if you've read Pleasant Valley and liked it, you will appreciate finding out what happened over the next few years. By this time, they had given up on being a general purpose farm, and had become specialized as a grass farm focused on both beef and dairy cattle. He spends quite a while rationalizing this, and indeed, I found his discussion of this insightful as it represents the beginning of the development of the large, specialized farms of today. He presents the argument both economically and technologically. Also, this book talks more about mechanization which is featured only a bit in Pleasant Valley. Summary: not as good as Pleasant Valley, but if you read and enjoyed Pleasant Valley you will want to read this too. This book could be read independently of Pleasant Valley but will make a lot more sense if you have read that first.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. Robinson on April 24, 2011
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A continuation of life on the farm started in Pleasant Valley. More information on improving soil, a chapter on animals on the farm (always delightful), chapters on grass--the author has focused on raising cattle, chapters on creating ponds to stock fish (interesting to see the cycle of life in a healthy pond), information on earthworms. There's also a chapter on the organic fertilizer vs chemical fertlizer debate. Here he tries to create a balance, feeling that being a fanatic for either side is limited and though he does focus on improving soil naturally he's not opposed to chemical fertilizers. He did die at a relatively young age of bone cancer and one wonders if chemical fertilzers and herbicides/pesticides played a part. He said he was the 'fertlizer man' on the farm and also used herbicides and pesticides at first. It is sad if that's the case, devoted as he was to good farming and getting nutrients from the soil into the crops, beef and milk to prevent nutrient deficiencies in people.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William Timothy Lukeman TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 15, 2014
Format: Mass Market Paperback
While written in the mid-1940s & reprinted in 1970 (my Ballantine Walden edition), this lovely book not only remains relevant & worth reading, in many ways it's even more so now. When I first picked up my copy as a teenager, I wouldn't have thought that the practical details of farming would be all that interesting -- but I was quickly & happily proven wrong, as the author's clear but also lyrical prose style, as well as his obvious passion for his life's work, captured me completely. I'm currently reading it again after some 40+ years, and the intervening decades have given me enough life experience to really appreciate the philosophical, reflective nature of his work. The rhythms of the seasons, the feel of the rain & wind & soil, the references to outside events (WWII, for instance) -- all this brings to life a whole world, seemingly complete in itself. It's a reminder of what life is supposed to be about, and all the more pressing in this digital age of simulated life on a screen. Yes, it's a thorough & thoughtful book about farming, but it's also much more -- highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Margaret Walker on February 3, 2013
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One of the important books of the 21st century. It is about basic caring for soils and farms and talks about the most important issue of our times viz. how we can feed ourselves.
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This is a classic! I first read it 60 years ago and was inspired by it, then as now. Bromfield narrates (and preaches about) the process of restoring worn-out farmlands to healthy productivity.
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