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Gardening books, vintage farming books, forestry books; free online. Hundreds of books on horticulture, farm life, & forest management.

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Gardening Books

Gardening Collection – Gardening Books

Big collection of over 4,400 modern books and magazines that are free online at the Internet Archive, related to “gardening”. If you wish to narrow the search, find “Topics & Subjects” in the left column and click on “More”. Some books: Organic Gardening (a periodical: many volumes here), Greenhouse Gardening, Container Gardening, Vegetable Gardening, Winter Gardening, Basic Gardening, Annual Gardening, Illustrated Guide to Gardening, Coastal Gardening, Natural Gardening, Gardening with Kids, Gardening Encyclopedia, Gardening in South Texas, Water Gardening Basics, Gardening with Perennials, Gardening without Soil, many more. Gardening books.

Vegetable Gardening Collection – Gardening Books

More than 300 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Vegetable Gardening. Some books: How to Eat Better and Spend Less, Vegetables from Small Gardens, A Child’s Gardening Book, The Self-Sufficient Suburban Garden, Book of Garden Secrets, Gardening in Small Spaces, Easy to Grow Vegetables, Manual of Home Vegetable Gardening, Grow Your Own Vegetables, Grow More Nutritious Vegetables without Soil, many more. Gardening books free online.

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Organic Gardening Collection – Gardening Books

About 250 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Organic Gardening. Some books: Gardening Naturally, Organic, Organic Garden Basics, Grow Organic: over 250 tips and ideas, The Complete Natural Gardener, The Michigan Gardening Guide, The Organic Gardener, Practical Book of Organic Gardening, many more.

Flower Gardening Collection – Gardening Books

About 300 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Flower Gardening. Some books: Old-Fashioned Flowers for Modern Gardens, The Complete Garden Flower Book, Best Loved Garden Plants, Gardener’s Guide to Growing Lilies, Wild Flower Gardening, The New Flower Expert, Wildflower Gardens, Perennials, Guide to Growing Beautiful Flowers, Successful Flower Gardening, Year-Round Flower Gardener, many more. Gardening books.

Herb Gardening Collection – Gardening Books

About 200 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Herb Gardening. Some books: How to Grow Herbs, Handbook on Culinary Herbs, The Herb Garden, Herb Gardening at its Best, How Grow Herbs in the Midwest, Heirloom Herbs, Herb Gardening in the South, Grow Your Own Herbs in Pots, Everyday Cooking with Herbs, The Herb Garden Gourmet, The New England Herb Gardener, many more. Gardening books free online.

Container Gardening Collection – Gardening Books

About 200 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Container Gardening. Some books: Potted Gardens, Gardening in Containers, The Container Specialist, Container Gardening, A Kid’s Guide to Container Gardening, Container Gardening for Dummies, Gardening without a Garden, Window-Box Allotment, Grow Plants in Pots, Container Plants, many more. Gardening books.

Perennials Collection – Gardening Books

Here are over 160 free online modern books on Perennials. You can use the “Search this Collection” box to narrow your search. Some books: Great Perennials: from bud to seed, Hardy Perennials: a beginner’s guide, Perennials Preferred, Perennials for Bed and Border, Growing Flowering Perennials, The Smaller Perennials, Canadian Garden Perennials, Herbaceous Perennial Plants, Growing Perennials in Cold Climates, Five-Plant Gardens, many more. Gardening books free online..

House Plants Collection – Gardening Books

Here are 380 free online modern books on House Plants. You can use the “Search this Collection” box to narrow your search. Some books: Plants for Sunny Windows, Encyclopedia of House Plants, House Plant Troubleshooter, 1,000 Beautiful House Plants and How to Grow Them, Complete Indoor Plants, Houseplants and Plant Care, Exotic House Plants, Houseplant Survival Manual, First Aid for Plants, Dictionary of Indoor Plants, many more. Gardening books.

