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About the Author

Edmund Morris was born and educated in Kenya and went to college in South Africa. He worked as an advertising copywriter in London before immigrating to the United States in 1968. His biography The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt won the Pulitzer Prize and American Book Award in 1980. After spending several years as President Reagan's authorized biographer, he published the national bestseller Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan in 1999. He has written extensively on travel and the arts for such publications as "The New Yorker, The New York Times," and "Harper's Magazine," Edmund Morris lives in New York and Washington with his wife and fellow biographer, Sylvia Jukes Morris.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (July 26, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 048643737X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486437378
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is one of my favorites. Since it was written during the mid-1860's, the writing style is perhaps a bit different from what we are used to nowadays, but not distractingly so. This farmer knows how to tell a story. He starts with his longing to leave the city, leads us through his search for an affordable property and then lets us follow him as he chooses his crops -- among them, 804 peach trees at 7 cents a piece, all dutifully "tarred" to prevent worms -- and markets the produce for the first few years on the farm. Along the way, he scatters fascinating tidbits about his life. One of my favorites is the story of his blackberry plants. While living in town, he had read of a new kind of blackberry that intrigued him, and though it was a very unheard of thing to do at the time, he orderd six of the plants by mail, at the princely sum of five dollars. When the plants arrived, he was shocked at their size and appearance. "They looked like long white worms, with here and there a bud or an eye" and was too embarassed to admit to his wife that he paid so much for them. But he planted them and tended them, and the next year had a magnificent crop of berries, and so finally admitted to the cost. He and his wife agreed it was a bargain at that, and since they loved the berries so much, they dug up the plants and took them along to their new farm. There, the berries attracted the attention of neighbors and nurserymen, and by being one of the first suppliers in the area, he was able to sell $460 worth of blackberry plants that first year on the farm -- quite a return on his initial five dollar investment.Read more ›
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Ah, truly a book to inspire. I wanted to dash right out and dig up the old potato patch!
Although this is an American book and therfore I did not understand a lot of the geographical references, this in no way detracted from the enjoyment I got from this book. I felt a bit smug when thinking about the success I have had with my chickens, but quite wilted when comparing his raspberries and strawberries with mine! Next season, I'm going to get me a lawtonberry or two.
I found it a bit tedious towards the end but that was when he was no longer writing about his own little farm and I think many of his comments there are quite dated and of no practical value now.
This book was well written and entertaining, though some comments I feel should rather be taken with a pinch of salt.
Rather sorry that I have finished reading this book and heartily recommend it to anyone who has fancied getting a small-holding or even those who just want to grow something well in their own backyard. Many of his tips and comments are as valid today as they were 140 years ago.
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This is a fantastic book about self sufficiency. The only knock is it is dated. But it was written over 150 years ago. It has some interesting information about the economy from the past that you dont hear alot about too. It helps feel better about these bad times we live in now. It shows it wont last forever. Did you know that even during the great depression they had previous bad times to look to. Believe it or not each generation is not the first ot suffer, nor will they be the last. Good times will come again. And what we learn during the bad times determines the success we will have when times are good. This book teaches more than just farming, though that is the featured aspect. IT was an enjoyable read. I would love to have a modern author do a similar expirament adn write adn updated version. Maybe that book will still sell for 200 years.
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Great read. I bought this book looking for some ideas on how to better enjoy the farm life I now have. This book tells about a man who is tried of the hustle and bustle of city life. (And mind you this was in the late 1800's). He writes in detail how to locate a small piece of property and live a much fulfilled life. I highly recommend this book. I have already loaned it out twice.

P.S. see if you can find the small reference about The Civil War.
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This is a facinating read. Though it was written well over a century ago, it still gives basic tips on that can be used today on a small plot of land. Times have changed in the marketing of products, so I do not believe a person can make a living as he suggesst. However, many people have been successful raising fruit to sell locally on small acreage in today's market. The author has some great tips for this, on how to prepare an orchard and how to make the most of your land.
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Reading Ten Acres Enough gives one the experience of walking beside Edwin Morris as he learns to farm his 10 acres into sustainable farm income for his large family. For those wishing to venture into a sustainable lifestyle, his farm journal is a good place to start from the ground up. Practical tips on diversifying the land to produce monthly income throughout the year.
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The way in which Morris expresses himself is quaint, funny, and pithy. There are few unnecessary words in this tiny book. Large passages involving boom and bust feel especially relevant after the Great Recession. Morris sounds surprisingly modern. He embraces science, encourages his readers to question tradition but dotes on his family. He has several sharp observations regarding the relationship between a happy wife and happy life. Highly recommend both to back-to-the-land types and those to appreciate a more formal writing style.
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