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” 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 http://www.foxfire.org/
- 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.
COOKING AND PROCESSING
- The River Cottage Preserve Handbook
By Pam Corbin
By Michael Ruhlman & Brian Polcyn
I got a great breakfast sausage recipe from this.
- Charcuterie and French Pork Cookery
- Whole Beast Butchery
By Ryan Farr
Great, easy to follow diagrams for all the cuts you need to make for lamb, beef, and pork.