Manual of Gardening

Bailey , Liberty Hyde
Macmillan 1910 Dewey Dec. 635

Combines the main parts of the author’s “Garden Making and Practical Garden” book, bringing to date and enlarging into an authoritative and comprehensive handbook for the northeastern United States. The “seasonal reminders” (chiefly for vegetables) are made for both North and South.- A.L.A. Catalog 1904-1911. Old gardening book free.

Plant-breeding

Bailey, Liberty Hyde
Macmillan 1895 Dewey Dec. 635

Lucid account of various methods adopted by gardeners to secure new and improved varieties. Deals with subjects of variation as influenced by physical environment, the struggle for life, the division of labor, etc. – A.L.A. Catalog 1904. Old gardening book free.

New Garden Book

Better Homes and Gardens Books
Meredith 1990 Dewey Dec. 635

Lavishly illustrated guide presents gardening basics, landscaping, special gardens, and charts of over 800 plants, diseases, and pests. Each chapter is produced by horticultural experts of national authority. Easy-to-follow instructions for landscaping with trees, shrubs, flowers, lawns, and roses. Detailed selection guides and hardiness zone maps. Includes the latest trends in water gardens, outdoor rooms, container gardens, regional gardening, and lot planning. Tips and advice give new homeowners and new gardening hobbyists great-looking yards. Free gardening books.

Landscaping: A Five-Year Plan

James, Theodore Jr.
MacMillan 1988 Dewey Dec. 635

A unique, step-by-step five-year schedule to turn a neglected home landscape into a stunning garden that yields year-round pleasure. Written especially for the new home-owner, James draws on his experience to answer the hundreds of questions about growing and maintaining lawns, flowers, trees and shrubs, integrating outdoor furniture and lawn structures, and much more. Free gardening book.

For thousands more free online non-fiction books, see our A-Z Subject Index

The Organic Gardener

Lavelle, Christine and Michael
Anness 2004 Dewey Dec. 635

An essential reference guide to natural gardening, showing how to apply organic principles to all aspects of garden planning, design and maintenance and illustrated with over 800 color photographs. Organic gardening books.

The Practical Encyclopedia of Houseplants & Plant Care

McHoy, Peter
Hermes House 2000 Dewey Dec. 635

Over 600 photos. Step-by-step advice on watering, feeding and choosing the right container. Instructions on division, layering, cuttings and propagation techniques. Choosing the right plants for your home. A-Z catalogue of plants for quick identification. Gardening books.


Vintage Farming Books – Free Books about Farm Life

Farming Books – Collection

Here are 800 free online farming books. If you wish to narrow the search, find “Topics & Subjects” in the left column and click on “More”. Some books: Sustainable Farming, Factory Farming, World Farming, Farming Technology, The Effects of Farming, Cooperative Farming, Is Factory Farming Harming America, The Farming Game, Modern Chinchilla Fur Farming, About Truck Farming, Farming for the Future, Profitable Organic Farming, Backyard Sheep Farming, Farming and the Food Supply, many more. Free agriculture books, organic farming books free download, agriculture science book, agribusiness books, free books about farm life, free sustainable farming books, farming books free online, books on urban farming, agro books, best books about agriculture.

Folkscanomy Library on Agriculture – Farming Books

350 free online books on Agriculture at the Internet Archive, handpicked by ‘Folkscanomy’. Some books: Encyclopedia of Insects, Organic Farming for Dummies, The Chicken Health Handbook, A Practical Manual of Beekeeping, A Resource Book for Permaculture, Agroforestry, Encyclopedia of Water Science, Totally Organic Hydroponics, Indexes of Plant Diseases in the U.S., Toward Agroforestry Design, The Joy of Keeping Chickens, many more. Agriculture guide book, organic farming book, agriculture books online, free online farming books, organic agriculture books, free sustainable farming books, handbooks of organic farming, books on animal husbandry.

