Last month our readers were focused on the theme of farm-to-table, thanks to several great articles in the September 2022 Acres U.S.A. magazine. That interest was also reflected in our monthly bestseller list, where some audience favorites rub shoulders with at least one newcomer!
Read on to see our list of September 2022 bestsellers – and keep an eye out for some good deals as well.
1. Restoration Agriculture by Mark Shepard
Restoration Agriculture by Mark Shepard 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. Get your copy here!
2. Water for Any Farm by Mark Shepard
Written as a companion to the bestseller, Restoration Agriculture, this book by permaculture expert and Wisconsin farmer Mark Shepard will help farmers capture water in areas they want to, and avoid having water flow immediately to the low point. The result? Less water expense, healthier crops and livestock, and less erosion … just to name a few. Get your copy here!
3. Sea Energy Agriculture by Maynard Murray
Maynard Murray was a medical doctor who researched the crucial importance of minerals — especially trace elements — to plants and animals. Beginning in 1938 and continuing through the 1950s, Dr. Murray used sea solids — mineral salts remaining after water is evaporated from ocean water — as fertilizer on a variety of vegetables, fruits and grains. Get your copy here.
4. Hands-On Agronomy by Neal Kinsey
The soil is more than just a substrate that anchors crops in place. An ecologically balanced soil system is essential for maintaining healthy crops. Hands-On Agronomy by Neal Kinsey 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. Get your copy here!
5. When Weeds Talk by Jay L. McCaman
This is the 2nd edition of the book formerly titled Weeds and Why They Grow by James L. McCaman. 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. Get your copy here!
6. Dirt to Soil by Gabe Brown
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. Get your copy here!
7. How to Grow Great Alfalfa by Dr. Harold Willis
Essential information for anyone whose operation depends on growing forage grasses, from Dr. Harold Willis. Learn how to establish a healthy stand. Is high potassium necessary for high quality? How can you measure forage quality? Put just one idea from this booklet to work and it will pay for itself a thousandfold. Get your copy here!
8. My Farmer, My Customer by Marty Travis
Written by the co-owner of the Spence Farm featured in the documentary, “Sustainable,” this book provides the reader with the necessary steps an owner-operator must take to set up their family farm for long-term success. It’s a must read for anyone who is passionate about healthy food and healthy farms, from chefs to home cooks to the commercial grower.
Marty, a seasoned farmer, writes each chapter like a neighbor giving trusted advice, including honest details about what worked and what failed — more reasons this book is so special. Get your copy here!
Meet Marty Travis in person this December at the 2022 Eco-Ag Conference & Trade Show! View the full agenda here.
9. The Albrecht Papers, Vol. I-VIII
This valuable collection of essays reveals the insights of a brilliant soil scientist ahead of his time. Here the papers have been grouped to best focus attention and allowed to reciprocate the values upon which all of Albrecht’s work are based. Get your collection here!
10. Natural Sheep Care by Pat Coleby
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. 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. Get your copy here!
Even More Bestsellers
- Weeds – Control Without Poisons by Charles Walters
- The André Leu Collection: The Myths of Safe Pesticides, Poisoning Our Children and Growing Life
- What Your Food Ate by Anne Biklé and David R. Montgomery (new in 2022!) – Catch Anne and David’s keynote presentation at the 2022 Eco-Ag Conference & Trade Show
- Food, Farming & Health by Dr. Vandana Shiva, et al
- Natural Cattle Care by Pat Coleby
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