Books and Resources

Our farm library is always growing.  Here are a few we use a lot or we have found very helpful.

    • 10 Acres Enough
      by Edmund Morris
      This one really kicked off the possibilities for M. Agriculteur. Written in 1864 a man leaves NYC for the possibility of hard work and freedom in New Jersey

    • Introduction to Permaculture
      by Bill Mollison
      The quintessential permaculture primer from the guy who started the revolution.  Easy to read and inspires you to want to know more.  Love the hand drawn illustrations.

    • Restoration Agriculture
      by Mark Shepard
      A must-read for any farmer!  It takes agroforestry and adds a permaculture spin to it.  Shepard is extremely thorough in presenting his ideas for healing the soil/earth, feeding the world and not going broke doing it.  Written by a farmer for farmers.  He’s “walking the walk”.

    • You Can Farm: The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Start and Succeed in a Farm Enterprise
      by Joel Salatin

    • Pastured Poultry Profits: Net $25,000 in 6 Months on 20 Acres
      by Joel Salatin

    • Foxfire
      “Foxfire” is the name of a series of books which are anthology collections of material from The Foxfire Magazine. The students’ portrayal of the previously-dismissed culture of Southern Appalachia as a proud, self-sufficient people with simple beliefs, pure joy in living, and rock-solid faith shattered most of the world-at-large’s misconceptions about these “hillbillies.” Visit them at

    • Chicken Tractor: The Permaculture Guide to Happy Hens and Healthy Soil
      by Andy Lee

    • The Self-Sufficient Life and How to Live it
      By John Seymour
      Lovely illustrations and some helpful advice albeit pretty basic.  Some of it doesn’t seem to be based in reality, like the chapter on “The One-Acre Farm”,  but I’d still recommend it just for the illustrations!

    • Pig Perfect: Encounters with Remarkable Swine and Some Great Ways to Cook Them – couldn’t put it down, a history of pigs, thoughts on the taboo, and a loving portrait of Iberco hog prociutto.


    • The River Cottage Preserve Handbook
      By Pam Corbin

    • Charcuterie
      By Michael Ruhlman & Brian Polcyn
      I got a great breakfast sausage recipe from this.

    • Charcuterie and French Pork Cookery
      Jane Grigson

    • Whole Beast Butchery
      By Ryan Farr
      Great, easy to follow diagrams for all the cuts you need to make for lamb, beef, and pork.

4 Responses to Books and Resources

  1. Eumaeus says:

    Good list. It mirrors a Certain Section in our library.

    • Thanks – you’ve reminded me that this page needs an update. The shelves are burgeoning with books to be added. Any “must have” recommendations?

      • Eumaeus says:

        Don’t see any Wendell Berry in the current list that would certainly round out the collection. And I read Gene Logsdon a lot when I was starting out on this path. For fruit trees, I like Lee Reich. And for wild edibles, Sam Thayer. These are all kind of mid-west centric and I forget where you are. Alaska? BC? Anyway, I scrolled down and it looked like you were planting Pawlonia so maybe you’re a zone 6? Let me know if you want specific recommendations from these authors. Peace!

  2. I read Wendell Berry and Gene Logsdon – either checked out from the library or online, but I think you are right – it would be nice to have at least one book from each represented on the shelves for winter evening reads by the fire. I’ll check Reich and Thayer out at the library to see what might be good to add to the collection. Thanks for the recommendations!
    We are in Washington state – the farm is in the SW area and we live (for the time being) a 35 minute ferry ride from Seattle. The farm is considered zone 8a. The Pawlonia are an experiment. I grew them from seed I started a year ago last spring and just planted them out at 7-8 ft tall. Fingers crossed they will like it there.
    Thanks for the visit Eumaeus!

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