Family Farms Books – Collection

About 80 modern free online books about family farms, some of which are fiction. Some books: Ontario’s Century Farms Past & Present, The American Family Farm, A Portrait of a Family Farm, Defending the Agrarian Ideal, Farm Estate & Business Planning, America’s Farm Crisis, A Year in the Life of an American Farmer, The Family Farm: can it be saved?, A Journey to Canada’s Family Farms, Pictures from the Farm, many more. Organic farming books, free sustainable farming books, free books about farm life, farminb books free online, family farm books, agriculture books online, free agriculture books.

Practical Farming; A Treatise on Present Farming Conditions and How to Improve Them

Allerton, Samuel W.
Rand, McNally 1907 Dewey Dec. 630

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Cyclopedia of American Agriculture

– Volume 2

– Volume 3

– Volume 4

Bailey, , Liberty Hyde. ed.
Macmillan 1907-9 Dewey Dec. 630

Vol 1 – Farms; Vol 2 – Crops; Vol 3 – Farm Animals; Vol 4 – Farm and Community
Valuable and comprehensive treatise, the work of several hundred specialists, collecting a large mass of material bearing on the history, economic and sociologic aspects of agriculture in this country. – A.L.A. Catalog 1904-1911. History of agriculture book, vintage farming books online, old farm & garden books, free books about farm life.

Farm and Forest

Bailey, Liberty Hyde, ed.
Hall and Locke 1911 Dewey Dec. 630

Volume 3 in a 10-vol. series called “Vocations” edited by William DeWitt Hyde. This volume contains 2 parts; “Farm Life” with 30 essays, and “Forestry”, with seven essays. Essays are each from different authors. Free books about farm life, old farm & garden books, free sustainable farming books, old farming books, forestry books free.

Farm and Garden Rule-Book

A Manual of Ready Rules and Reference with Recipes, Precepts, Formulas, and Tabular Information for the use of general farmers, gardeners, fruit-growers, stockmen, dairymen, poultrymen, foresters, rural teachers, and others in the United States and Canada

Bailey, L. H.
Macmillan 1911 Dewey Dec. 631

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Agriculture and the Farming Business

Benson, Oscar H. and Betts, George Herbert
Bobb-Merrill 1917 Dewey Dec. 630

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Citizenship Papers

Berry, Wendell
Shoemaker & Hoard 2003 Dewey Dec. 338.1

Citizenship Papers collects nineteen new essays, from celebrations of exemplary lives to critiques of American life, including “A Citizen’s Response [to the new National Security Strategy]”—a ringing call of caution to a nation standing on the brink of global catastrophe.
“Berry’s essays may restate what he has said before – that agribusiness and the new globalism are inimical to human thriving – but they say it better, and through different immediate subjects, saliently including sound sheep raising and 9/11, than ever before.” -Booklist. Family farm book, books about factory farming, books related to agriculture, free sustainable farming books, free books about farm life, agribusiness books, free agriculture books.

Home Life of Women In Western Canada

Canadian Pacific Railway Company 1907 Dewey Dec. 630

A 40-page booklet with numerous photos produced by the Canadian Pacific Railway to promote immigration to the western provinces and to help the company sell 10 million acres there. It contains many brief profiles of western women in various roles. Free books about farm life, old farming books, home farm books, family farm books.

Horse, Truck, and Tractor. The Coming of Cheaper Power for City and Farm

Casson, Herbert N., ed.
Browne 1913 Dewey Dec. 631.3

See also:Casson, Herbert, The Romance of the Reaper in Illinois Economic History

Sustainable Market Farming: Intensive Vegetable Production on a Few Acres

Dawling, Pam
New Society 2013 Dewey Dec. 635

Targeted at serious growers in every climate zone, Sustainable Market Farming is a comprehensive manual for small-scale farmers raising organic crops sustainably on a few acres.
Informed by the author’s extensive experience growing a wide variety of fresh, organic vegetables and fruit to feed the approximately one hundred members of Twin Oaks Community in central Virginia, this practical guide provides:
-Detailed profiles of a full range of crops, addressing sowing, cultivation, rotation, succession, common pests and diseases, and harvest and storage Information about new, efficient techniques, season extension, and disease resistant varieties
-Farm-specific business skills to help ensure a successful, profitable enterprise
Whether you are a beginning market grower or an established enterprise seeking to improve your skills, Sustainable Market Farming is an invaluable resource and a timely book for the maturing local agriculture movement. Organic agriculture books, family farm books, home farm books, books on urban farming, small farm books, free sustainable farming books, free books about farm life.

