Farm apprenticeships / Beginning Farmer Resources:
Books I like:
- Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. Kingsolver writes about the year she and her family spent eating only food they produced themselves or bought at their local farmers market. Her descriptions of planting, harvesting, and eating truly inspired me to go out and do larger scale food growing.
- In Defense of Food and The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan. Easy and engaging to read. These books were my first introduction to food system issues, led to a change in shopping habits.
- Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades by Steve Solomon. When to plant each crop? How far apart to space them? How to save seed? My main reference book for these questions and more.
- The Unsettling of America: Culture & Agriculture by Wendell Berry. Written in 1977. In this book Berry presents many of the same critical issues and arguments that became popularized by Michael Pollan 30 years later. Berry is an excellent writer who is extraordinarily knowledgeable and passionate about his subject. I have read and enjoyed some of his short fiction as well.
- Hector and the Search For Happiness by Francois Lelord. Thanks Mom for getting me this book for Christmas. It speaks to a lot of the things I’ve been thinking about lately above and beyond growing vegetables – i.e. being happy and enjoying life. Short, fun, and easy to read while presenting Big Ideas.