Recommended Farmers’ Resources

If you don’t see any particular resources that you think should be included below, please email us at info.msan@gmail.com and will add it to the list!

BOOKS

ANIMALS / PASTURE:

  • Beekeeping, Bonney
  • Grass Productivity, Voisin
  • Grasses, Brown
  • Greener Pastures…, Murphy
  • Homeopathic Treatment of Cattle, George McCloud
  • Pastured Poultry Profits, Salatin
  • Raising Poultry, Mercia
  • Raising Sheep the Modern Way, Simmons
  • Salad Bar Beef, Salatin
  • Sheep Raisers Manual, Knuesi
  • Small Scale Sheepk Keeping, Hunt
  • The Man Who Listens to Horses, Roberts
  • Training Workhorses, Training Teamsters, Miller
  • Why Grassfed is Best, Robinson
  • Work Horse Handbook, Miller

APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGY:

  • Micro-Hydropower Sourcebook, NRECA International Foundation
  • Solar Living Sourcebook, Real Goods

BIODYNAMICS:

  • Agriculture, Rudolph Steiner
  • A Biodynamic Farm, Lovel
  • Biodynamic Agriculture, Willy Schilthuis
  • “Biodynamic Farming practice”, Wistinghausen and Sattler
  • “Biodynamic Sprays”, Koepf
  • “Compost preps and Sprays”, Pfeiffer
  • Culture and Horticulture, Storl
  • “Handbook on Composting and the Biodynamic Preps”, Corrin
  • Kimberton Calendar
  • Spiritual Foundations for the Renewal of Agriculture, Steiner
  • “Stella Natura”, Calender from Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association
  • The Biodynamic Farm, Herbert Koepf

COVERCROPPING

  • The Northeast Cover Crop Handbook, Marianne Sarrantonio Rodale Institute
  • Managing Cover Crops for Profitability, Sustainable Ag Network

CSA:

  • CSA Farm Network, vol. 1&2, Gilman
  • Sharing the Harvest: a guide to community supported agriculture, Elizabeth Henderson

EQUIPMENT:

  • Horsedrawn Plows and Plowing, Miller
  • The Handcart Handbook, Tresemer
  • The Scythe Book, Tresemer
  • Steel in the Field, Bowman
  • Crop and Vegetable Farming or Gardening, Technical
  • Botany for Gardeners, Brian Capon
  • Garden Primer, Damrosch
  • Knott’s Handbook for Vegetable Growers, Maynard & Hochmuth
  • Rodales All New Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening, Rodale Press
  • Small Scale Grain Raising, Logsdon
  • Sustainable Vegetable Production from Start Up to Market, Vernon Grubinger
  • The Biological Farmer, Zimmer
  • The Gardenville Method, Beck
  • The Natural Way of Farming, Fukuoka
  • The New Organic Grower, Coleman

FARMING OR GARDENING, GENERAL:

  • An Agricultural Testament, Albert Howard
  • The Albrecht Papers, William Albrecht, ACRES USA
  • Changes in the Land, Cronin
  • Conversations with Farmers, Finding Sustainable Agriculture, SARE project on Maine farms
  • Culture and Horticulture, Storl
  • Elements of Sustainable Agriculture, SARE project on Maine farms
  • Encyclopedia of Country Living, Emery
  • Exploring the Small Farm Dream, New England Small Farm Institute
  • Farmers of Forty Centuries: Permanent Agriculture in China, Korea, and Japan, F.H. King
  • Farmland Transfer and Protection in New England, New England Small Farm Institute
  • Farms of Tomorrow Revisited, Groh
  • Five Acres and Independence, Kains
  • Gift of Good Land, Berry
  • H.R.M., Alan Savory
  • Introduction to Permaculture, Mollison
  • Natural Capitalism, Hawkins/Lovings
  • On Good Land, Ableman
  • Out of the Earth, Daniel Hillel
  • Regenerating Agriculture, Pretty
  • Successful Small Scale Farming, Schwenke
  • The Contrary Farmer, Logsdon
  • Organic Gardening Down South, Neal
  • The Organic Farmer’s Business Handbook, Wiswall
  • The Organic Farming Manual, Hansen
  • The On-Farm Mentor’s Guide, NESFI
  • The New Farmers Market, Corum et al.
  • The Real Dirt, Miranda Smith
  • The Soul of Soil, Gershuny & Smillie
  • Slow Gardening, Rushing
  • The Soil & Health, Albert Howard
  • Unsettling of America, Wendell Berry (as well as anything else he has written)
  • Water for Every farm, P.A. Yeomans

