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Books we’ve read that moved us:

The Sheer Ecstasy of being a Lunatic Farmer – Joel Salatin   Excellent
The Vegetarian Myth – Lierre Keith  Excellent
Animals Make Us Human – Temple Grandin.
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle – Barbara Kingsolver
Omnivore’s Dilemma – Michael Pollan
Coming Home to Eat – Gary Paul Nabhan     
Everything I Want to Do Is Illegal – Joel Salatin
In Defense of Food – Michael Pollan
Fields of Plenty – Michael Ableman
Dogs of Dreamtime – Karen Shanley
For The Love of A Dog – Patricia B. McConnell, PH.D.

Holistic Resource Management –  Allan Savory
Salad Bar Beef   –   Joel Salatin
Pastured Poultry Profits – Joel Salatin
Family Friendly Farming – Joel Salatin
You Can Farm – Joel Salatin
Bio-Dynamic Farming Practice – Sattler-Wistinghausen
Weeds and What They Tell – Ehrenfried Pfeiffer
Intensive Grazing Management – Burt Williams
Grass Productivity – Andre Voisin
Soil, Grass and Cancer – Andre Voisin
Plowman’s Folly – Edward Faulkner
A Second Look – Edward Faulkner
Greener Pastures on Your Side of the Fence – Bill Murphy
Fertility Pastures and Cover Crops – Newman Turner
An Agricultural Testament – Sir Albert Howard
Chicken Tractor – Andy Lee
Beef Cattle Science – M. E. Emsinger
Chicken Health Handbook – Gail Damerow
Pasture Perfect – Jo Robinson
Permaculture One  – Bill Mollison
Permaculture Two – Bill Mollison
Permaculture:  A Designer’s Manual
Meeting the Expectations of the Land – Wes Jackson, Wendell Berry, Bruce Colman
Small Scale Grain Raising – Gene Logsdon
Weed the Soil, Not the Crop – Anne and Eric Nordell
Water for Every Farm, The Keyline Plan –  P.A. Yeoman
Living Water – Olof Alexandersson
Animals in Translation – Temple Grandin
Weeds of the West – Western Society of Weed Science
Weeds, Control without Poisons – Charles Walters
Man Must Measure, Livestock Production – Jan Bonsma
Feeds and Feeding – Frank Morrison


Growing Vegetables When it Counts – Steve Solomon  Territorial Seed founder
Water-wise Vegetables – Steve Solomon
Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades – Steve Solomon (3rd edition or later per author)
Winter Harvest Handbook – Eliot ColemanThe New Organic Grower – Eliot Coleman
Four Season Harvest – Eliot Coleman
Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties – Carol Deppe
Seed to Seed – Suzanne Ashmun
Gardening for Profit – Peter Henderson
The Vegetable Garden – MM. Vilmorin

Homeopathy for the Herd – Edgar Schaefer DVM
Alternative Treatments for Ruminant Animals – Paul Detloff, DVM
The Treatment of Cattle by Homeopathy – George Macleod, DVSM
Natural Cattle Care – Pat Coleby   (horse and goat edition are also available)
Merck Veterinary Manual
Treating Dairy Cows Naturally – Hubert J. Karreman, DVM
Medicinal Plants of the Pacific West – Michael Moore  Not just a field guide, good instructions for preparations.
Making Plant Medicine – Richo Cech


Ecology Of A Cracker Childhood – Janisse Ray
Wild Card Quilt – Janisse Ray  
1491 – Charles C. Mann
Wagons West – Frank McLynn

13 Comments leave one →
  1. Nancy Johnson permalink
    July 28, 2008 7:06 am

    Hey N, Loved your story. Isn’t that funny Randy and I met at work too! Just a little different story though. Weren’t you cute with your dress hiked up!! Our guys didn’t know what they were in for marrying gals like us! Well we’ve lost a total of 4 chickens. I did what you said turned the light off at night, they just about attack me in the am when I go out to feed them. We finally finished the chicken pen with bird netting over the top for the hawks, just need to paint the coop. I killed my first turkey, by accident. leaned the frame that we used for the chick containment and the wind blew it over and the poor turkey was in the way, he ran inside the coop and I found him later not doing well, so Randy finished him off, maybe in his next life he’ll watch for falling chicken wire frames! I don’t think I’ll have a hard time at butcher time, these chickens are so obnoxious! Anyway we’re thinking laborday weekend is the “big kill”. I’ll keep you posted. Congrats on 30 years.Nancy Johnson

  2. July 29, 2008 8:25 pm

    Hey N yourself, I’m glad it’s working out for the chickens. I think we are the true “high maintanence” women, they just don’t know it. I’m not telling either.

    Thanks for the congrats, good to hear from you, talk to you soon.

  3. September 27, 2008 6:30 pm

    What a great resource post. I’ll work my way through the one’s I’ve not yet read! thanks.

  4. Louise permalink
    September 30, 2008 6:50 pm

    Hi there,

    Just wondering if you have the book Man must measure by jan bonsma for sale as I have not been able to locate a book in worldwide searches.



  5. Brandon Smith permalink
    January 14, 2009 8:54 am

    I am looking for the book Man Must Measure. Wanted to know if you could help me out.

  6. August 11, 2009 3:49 am

    A goodly list.

    One of our sons having high functioning autism, and an interest in agriculture, we of course have read everything by or about Temple Grandin we can get our grubby little paws on.

    • August 11, 2009 4:35 am

      Risa, definitely! Temple writes with so much insight. I wish she was better known, baby steps…

  7. December 9, 2009 7:35 pm

    Oh, I like the idea of creating a Bookshelf page. I counted 13 favorites we have in common in just the first section! My books are my friends and guides, and they do say a lot about what matters most to me… nice of you to share.

  8. Tom permalink
    March 3, 2011 7:34 pm

    Please contact me if you have the book to purchase by Jan Bonsma – Man Must Measure, Livestock Production or where I could find one. Thankyou

    • March 3, 2011 9:43 pm

      I bought mine from Acres USA, but it is now currently out of print. Check with AbeBooks they sell used books.

  9. June 23, 2013 6:14 pm

    This is an awesome list! I’ll be adding many of these to my “to-read” list.

  10. Barbara permalink
    May 19, 2015 8:50 am

    Thank you for these! I’ve read many at your recommendation. Here’s one for you: Visiting Tom, by Michael Perry. Just finished it, having found it at the library.

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