Farmgirl School

"It is no bad thing to celebrate a simple life." -Tolkien

I have learned so much through non-fiction accounts of people becoming farmers.  Not only do the books keep me laughing, the protagonist always reels me in more to farm life, and I am smitten with everything farming entails, the good and the bad.  This is part two of my Favorite Farm Books.  Five more for your perusal.

chickens in the road coverChickens in the Road; An Adventure in Ordinary Splendor by Suzanne McMinn

A memoir about a woman who finds love and a farm but finds that her true love is the farm.  Moving, but very funny!

one woman farm coverOne Woman Farm; My Life Shared with Sheep, Pigs, Chickens, Goats, and a Fine Fiddle by Jenna Woginrich

My favorite author is back with this sweet journal of life on a farm.  A full of year of journal entries, whimsical drawings (by an illustrator), and beautiful imagery.

soil and sacrament bookSoil and Sacrament; A Spiritual Memoir of Food and Faith by Fred Bahnson

This was a different type of farming book than the kind I usually indulge in.  It takes place in different settings through the years, his time visiting a monastery that grows mushrooms, Mexico to grow coffee, a permaculture farm, a charity farm, his own church farm, and a Jewish retreat center/farm.  All giving valuable lessons on farming but also intertwining our search for spiritual nurturing and God’s undeniable presence in food and farms.

homegrown honey bees coverHomegrown Honey Bees; Beekeeping Your First Year from Hiving to Honey Harvest by Alethea Morrison

This book is full of great pictures and absolute step-by-step guides to take the anxiety out of getting bees.  It touts itself as the Absolute Beginner’s Guide which sums me up perfectly!

growing herbs cover101 Herbs that Heal; Gardening Techniques, Recipes, and Remedies by Tammi Hartung

The first book that got me hooked on medicinal herbs and started me on this journey of ours.  It is full of herbs, their properties, how to grow them, and how to make a few basic medicines.

6 thoughts on “Five More Favorite Farm Books

  1. debweeks says:

    Thanks for the book list. I’m always looking for new reading material.

    1. Farmgirl says:

      So am I! Please share any titles you think I would enjoy too.

      1. Jona Thorn says:

        The good life by Scott and Helen Nearing. An inspiring read.

      2. Farmgirl says:

        Thanks Jona! I think I began to read it but never finished it for some reason. I will have to check it out from the library. Hope all is well out at your farm!

  2. PoultryLED says:

    What a terrific list of books! I was looking for new reading material. Thanks for the suggestions!

    1. Farmgirl says:

      You are welcome! Enjoy reading!

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