The New Business of Farming

Dimock, Julian A.
Frederick A. Stokes 1918 Dewey Dec. 630

The Fruited Plain: the Story of American Agriculture

Ebeling, Walter
University of California 1979 Dewey Dec. 630

Details the history of agriculture in America’s seven geographical regions, analyzing the environmental problems that began when the Indians’ “shifting” agriculture was replaced by the white man’s “permanent” agriculture. Farming books free online.

Dairy Cattle and Milk Production

Eckles, Clarence Henry
Macmillan 1911 Dewey Dec. 637

Manual for dairymen and dairy students, dealing with the subject in an accurate, full and
specific manner. Considered by an expert the best of its kind.- A.L.A. Catalog 1904-1911. Old farming books, vintage farming books online.

See also:Lampard, Eric E., The Rise of the Dairy Industry in Wisconsin; a Study in Agricultural Change, 1820-1920 and Turning Points in Wisconsin History: The Rise of Dairy Farming in Wisconsin Economic History

The Breeds of Live-Stock

Gay, Carl W. ed.
Macmillan 1919 Dewey Dec. 636

Articles from L. H. Bailey’s Cyclopedia of American Agriculture, Volume 3, were updated, edited and rearranged for this book. Vintage farming books online, old farming books.

The Disappearing American Farm

Goldberg, Jake
Franklin Watts 1995 Dewey Dec. 338.1

“Describes the problems in American agriculture due to technological innovation, gives a history of American agriculture to explain the origins of the crisis, and outlines the limitations of government farm programs and policies to cope.”

The First Book of Farming

Goodrich, Charles L.
Doubleday, Page 1907 Dewey Dec. 630

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Food and Farming

Green, Jen
Heinemann Library 2012 Dewey Dec. 630

“We are all aware of the importance of the environment – it’s in the news, it affects our behavior and the decisions we make every day. But what actual impact has environmental thinking had on the world around us? This thought-provoking book looks at the way changing ideas about the environment and sustainability have affected the way we obtain our food, and will do so in the future.”
Thinking about food sources — What is environmentalism? — Modernization of farming — The impact of farming — The “greening” of farming — The food industry — Feast and famine — Looking into the future — Timeline. Free sustainable farming books, farming books free online.

The Food & Farming Transition: Toward a Post Carbon Food System

Heinberg, Richard and Bomford, Michael
Post Carbon Institute 2009 Dewey Dec. 630

Conclusion: The American food system rests on an unstable foundation of massive fossil fuel inputs. It must be reinvented in the face of declining fuel stocks. The new food system will use less energy, and the energy it uses will come from renewable sources. We can begin the transition to the new system immediately through a process of planned, graduated, rapid change. The unplanned alternative – reconstruction from scratch after collapse – would be chaotic and tragic.

Making the Corn Belt: A Geographical History of Middle-Western Agriculture

Hudson, John C.
Indiana University 1994 Dewey Dec. 630

Stretching from the Rockies to the Appalachians, the Corn Belt is America’s heartland. ‘Making the Corn Belt’ traces the geographical and agricultural evolution of this region, whose agriculture is based on the tradition of feeding corn to meat animals, especially beef cattle and hogs. Farming books free online.

The Department of Agriculture

Hurt, R. Douglas
Chelsea House 1989 Dewey Dec. 630

Surveys the history of the Department of Agriculture, describing its structure, current function, and influence on American society.

