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Top 7 Books on Innovative Small Farming

Updated: Jan 25

The winter sometimes gives us a little downtime as farmers. Since we're all looking for ideas to make our farms better I thought we would review. a few books on farming.

Here are our top picks for farming books. Some are about tilling, some are about the business side of farming and others just have good ideas and practices.

Here is our list of the top 7 farming books.

1.) You can Farm by Joel Salatin This book gives the rundown of how to be successful and profitable in a small farm business, aptly subtitled "The Entrepreneur's Guide to Start & Succeed in a Farming Enterprise." There are many ideas that can help you even if you aren't selling at market. 2.) The Market Garden by Jean-Martin Fortier Micro-farming on 1.5 acres and feeding more than 200 families this book is all about efficiencies. They talk about low tech options but high yield.  It is a great read with pictures, check lists and many innovative ideas. 3.) The lean Farm by Ben Hartman Work smarter, not harder is the key takeaway from this book. Hartman is farming on just 1 acre and using innovative and progressive farming techniques which he talks about in this book. He is helping to bring farming to a new generation of farmers. 4.) Dirt to soil by Gabe Brown The soil is the star of this book. Through his family trials he has found some innovative solutions to some of the pressing agricultural challenges we come up against today.  The question asked here is,  "How can we get more life from the land?" 5.) The resilient Farm and Homestead by Ben Falk A land designer and site developer took some land that would not conventionally be used for farming and made it thrive. He has a team of researchers and this book gives loads of helpful information and strategies on his work. You'll find gravity fed water systems, site design, agroforestry, fertility management and more.

6.) Start your farm: The authoritative guide to becoming a sustainable 21st century farm by Forrest Pritchard & Ellen Polishuk

Learn how to start a farm in the 21st century with a small to medium sized acreage. This book gives real examples and to dos for aspiring farmers out there. It takes this to the business side of farming which you will need to make your way. It also talks about the dos and don'ts. It's an easy read and one you should pick up if you're looking into getting into farming.

7.) The Organic No-Till Farming Revolution: High Production Methods for Small-Scale Farmers. by Andrew Mefferd

No-till stories and examples brought to you in a conversational style. If you're looking into tillage reduction, sustainable growing styles check out this book.

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