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Farm City Read-Alikes

Farm City If reading Farm City prompted you to read more fabulous farm memoirs, here are a few suggestions to keep you reading this spring:


The Backyard Beekeeper's Honey Handbook
Kim Flottum
Flottum’s enthusiast’s guide explores the practical, back-to-the-earth beekeeping lifestyle and the artisan cultivation of honey varieties.
Black Plants
Paul Bonine
Striking, mysterious, sinister, and strange all describe the singular appeal of plants with black foliage, flowers, or fruit. For some gardeners, they are curiosities that yield a special thrill. For others, they are invaluable for providing contrast with brighter elements. In this compact, accessible volume, Bonine profiles 75 alluring black plants.
Garden Anywhere
Alys Fowler
Have a small patch of soil? Or just a window box? Not a problem. Fowler, trained at the New York Botanical Garden, guides readers, with lots of photos, through the process from the ground up - from planning the garden to composting, pruning, harvesting, and propagating.
Goat Song
Brad Kessler
"Novelist Kessler’s account of tending a small herd of milking goats in Vermont captures both the lush, poetic paradise of rural life and the raw, unrelenting drama of dairying ….[this] observant, unsanctimonious read is bound to inspire hobby farmers and consummate cheese lovers."- Publishers Weekly
The Joy of Keeping Chickens
Jennifer Megyesi
Farmer and animal expert Megyesi discusses all the basic details of raising chickens - biology, health, food, and choosing breeds—and identifies what terms like organic and free-range really mean for poultry farmers and consumers.