The Dust Bowl: An Agricultural and Social History

Hurt, R. Douglas
Nelson-Hall 1981 Dewey Dec. 630

About Truck Farming

Johnson, Irma
Melmont 1962 Dewey Dec. 635

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The Farming Game: Hard-Headed Advice and Fascinating Anecdotes on How a Small Operation Can Succeed

Jones, Bryan
Ballantine 1984 Dewey Dec. 630

In cantankerous opinions, hard-headed advice, and free-swinging sketches of real farmers, Bryan Jones addresses everyone who feels the pull of the land. He accepts the emotional appeal of “going back to the land” and then takes the unconventional stand that, above all, farming can be a good way to make money. Against the grain of public policy that, he maintains, encourages big agriculture, Jones works out how a shrewd, stubborn small farmer can still make a go of it.
The heart of the book is the primer for novices–and for city folk who dream of farming. Jones emphasizes the practicalities of farm finance and recommends sidelines for the beginner–welding, giving guitar lessons, keeping the books for a local elevator–as an alternative to starving. He urges newcomers to start small and to be sure that farming is something they really want to do. To interested bystanders, The Farming Game offers one farmer’s audacious, stimulating, and entertaining view of American agriculture today. Free books about farm life, farming books free online, free sustainable farming books.

Food’s Frontier: the Next Green Revolution

Manning, Richard
North Point 2000 Dewey Dec. 338.1

Food’s Frontier provides a survey of pioneering agricultural research projects underway in Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Uganda, India, China, Chile, Brazil, Mexico, and Peru by a writer both well-grounded technically and sensitive to social and cultural issues. The book starts from the premise that the “Green Revolution” which averted mass starvation a generation ago is not a long-term solution to global food needs and has created its own very serious problems.
Solutions to these problems are coming from a reexamination of ancient methods of agriculture that have allowed small-scale productivity over many generations. Research in the developing world, based on alternative methods and philosophies, indigenous knowledge, and native crops, joined with cutting edge technology, offer hope for a more lasting solution to the world’s increasing food needs.

The Farmer’s and Emigrant’s Hand Book

being a Full and Complete Guide for the Farmer and Emigrant, comprising the clearing of forest and prairie land – gardening – farming generally – farriery – cookery – and the prevention and cure of diseases. with copious hints, recipes and tables

Marshall, Josiah T.
Boston: Wentworth 1852 Dewey Dec. 631

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The Small Country Place

Maynard, Samuel Taylor
Lippincott 1908 Dewey Dec. 630

Practical information on building the house, decorating the grounds, fruit growing, market gardening, poultry keeping, and dairying. Calendar outlines each month’s work. Applies specially to eastern conditions, but many of the suggestions are of value anywhere. Well illustrated. – A.L.A. Catalog 1904-1911. Vintage farming books online, old farming books, old farm & garden books, free books about farm life.

A History Of World Agriculture: From the Neolithic Age to the Current Crisis

Mazoyer, Marcel and Roudart, Laurence
Earthscan 2006 Dewey Dec. 630

Only once we understand the long history of human efforts to draw sustenance from the land can we grasp the nature of the crisis that faces humankind today, as hundreds of millions of people are faced with famine or flight from the land. From Neolithic times through the earliest civilizations of the ancient Near East, in savannahs, river valleys and the terraces created by the Incas in the Andean mountains, an increasing range of agricultural techniques have developed in response to very different conditions. These developments are recounted in this book, with detailed attention to the ways in which plants, animals, soil, climate, and society have interacted.
During the twentieth century, mechanization, motorization and specialization have brought to a halt the pattern of cultural and environmental responses that characterized the global history of agriculture until then. Today a small number of corporations have the capacity to impose the farming methods on the planet that they find most profitable. Mazoyer and Roudart propose an alternative global strategy that can safeguard the economies of the poor countries, reinvigorate the global economy, and create a livable future for mankind.

Manual of Practical Farming

McLennan, John
Macmillan 1910 Dewey Dec. 630

Practical, non-technical treatise covering briefly the whole range of farming. – A.L.A. Catalog 1904-1911. Vintage farming books online, old farming books.

