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Good book: Crop Planning for Organic Vegetable Growers

November 6, 2012 | Market Garden, Publications, Resources | 6 comments | Author:

If you’re looking for a good resource on the actual practicalities of taking on market gardening, get a copy of this book. It’s full of deeply practical insights and uses multiple small-scale, successful vegetable growers direct experiences as templates for … Read More


New Book: Farm Anatomy, in all its splendour

July 20, 2012 | Art, Publications | 8 comments | Author:

This is such a beautiful book – perfect for those dreaming of farming (on whatever scale). While it’s been written for adults, I’ve discovered it’s also a great book for small fry – full of fun, accurate illustrations about interesting … Read More


The Greenhorns: New Book + Resources

July 12, 2012 | Publications, Resources, Small Farm Skills | 15 comments | Author:

The Greenhorns: 50 dispatches from the new farmers movement is a collection of 50 essays by beginner farmers, and sits as a companion to The Greenhorns documentary. I seriously enjoyed this book more than anything I’ve read in a long … Read More


A quick scan of our Permaculture Bookshelf

January 29, 2012 | Permaculture Design, Resources | 10 comments | Author:

Permaculture and Regenerative Agriculture are fortunately two fields that have lots of great resources. Books, DVDs, you name it. But where do you start? Which to read first? I thought I’d share our most-thumbed favorites. We have this crate of … Read More


Natural Beekeeping Resources: best books

December 21, 2011 | Natural Beekeeping, Resources | 12 comments | Author:

The super-organism of the honeybee (apis mellifera) is not only awe-inspiring, it’s worth understanding. Both for your own personal gratification, and for the pollination of your nation. This list is a part of the notes we provide to students at … Read More


Eliot Coleman’s ‘Fertile Dozen': Recommended reading for organic growers

December 9, 2011 | Market Garden, Publications, Resources | 18 comments | Author:

This list of books by organic market garden expert Eliot Coleman was given to us by the Allsun Farm crew. Apparently these are the 12 books that most influenced Eliot during his transition from school teacher to organic market gardener … Read More


Folks, This Aint Normal: Joel Salatin: Book Review

October 11, 2011 | Publications, Resources | 14 comments | Author:

So here we have it. Folks, this ain’t normal: A Farmer’s Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World. At last, after 7 self-published books on everything from ground-breaking poultry systems to inter-generational farming strategies, Joel Salatin has … Read More


Food Forest Garden: Books and Resources

October 1, 2011 | Forest Gardening, Publications, Resources | 10 comments | Author:

Here’s a bunch of Forest Garden books and resources we’ve put together for the students of our Food Forest Garden workshops. There is so very much to learn, read, think about and absorb here! And it’s all incredibly useful and … Read More


Tree Crops: A Permanent Agriculture: Book Review

August 27, 2011 | Education, Forest Gardening, Publications, Resources, Silviculture | 9 comments | Author:

Perennials, perennials, perennials. It’s all about perennials. Throw a stick near anyone enthused about permaculture or regenerative agriculture and they’ll squeak ‘perennials’ before they even duck. This book is a very old, very readable, and very good edition to any … Read More


Permaculture Pioneers: Book review

August 16, 2011 | Off-Farm goings on, Publications | 5 comments | Author:

Permaculture Pioneers is a new book looking at the trajectory of permaculture in Australia from the 1970’s until right now. It’s an amazing and humbling read. And it’s launching in Sydney next week on August 25th, with David Holmgren presenting. … Read More