ISBN: 9780930031749 Year Added to Catalog: 1994 Book Format: Paperback Number of Pages: 6 x 9, 256 pages Book Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing Old ISBN: 0930031741 Release Date: March 1, 1995 Web Product ID: 177
Reading about farming has its own vicarious pleasures too, even for someone who actually lives in the country. The more practical the book the better I like it, especially if it gives me a glimpse of how rural life used to look--or how it ought to look. So here are two places to start. The first is Gene Logsdon's The Contrary Farmer (Chelsea Green). Logsdon is full of good, practical sense and he is the best--and most plain-spoken--philosopher of rural living I know. The other book is harder to find--or will be until April, when it is reissued by Chelsea Green. It is William Cobbett's Cottage Economy, which was published in 1822 and was meant to teach its readers what had been forgotten about rural living in a single generation.
—Verlyn Klinkenborg, New York Times
Gene Logsdon has become something of a rabble-rouser in progressive farm circles, stirring up debates and controversies with his popular New Farm magazine column, "The Contrary Farmer." One of Logsdon's principle contrarities is the opinion that--popular images of the vanishing American farmer, notwithstanding--greater numbers of people in the U.S. will soon be growing and raising a greater share of their own food than at any time since the last century. Instead of vanishing, more and more farmers will be cottage farming, part-time.
This detailed and personal account of how Logsdon's family uses the art and science of agriculture to achieve a reasonably happy and ecologically sane way of life in an example for all who seek a sustainable lifestyle. In The Contrary Farmer, Logsdon offers the tried-and-true, practical advice of a manual for the cottage farmer, as well as the subtler delights of a meditation in praise of work and pleasure. The Contrary Farmer will give its readers tools and tenets, but also hilarious commentaries and beautiful evocations of the Ohio countryside that Logsdon knows as his place in the universe.
About the Authors
A prolific nonfiction writer, novelist, and journalist, Gene Logsdon has published more than two dozen books, both practical and philosophical. Gene's nonfiction works include
Gene Everlasting, A Sanctuary of Trees, Holy Shit, Small-Scale Grain Raising, Living at Nature's Pace, and
The Contrary Farmer. His most recent novel is
Pope Mary and the Church of Almighty Good Food.
He writes a popular blog, The Contrary Farmer, as well as an award-winning column for the Carey (OH) Progressor Times, and is a regular contributor to Farming magazine and Draft Horse Journal. He lives and farms in Upper Sandusky, Ohio.