Factory Farming

Miller, Debra A.
Greenhaven 2010 Dewey Dec. 630

This title debates various facets of factory farming including, the necessity of large scale farming; the ethics of factory farming; the impact of factory farming on human health and the environment; and the future of factory farming.; Each anthology is composed of a wide spectrum of sources written by many of the foremost authorities in their respective fields. Farming books free online.

Merchants of Grain

Morgan, Dan
Penguin 1982 Dewey Dec. 380

“The power and profits of the five giant companies at the center of the world’s food supply.” – book cover

The Department of Agriculture

Rasmussen, Wayne D. and Baker, Gladys L.
Praeger 1972 Dewey Dec. 630

A volume in the “Praeger Library of U.S. Government Departments and Agencies”. The books in this series “describe the origin, development, function, methods, and structure of specific departments or agencies and explain how far their activities extend and how they relate to other branches of the government and to the public.”

Farm: A Year in the Life of an American Farmer

Rhodes, Richard
Simon and Schuster 1990 Dewey Dec. 630

Chronicles a year in the life of Tom and Sally Bauer of Crevecoeur County, Missouri, who struggle to build up their 1,000 acre Missouri farm, harvesting corn, birthing calves, planting wheat, coping with the vagaries of nature and government regulations. Required of them are ancient skills (an attunement to the weather, animals, crops, and land) as well as a mastery of modern technology, from high-tech machinery to genetics and sophisticated chemicals.–From publisher’s description. Free books about farm life, farming books free online.

Facts for Farmers: Also for the Family Circle: a variety of rich materials for all land-owners, about domestic animals and domestic economy; …

Farm buildings; gardens, orchards, and vineyards; and all farm crops, tools, fences, fertilization, draining, and irrigation. With an appendix on the diseases and cures of domestic animals. Illustrated with steel engravings

– Volume 2

Robinson, Solon
NY: Johnson 1868 Dewey Dec. 630

Some chapters, and sections within them, are:
-Domestic Animals: Swine, Cows, Beeves, Feeding Cattle, Sheep Husbandry, Horses and Mules, Poultry.
-Small Animals and Insects: Bees, Birds, Entomological, Wild and Tame Animals.
-The Farmery: Farm Houses, Cellars, Chimneys and Ice-Houses, Barn, Corn Cribs, Piggeries, Smoke-house.
-Domestic Economy: The Food Question, Bread, Domestic Wines, Cider, Preserves, the Dairy.
-Garden and its Fruits: Vegetables, Flower Garden, Lawns, Hot-beds, Small Fruits.
-The Orchard: Propagation, Planting, Pruning, Grafting, Apple and Peach Trees, Cherries, Plums, Nectarines, Apricots.
-The Vineyard: How to plant and cultivate vines, Culture of grapes for wines.
-Cerealia: Wheat, Rye, Oats, Barley, Millet, Buckwheat, Indian Corn.
-Root Crops and Sugar Crops: Potatoes, Turnips, Beets, Carrots, Chinese sugar-cane, Maple-sugar making.
-Irrigation, Draining, Plowing, Farming Tools.
-Diseases and Cures of Domestic Animals. Vintage farming books online, old farming books, old farm & garden books, gardening books free online, free books about farm life.

Farming for Pleasure and Profit: Dairy-Farming, Management of Cows, etc.

Roland, Arthur
Chapman & Hall 1891 Dewey Dec. 636

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Encyclopedia of American Agricultural History

Schapsmeier, Edward L
Greenwood 1975 Dewey Dec. 630

Includes special indexes such as: agencies and commissions, agricultural education, agricultural historians, agriculturalists, almanacs, commissioners of agriculture, commodity exchanges, ecology, equipment and implements, explorers and frontiersmen, farm leaders, inventors, journals and papers, naturalists, organizations, pioneer and rural life, public lands, rural revolts, secretaries of agriculture, tariffs and trade, and utopian societies.

