Bibliophiles everywhere rejoice! Today is National Book Lovers Day, a day for readers to share the books they love. We’ve taken a look, and these are the top 10 books people want to order in 2021! And with the August Eco-Farming Book Sale underway – discounts from 15-80% off – this is the perfect time to add some of these fan-favorites to your own collection.
Restoration Agriculture explains how we can have all of the benefits of natural, perennial ecosystems and create agricultural systems that imitate nature in form and function while still providing for our food, building, fuel and many other needs — in your own backyard, farm or ranch. This book, based on real-world practices, presents an alternative to the agriculture system of eradication and offers exciting hope for our future.
Hands-On Agronomy is a comprehensive manual on effective soil fertility management providing many on-farm examples to illustrate the various principles and how to use them. The function of micronutrients, earthworms, soil drainage, tilth, soil structure, and organic matter is explained in thorough detail.
When Weeds Talk
This is the 2nd edition of the book formerly titled Weeds and Why They Grow. Acres U.S.A. has long shown that weed control lies in fertility management. Every weed grows in a somewhat narrow window of allowable soil conditions. For the first time, hundreds of weeds of commercial importance are detailed along with the chemical analysis of accompanying soils. For example, burdock grows in soils with very high levels of iron and sulfate, very low levels of calcium and manganese. Balance the soil, lose the weed.
A New Farm Language
A New Farm Language tells the story of W. Joe Lewis’s humble beginnings as the son of an illiterate Mississippi sharecropper and the hardscrabble, yet happy childhood he spent raising chickens and growing cotton. It was on that small, rented farm with no electricity or indoor plumbing that Lewis developed a fondness for nature that would set him on an unlikely path towards becoming an eminent scientist and innovator. More than a memoir, A New Farm Language is a manifesto and mission statement confronting the abuses of industrial agriculture and defending the value of strong communities and natural resources.
Dirt to Soil
In Dirt to Soil, Gabe Brown tells the story of that amazing journey and offers a wealth of innovative solutions to our most pressing and complex contemporary agricultural challenge―restoring the soil. The Brown’s Ranch model, developed over two decades of experimentation and refinement, focuses on regenerating resources by continuously enhancing the living biology in the soil. Using regenerative agricultural principles, Brown’s Ranch has grown several inches of new topsoil in only 20 years! The 5,000-acre ranch profitably produces a wide variety of cash crops and cover crops as well as grass-finished beef and lamb, pastured laying hens, broilers, and pastured pork, all marketed directly to consumers.
Water for Any Farm
What you will read in this book is a distillation of over 25 years of on-the-ground experience working with and modifying the Yeomans’ Keyline Plan. From the back yard suburbs to 10,000-acre ranches and everywhere in between, from permafrost mountainsides just shy of the Arctic Circle, to equatorial boulder fields of East Africa, areas with 300 inches of rain per year to those with less than 3 inches, Mark Shepard has personally installed systems based on the Keyline design methodology and its modified forms.
Beekeeping Through the Seasons Guide
This 48-page resource features tips on:
- Budgeting for Beekeeping
- Sun and Shade for Bees
- How to Install Package Bees in a Langstroth Hive
- Urban Beekeeping Do’s and Don’ts
- The Varroa Mite: Know Your Enemy
- What is Honey Bee Dysentery?
- Emergency, Swarm, and Supercedure Cells
- Hive Robbing: Keeping Your Colony Safe
- What Bugs Your Bees Through the Seasons?
- Hygienic Bees Smell Disease and Do Something About It
- 5 Easy Beekeeping Projects for Winter
- Beekeeping Tasks for Every Season
Based on the latest research by pioneering agriculturists, this book arms you with new technologies and tools based on sound biological principles, making it possible to reduce and even eliminate tillage. Jeff Moyer’s clear and comprehensive guided tour of non-toxic, roller/crimper-based no-till is based on using soil biology to power the system. Field-tested over many seasons, these methods make cover crops into a source of fertility as well as a tool for weed management. As traditional tillage turns into rotational tillage, natural soil biology is maximized and synthetic inputs are minimized.
Natural Sheep Care
In this comprehensive guide for all breeders of sheep, whether for wool, meat or milk, Pat Coleby draws on decades of experience in natural animal husbandry to provide essential information for both organic and conventional farmers. The original edition has been expanded significantly in the areas of breeding for finer wool and meat, land management, sheep management and treatment of health problems. Coleby covers breeds of sheep, wool, meat and milk production, feeding requirements, poisonous plants, land management, minerals and vitamins, herbal, homeopathic and natural remedies, and more.
Dr. Paul Dettloff’s Complete Guide to Raising Animals Organically
This book describes the various biological systems in ruminants and how to address issues of health and illness on the farm. Specific natural treatments for numerous chronic illnesses, diseases and injuries are covered in language a layman can understand. Dr. Dettloff provides farmers and veterinarians alike with methods of care that are practical for any farm yet acceptable for certified organic operations and, most important, have been proven to work over time.
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