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  • Paperback: 194 pages
  • Publisher: Marcel Press (November 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144650879X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1446508794
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 5.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #595,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kris on December 7, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book is amazing. I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to farm, on whatever scale. Especially if you plan on making a living from it. Not only that, but it is the favorite farming book of none other than Joel Salatin himself. Need I say more?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Anderson on July 13, 2011
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I found this book regularly listed among books extolled by people like Joel Salatin, Gene Logsdon, Eliot Coleman and so decided that I needed to read it too. Difficult to find. Finally stumbled upon one that didn't cost as much as the farm I hope to have and am glad I did. Basically it is the story of a young man's journey into farming in England, WW1 - WW2 era. Interesting to see the different attitudes - English/USA and also a generation or two ago to now. This man worked his way up, work being the operative word. He gained his knowledge at the hands of the experienced farmers he worked for, absorbed their teachings, sifted the wheat from the chaff (literallly & figuratively) and then started his own farm implementing what he took away from his varied work experiences. Considering the differences in the times and cultures, this isn't a treatise that will give you a step-by-step how to start up your farm here and now. But the philosophical underpinnings are worth the price of admission. There are two follow up books - Farmer's Progress and The Farming Manual, neither of which I have (yet) read. But I recently scored a used Farmer's Progress is England and am looking forward to it.
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The bibliography in Eliot Coleman's book on organic gardening is as good as the book itself. Both Coleman and Joel Salatin rank this little pearl as one of their favorites. Henderson's book is an account of taking a run down farm and tripling its soil fertility with chickens, sheep, hogs, and cattle making it one of the highest per-acre yielding farms in England back during the early 1900's. His wit in castigating government subsidies and bureaucrats is as enjoyable as his farming wisdom. Though Henderson strongly advocated being abreast of the latest agricultural knowledge he also knew that many of his principles were timeless enough that his book would be around long after his death. Henderson's capacity for accomplishing his purposes, even in his teens, approached that of Solomon---the main difference being that Solomon started with unlimited gold and silver...Henderson and his brother started with a few year's experience and a well conceived plan. In fact, the two brothers proved Solomon's observation that "two are better than one, for they have a good return on their labor." Both his advice to farmers looking to hire help and to young people wanting to learn farming are alone worth the hefty price for such a small book. Many thanks to Henderson for writing it and to Coleman for recommending it.
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By Kiwi farmer on June 10, 2014
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A pithy book, written in pre Second World War England. The principles covered are enduring however, and predate the current crop of "rock star" farming gurus "new ideas" by three quarters of a century.
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By Ksyrium on February 12, 2014
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Written in the 1930's (as I recall), so you get a little more traditional English. Great pointers and insight into how they went about Farming back in those days! This gentleman used to write for a magazine in those days, so he is a good/interesting writer. This is some old world knowledge that just isn't around much anymore, and gave me ideas to incorporate into my small farm.
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