Domesticated Animals: Their Relation to Man and to his Advancement in Civilization

Shaler, N. S.
Scribner 1895 Dewey Dec. 636

We have seldom seen animals so fairly treated and have never known them to be more reliably characterized.
– – A.L.A. Catalog 1904. Old farming books, vintage farming books online, free books about farm life.

Dairy Farming for Beginners

Shepherd, J.B.
U.S. Dept of Agriculture 1929 Dewey Dec. 636

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A Small Farm in Maine: How One Couple Built a Self-Sustaining Life in the Country

Silber, Terry
Houghton Mifflin 1988 Dewey Dec. 630

In the early ’70s, Terry and Mark Silber were busy pursuing urban careers. On weekends, they retreated to a farm in Maine. Soon they were selling their produce at the farmer’s market. One Monday, they didn’t go back, and Hedgehog Hill farm was born. Here is how they were transformed from office dwellers to country folk living off the land. Free books about farm life, free sustainable farming books.

The Farm: or a New and Entertaining Account of Rural Scenes and Pursuits …

With the Toils, Pleasures and Productions of Farming. For Young Readers in the Town and Country

Taylor, Jefferys
Lippincott 1861 Dewey Dec. 630

First published in 1841, the book describes processes and tasks, crops, livestock, financial aspects etc. of farming.
Chapters and some of the topics are: – The Farm-house (Farming Buildings, Granaries, Stables and Hay-barns, Names of Fields), – Tillage (Plough, Ploughman, Harrow, Manure, Draining Land, Destruction of Vermin), – Produce of the Farm (Wheat, Barley, Rye), – Pulse Crops &c. (Peas and Beans, Cow Cabbages, Saffron, Coriander), – Hops (Hop-harvest), – Hemp, Flax, and Teasels (Hemp, Linseed, Straw, Haulm), – Live Stock (Oxen, Sheep-shearing, Hogs, Horses), – Dairy and Poultry Yard (Milk, The Churn, Cheese, Turkeys, Geese), – Hay-making (Mowing, Stacking the Hay), – Hay-binding and Selling (Disposal of the Hay), – Grain Harvest (Reaping, Harvest Season), – Threshing and Dressing Grain ( Winnowing, Dealers, the Grain Mill), – The Potatoe Crops, – Turnips, – Grass, – Herbage Plants (Clover, Saintfoin), – Dealing and Money Matters (Rent, Tithes, Wages, A Farmer’s Comforts). Vintage farming books online, old farming books, old farm & garden books, free books about farm life.

American Fruit Culturist

Thomas, J. J.
Wood 1903 Dewey Dec. 631.3

Contains most available accounts of varieties of fruits.- A.L.A. Catalog 1904. Old farming books, vintage farming books online.

The Young Farmer’s Manual

Detailing the Manipulations of the Farm in a plain and Intelligible Manner. With practical directions for laying out a farm and erecting buildings, fences, and farm gates. Embracing also the young farmer’s workshop: giving full directions for the selection of good farm and shop tools, their use and manufacture, with numerous original illustrations of fences, gates, tools, etc., and for performing nearly every branch of farming operations

Todd, Sereno Edwards
Saxton, Barker 1860 Dewey Dec. 631

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A History of Agricultural Education in the United States 1785-1925

True, Alfred Charles
U.S. Govt Printing Office 1929 Dewey Dec. 630

Encyclopedia Of Agriculture And Food Systems

Van Alfen, Neal K.
Academic Press 2014

Addresses important issues by examining topics of global agriculture and food systems that are key to understanding the challenges we face. Questions it addresses include:
Will we be able to produce enough food to meet the increasing dietary needs and wants of the additional two billion people expected to inhabit our planet by 2050? Will we be able to meet the need for so much more food while simultaneously reducing adverse environmental effects of today’s agriculture practices? Will we be able to produce the additional food using less land and water than we use now?
These are among the most important challenges that face our planet in the coming decades. The broad themes of food systems and people, agriculture and the environment, the science of agriculture, agricultural products, and agricultural production systems are covered in more than 200 separate chapters of this work. The book provides information that serves as the foundation for discussion of the food and environment challenges of the world. An international group of highly respected authors addresses these issues from a global perspective and provides the background, references, and linkages for further exploration of each of topics of this comprehensive work.

