Five More Favorite Farm Books

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.

Growing Potatoes in an Odd Fashion

potatoes

This is the time of year I wish I were in a warmer climate for I would surely be outside planting!  Looking out at the four foot drifts, I really need to worry about how to get to the chicken coop, not the garden!

trash can

In the meantime, our dance company performs this Friday.  In one of the numbers the kids are alley cats and I always have crazy ideas that I then have to implement.  I thought I would get a couple of trash cans that they could crouch behind then saunter out to their positions and start their dance.  Now, I’ll have two black trash cans that I really don’t need…..or do I?

My mind wanders back to a class I took with Tammi Hartung.  I really like this lady.  She has some great books out there.  She is an accomplished author and grower.  She provides herbs for the nearby plant nursery and is an herbalist.  It was her book, “Growing 101 Herbs that Heal” that inspired me on my current journey as an herbalist.  In this class, hosted by Tagawa Gardens, she talked about growing vegetables indoors all winter, sans lights and crazy set ups.  That inspired my table you will see in my post The Indoor Farmer (under Farming).  She also mentioned in the class how to grow tons of potatoes.

Place six inches of good planting soil in the bottom of the trash can with drainage holes drilled in the bottom.  Set tubers spread a part across the top.  Top with another six inches of soil.  Water.  Let soak up sun (no lid).  When the green part starts to rise above the soil line, add six more inches of soil.  Continue to do this until you nearly reach the top or it is the end of the season.  When you dump out the trash can, you will be flush in potatoes to store for the winter!  The entire barrel will be filled!  How marvelous!

We didn’t get around to doing this last year but I told a friend about it.  At the end of the season when they dumped out the trash can, it was filled with potatoes!

potato basket

I cannot wait to turn my dance trash cans into barrels of winter potatoes.  I will plant potatoes in the garden at St. Patrick’s Day, plant the two barrels closer to Mother’s day, and then plant another set of potatoes in the garden in July.  We do like our potatoes around here.  Some great, colorful, heirloom potatoes await!

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