FOOD – HANDLING, STORAGE:

  • Putting Food By, Greene et al.
  • Root Cellaring, Bubel
  • Small Scale Postharvest Handling Practices, Kitinoja and Kader
  • Stocking Up, Hupping and the Rodale Staff

FOOD – RECIPIES, NUTRITION:

  • Greene on Greens, Greene
  • Healing with Whole Foods, Pitchford
  • Laurel’s Kitchen, Robertson et al.
  • Joy of Cooking, Rombauer, Rombauer Becker, and Becker
  • Nourishing Traditions, Fallon
  • Recipies From America’s Small Farms, Hayes and Stein
  • The Eco-Foods Guide, Barstow
  • Conscious Food, Sustainable Growing & Spiritual Eating, Ewing
  • The Grassfed Gourmet Cookbook, Hayes
  • The Moosewook Cookbook, Katzen
  • The Simply Grande Gardening Cookbook, Pollard

GREENHOUSE:

  • Secrets of Plant Propogation, Hill
  • Solviva, Edey
  • The Solar Greenhouse Book, McCullagh

HERBS:

  • A Modern Herbal, Grieve
  • A Woman’s Book of Herbs, Soule
  • Green Pharmacy, Griggs

POLITICS:

  • Biopiracy, Shiva
  • Stolen Harvest, Shiva

SEASON EXTENSION:

  • Four Season Harvest, Coleman
  • Winter Harvest Manual, Coleman

SEED SAVING:

  • Breed your own Vegetable Varieties, Deppe
  • “Restoring our Seed” packet, see also their website, growseed.org
  • Seed to Seed, Ashworth

SOILS AND COMPOST:

  • Building Soils for Better Crops, Magdoff and van Es
  • Compost: What it is, How it’s made, What it does, Koepf
  • DIRT The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth, William Bryant Logan
  • Easy Compost, Hanson
  • Start With The Soil, Gershuny
  • The Complete Book of Composting, Rodale
  • The Living Soil Balfour
  • The Nature and Properties of Soils, Nyle C. Brady

SPECIFIC CROPS:

  • A Garlic Testament, Stanley Crawford
  • Growing Great Garlic, Engeland
  • Herbal Renaissance, Foster
  • Medicinal Herbs, Sturdivant and Blakely
  • Specialty Cut Flowers, Alan Armitage
  • The Apple Grower, Phillips
  • The Back Yard Berry Book, Otto
  • The Flower Farmer, Byczynski
  • The Organic Apple Grower, Michael Philly’s
  • The Potential of Herbs as a Cash Crop, Miller

WEED, PEST, & DISEASE CONTROL:

  • Diseases & Pests of Vegetable Crops in Canada, Howard, Garland, & Seaman, Edaphos Paul Sachs
  • Identifying Diseases of Vegetables, MacNab et al.
  • Rodale’s Color Handbook of Garden Insects, Anna Carr
  • The Organic Gardeners Handbook of Natural Insect and Disease Control, Ellis and Bradey
  • Vegetable Farmers and their Weed Control Machines, produced by Vern Grubinger, UVM Extension and Mary Jane Else, UMass extension
  • Weeds and What they Tell, Pfeiffer
  • Weeds of the Northeast, Uva et al.