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Best Farming Books to Read

There are countless Farming courses, tutorials, articles available online, but for some, having a book is still a necessity to learn. This is an up-to-date list of recommended books.

1. The Market Gardener: A Successful Grower’s Handbook for Small-Scale Organic Farming (2014)

Best Farming Books to ReadLes Jardins de la Grelinette is a micro-farm located in Eastern Quebec, just north of the American border. Growing on just 1.5 acres, owners Jean-Martin and Maude-Helene feed more than 200 families through their thriving CSA and seasonal market stands and supply their signature mesclun salad mix to dozens of local establishments. The secret of their success is the low-tech, high-yield production methods they’ve developed by focusing on growing better rather than growing bigger, making their operation more lucrative and viable in the process. The Market Gardener is a compendium of La Grelinette’s proven…
Author(s): Severine Von Tscharner Fleming, Jean-Martin Fortier , et al.

2. Sustainable Market Farming: Intensive Vegetable Production on a Few Acres (2013)

Best Farming Books to ReadAcross North America, an agricultural renaissance is unfolding. A growing number of market gardeners are emerging to feed our appetite for organic, regional produce. But most of the available resources on food production are aimed at the backyard or hobby gardener who wants to supplement their family’s diet with a few homegrown fruits and vegetables. 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…
Author(s): Pam Dawling

3. Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre (2010)

Best Farming Books to ReadStart a mini farm on a quarter acre or less, provide 85 percent of the food for a family of four and earn an income. Mini Farming describes a holistic approach to small-area farming that will show you how to produce 85 percent of an average family’s food on just a quarter acre—and earn $10,000 in cash annually while spending less than half the time that an ordinary job would require. Even if you have never been a farmer or a gardener, this book covers everything you need to know to get started: buying and saving seeds, starting seedlings, establishing raised…
Author(s): Brett L. Markham

4. You Can Farm: The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Start & Succeed in a Farming Enterprise (1998)

Best Farming Books to ReadHave you ever desired, deep within your soul, to make a comfortable full-time living from a farming enterprise? Too often people dare not even vocalize this desire because it seems absurd. It’s like thinking the unthinkable. After all, the farm population is dwindling. It takes too much capital to start. The pay is too low. The working conditions are dusty, smelly and noisy: not the place to raise a family. This is all true, and more, for most farmers. But for farm entrepreneurs, the opportunities for a farm family business have never been greater. The aging farm population is creating cavernous niches begging to be…
Author(s): Joel Salatin

5. The Lean Farm: How to Minimize Waste, Increase Efficiency, and Maximize Value and Profits with Less Work (2015)

Best Farming Books to ReadA practical, systems-based approach for a more sustainable farming operation To many people today, using the words “factory” and “farm” in the same sentence is nothing short of sacrilege. In many cases, though, the same sound business practices apply whether you are producing cars or carrots. Author Ben Hartman and other young farmers are increasingly finding that incorporating the best new ideas from business into their farming can drastically cut their wastes and increase their profits, making their farms more environmentally and economically sustainable. By explaining the lean system for identifying and…
Author(s): Ben Hartman

6. Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm’s Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land (2018)

Best Farming Books to ReadIn 1920, 14 percent of all land-owning US farmers were black. Today less than 2 percent of farms are controlled by black people―a loss of over 14 million acres and the result of discrimination and dispossession. While farm management is among the whitest of professions, farm labor is predominantly brown and exploited, and people of color disproportionately live in “food apartheid” neighborhoods and suffer from diet-related illness. The system is built on stolen land and stolen labor and needs a redesign. Farming While Black is the first comprehensive “how to” guide for aspiring…
Author(s): Leah Penniman, Karen Washington

7. Farming the Woods: An Integrated Permaculture Approach to Growing Food and Medicinals in Temperate Forests (2014)

Best Farming Books to ReadIn the eyes of many people, the practices of forestry and farming are mutually exclusive, because in the modern world, agriculture involves open fields, straight rows, and machinery to grow crops, while forests are primarily reserved for timber and firewood harvesting. Farming the Woods invites a remarkably different perspective: that a healthy forest can be maintained while growing a wide range of food, medicinal, and other non-timber products. While this concept of “forest farming” may seem like an obscure practice, history indicates that much of humanity lived and sustained itself from…
Author(s): Ken Mudge , Steve Gabriel , et al.

