The other day I was trying to find something good to read. Plenty of business books, business magazines, cooking magazines & repeat favorite books get into my hands but I wanted something different. I was scouting our book shelves and remembered a book I had started to read a few years ago but never really got into.
Funny how our dreams change during our lifetimes. At age three if you asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, it was a farmer. Not because I necessary knew very much about farming, it was because I had an over-sized coloring book based on farm animals! 🙂 But as it turns out the older I get the more I’m leaning towards wanting to become a farmer again. Spending the days outside tending the ground and animals is one of my ideal career paths. Good thing I get a lot out of what I do with my time versus how much I make. 🙂 One of these days when my inventor husband has the means for us to be able to start a mid-size organic farm, I’ll be ready for it!
Back to the book……
Six years ago my husband and I went down to CO to visit his parents and we went to a Habitat for Humanity Re-Use Store. One of the items I picked up was a cool looking hardcover book called, “Grow It!” by Richard W. Langer, I picked it up more for the looks than what it was about (it has a cool yellow linen cover). So when I grabbed it off the shelf a few days ago and read the longer subtitle: “The Beginner’s Complete In-Harmony-With-Nature Small Farm Guide – From Vegetables and Grain Growing to Livestock Care” I got a little excited. There’s got to be some great information in there!
A few days later I set it aside, again excited about someday running an organic farm! Then when my husband was on the phone with his Dad he asked about other books I might enjoy (my father-in-law is a human Google, knowing offhand information on any topic). He quickly had a list of 3 books I’d probably enjoy so they are now on their way!
Some of my favorite parts from the introduction in “Grow It!”:
“… homesteading is clean living, good, earthy, sun-drenched work, leaving you with that happy kind of tiredness at the end of the day. And it’s good play, too, reaping the whole cornucopia of rewards that nature gives back to those who work with her.”
“Whatever you dream, plan your escape to the country now, even if you can’t move out yet.”
“Live and breath, enjoy your life as you plow the rich earth, as you watch the crops rise from the earth to yield their bounty, as you celebrate Thanksgiving from a table groaning under the weight of your own fresh produce.”
“Enjoy the fruits of your labors. The world will be a better place for them.”
Do you have any favorite gardening, farming, canning or homesteading books that I might enjoy reading?
Please suggest them in the comments below!