Real-Farm

Westfall, Patricia Tichenor
Avon 1991 Dewey Dec. 630

Farm life as a series of experiences that lead to self-understanding and fresh perceptions. Agrarian innocents, West fall (Journalism/Ohio Univ.) and her husband acquired a house and 20 fallow acres not far from the Univ. of Iowa, where husband Mark was working toward a Ph.D. and teaching. He envisioned establishing a kind of Whole Earth Catalogue farming existence. She thought a few chickens might do. Before long, they not only had chickens laying six to eight eggs daily, but there were three goats for milk and two geese as “watchdogs” against foxes and other intruders. The house was tom apart to install a wood-burning stove, 2000 saplings were planted to provide a cash crop 30 years hence, and Mark talked of a greenhouse for solar heat and a rainwater collection system. The marriage foundered, however, after Westfall realized that while Mark wanted to become a “living myth” with all the answers, she wanted to experience the farm for its sights, sounds, smells, and changing moods.
Replete with much ecological and agrarian lore: an evocative excursion into a questing mind that loves the quest but not its resolution. Free books about farm life.


Forestry Books

Forestry Collection – Forestry Books

Over 600 free online modern books on “Forestry”. If you wish to narrow the search, find “Topics & Subjects” in the left column and click on “More”. Some books: Forestry, Forestry Careers, The Forestry Diversification Project, The Dictionary of Forestry, Environmental Issues in Forestry, Forestry Research, Earthscan Reader in Tropical Forestry, Intro to American Forestry, Forestry and the Forest Industry in Japan, The Economics of Forestry and Natural Resources, many more. Forestry books.

Adventures in Conservation with Franklin D. Roosevelt

Brant, Irving
Northland 1989 Dewey Dec. 973.91

Possibly Franklin Roosevelt’s best-known legacy in conservation was his executive order proclaiming the Jackson Hole National Monument in Wyomingthis in the middle of WW II. But he was directly involved in other projects: Olympia (Wash.) and Kings Canyon (Calif.) National Parks, the Carl Inn Sugar Pines (Calif.) as well as measures for wildlife protection. The late Brandt was himself a crusader, tireless lobbyist and major figure in conservation circles who also wrote speeches and plotted strategy for FDR and Secretary of the Interior Harold Ickes in their fight to expand and create national parks. Brandt here portrays a president who was accessible to his staff and committed to conserving natural resources; the bitter wrangling between the Park and Forestry Services and the implacable opposition (and dirty tricks) by Western lumber and power interests. Forestry books.

A Brief History of Forestry in Europe, the United States and other Countries

Fernow, Bernhard Eduard
Univ. of Toronto 1911 Dewey Dec. 634.9

First published in 1907 as a texthook for forestry schools, to which the chapter on forestry in the United States (39p.) was added in 1909. Though “merely a compilation of facts gathered mostly from other compilations, official documents and journals,” and lacking an index, its authority is unquestionable. – A.L.A. Catalog 1904-1911. Forestry books.

Roosevelt’s Forest Army: A History of the Civilian Conservation Corps, 1933-1942

Merrill, Perry H.
Merrill 1981 Dewey Dec. 634.9

Forestry books.

A Primer of Forestry

– Volume 2

Pinchot, Gifford
Washington: GPO 1899-1905 Dewey Dec. 634.9

The author was one of America’s first professional foresters, and in 1898 became chief of the U.S. Division of Forestry, which was soon moved to the Department of Agriculture and renamed the U.S. Forest Service. Pinchot was an early leader in the Conservation movement, and also served twice as Governor of Pennsylvania.

Volume 1- The Forest
Volume 2 – Practical Forestry
For beginners in forestry, agricultural students, woodland owners, and others desiring a general knowledge of the nature of the art. – A.L.A. Catalog 1904. Foresty books.