8. The Backyard Homestead Guide to Raising Farm Animals: Choose the Best Breeds for Small-Space Farming, Produce Your Own Grass-Fed Meat, Gather Fresh … Rabbits, Goats, Sheep, Pigs, Cattle, & Bees (2011)

Best Farming Books to ReadEnjoy a weekend breakfast featuring eggs, bacon, and honey from your own chickens, pigs, and bees, or a holiday meal with your own heritage-breed turkey as the main attraction. Gail Damerow covers everything you need to successfully raise your own farm animals, from selecting the right breeds to producing delicious fresh milk, cheese, honey, eggs, and meat. Even with just a small plot of land, you can become more self-sufficient, save money, and enjoy healthy, delicious animal products….
Author(s): Gail Damerow

9. Compact Farms: 15 Proven Plans for Market Farms on 5 Acres or Less; Includes Detailed Farm Layouts for Productivity and Efficiency (2017)

Best Farming Books to ReadSmall is beautiful, and these 15 real farm plans show that small-scale farmers can have big-time success. Compact Farms is an illustrated guide for anyone dreaming of starting, expanding, or perfecting a profitable farming enterprise on five acres or less. The farm plans explain how to harness an area’s water supply, orientation, and geography in order to maximize efficiency and productivity while minimizing effort. Profiles of well-known farmers such as Eliot Coleman and Jean-Martin Fortier show that farming on a small scale in any region, in both urban and rural…
Author(s): Josh Volk, Michael Ableman

10. Farming Grace: A Memoir of Life, Love, and a Harvest of Faith (2019)

Best Farming Books to ReadSometimes your past must be plowed before your future can be planted…Her great-great-grandma came to California in a covered wagon more than a hundred years ago, and her family has farmed in the Sacramento Valley ever since, but a life of farming was the last thing she wanted… until the day fate brings her back to the farm. Nineteen-year-old Paula Scott leaves California when the almonds are in bloom for college in Reno, Nevada where cocaine, casinos, and her first honest-to-goodness boyfriend will break her farmgirl heart, but her story…
Author(s): Paula Scott

11. Backyard Farming on an Acre (More or Less): Eat Healthy, Save Money, and Live Sustainably in the Space You Have (A Living Free Guide) (2012)

Best Farming Books to ReadLive off the land you have. Plant a successful and sustainable farm—on a quarter acre to a full acre and beyond—where you can raise your own fruits, vegetables, chickens, bees, milk-bearing animals, and more. Local, organic food is attainable to you at a fraction of the cost with your own self-contained operation.Angela England runs her family’s successful, small-scale farm, and she teaches you how you can do the same. Backyard Farming on an Acre (More or Less) guides you through the essentials of planning a small…
Author(s): Angela England

Best Farming Books to Read

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some farming books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

The Biological Farmer: A Complete Guide to the Sustainable & Profitable Biological System of Farming

Author(s): Gary Zimmer
Publisher: Acres USA, Year: September 2000, Size: 2 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 1454544

Adaptive Governance in Carbon Farming Policies

Author(s): Nooshin Torabi
Publisher: Springer International Publishing;Palgrave Pivot, Year: 2019, Size: 1 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2252488

Farming for the Long Haul: Resilience and the Lost Art of Agricultural Inventiveness

Author(s): Michael Foley
Publisher: Chelsea Green, Year: 2019, Size: 6 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2323620

When I Had a Little Sister: The Story of a Farming Family Who Never Spoke

Author(s): Catherine Simpson
Publisher: Fourth Estate, Year: 2019, Size: 13 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2332238

Aquaculture: Farming Aquatic Animals and Plants

Author(s): John S Lucas, Paul C Southgate, Craig S Tucker
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Year: 2019, Size: 118 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2342708

Exemplary Agriculture: Independent Organic Farming in Contemporary China

Author(s): Sacha Cody
Publisher: Springer Singapore;Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2019, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2355679

Organic Farming: New Advances Towards Sustainable Agricultural Systems

Author(s): C. Sarath Chandran, Sabu Thomas, M. R. Unni
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2406843

Farming Communities in the Western Alps, 1500–1914: The Enduring Bond

Author(s): Robert Dodgshon
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 10 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2407928

Agromining: Farming for Metals: Extracting Unconventional Resources Using Plants

Author(s): Antony Van der Ent, Guillaume Echevarria, Alan J.M. Baker, Jean Louis Morel (eds.)
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2018, Size: 14 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2153094

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are really record-breakers according to Washington Post, others are written by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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