December 16, 2015

Good reading: Farmers of Forty Centuries; Permanent Agriculture in China, Korea and Japan; FH King 1911 and the The Culture of Vegetables and Flowers. Sutton, 1913. The Small Farmers's Journal often lists booksellers of Farm Literature and has reprinted some treasures within its own pages. I'll post a list of some great old farming books on the sidebar soon. In the meanwhile, and its not as satisfying as having those beautiful old pages sliding through your fingers, here are a couple of sites online that have great digitalized collections: http://chla.library.cornell.edu "The Core Historical Literature of Agriculture (CHLA) is a core electronic collection of agricultural texts published between the early nineteenth century and the middle to late twentieth century. Full-text materials cover agricultural economics, agricultural engineering, animal science, crops and their protection, food science,forestry, human nutrition, rural sociology, and soil science". http://soilandhealth.org Free digitalized library on line with a collection of books on holistic agriculture, health and self-sufficient homestead living. http://journeytoforever.org/farm_library.html An excellent online collection of classic small farm books

December 14, 2015

I was searching google images to find the type of steam tractor that one might find in 1901 for a familial research project and I came across this : from the Saskchewan Archives. Regina Indian Industrial School, J.A. Sinclair photo, 1904

August 20, 2015

Hello friends folks and fellow agrarians! Wish I had the time for many things, like rereading Raoul Robinson's Return to Resistance again and I day dream sometimes about finding a well matched small draft team for work and companionship and go bio-extensive like the Nordell's or one day sailing a day ahead of a biodiesel barge, low in the water with our week's hard work: pyramids of melons, towers of roots greens and salad. Sailing ahead with fliers distributed to villages, resorts, boaters, along the way. (first I learn to sail) But what I do have time for today: hitch up the tiller and work down the unruly remains of beet and salad beds in preparation for fall rye. pick for a market and CSA seed more salad supervise a lovely happy volunteer crew Read this familiar funny old blog and decide to write a little blurb And go "up and up" with Buddy Macteeth where the creek still flows cold and sweet, a sacred vein in a brittle forest And cook up a rib roast with garlic and rosemary and a half pound of chive and basil balsamic and pepper, with 3 colour spuds in butter and a mountain of buttery green chard, but no time for damson plum pudding with cornmeal cakes. Sorry I have to go!