Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Library

I haven't been to the library in a long time. The one closest to us isn't in our county, which meant some hoop-jumping to get a card. Michelle inspired me to get my act together after seeing her great collection of library books last week!

Thought I'd share a shot of the current stack-of-stuff to read from the library. I've been wanting to try some seed saving this year and better get reading if I am going to get saving..

Loving Gene Logsdon's Homesteading book too. A few points I've liked so far...

Modern Homesteaders (small-time farmers) live on small acreages where they hope to establish a certain level of subsistence while improving the quality of their lives. They will commute to work while continuing to live the way country people like to live.

We modern Homesteaders want to know how to use the best of the old ways along with the best of the new ways to live as independently as possible on our land.

Gene Logsdon
Homesteading: How to Find Independence on the Land
1973

Made me feel better about trying to keep a balance between work and the suburban homestead - especially after commuting to work all weekend! Was also glad to have the stack to read as our internet has been out for the past few days as well (sorry for the unplanned lack of posts..) It's been nice to take some time on the porch and settle in with some good books. My reading stack is always growing (or avalanching off the night stand)... I'd love to know what your fave farm reads are...


13 comments:

Camie said...

I LOVE Gene Logsdon! He cracks me up...and he's been doing the whole organic gardening thing since before I was born - a true pioneer.

Right now, I'm reading "Coop" by Michael Perry...so good. I'm staying up way too late every night reading it...

Camie said...

PS: So glad you're back!

dmoms said...

I'll have to check those out. Love that the things we are doing - people were doing in 1973

Ellie Mae's Cottage said...

I love going to libraries. I don't go often enough. I'll have to check these. Thanks for sharing. -Jackie

Sarah: wife, mother, beekeeper said...

I have Mary Jane's Farm and The Village Herbalist sitting on the steps to get back to the library right now. Just finished them. Both great books. I think I will buy Mary Jane's Farm book. It has so much packed in it. Enjoy your porch!

Michelle said...

Hey thanks for the shout out! That excerpt from Logsdon's book sounds exactly right...I might have to go put that book on hold at my library now!

I have to say...so far my favorite book on suburban homesteading is my new one, The Backyard Homestead. It's direct and to the point...not a lot of extra info. Which is good for me because I lose interest easily...a bit ADD I think.

I was wondering where you were...I was *this* close to emailing you to see if you were OK! Glad all is well...

Shannon said...

I am a library nut. I will have to check that one out.

The Hip Homemaker said...

I am a library junkie. I put dozens of books on hold, always checking back for more. I am currently on a cookbook binge, but I have gotten some great farm and garden books as well. I love Organic Gardening in Cold Climates, Made from Scratch, and the Joy of Keeping Chickens. I just checked out Deeply Rooted:Unconventional Farmers in the Age of Agribusiness, but I haven't started it yet. I also have Farm city : the education of an urban farmer, The backyard homestead and Back to basics : a complete guide to traditional skills all on hold. I LOVE the library!

Nancy said...

I love my library. I'm a frequent visitor and one that always makes requests for interlibrary loan books that aren't in their own collection. Currently I've been on a cookbook binge thanks to 'under the BIG blue sky.'

P.S. Glad you're back on the air.

gardenmama said...

carrots love tomatoes
living on a few acres
cash from square foot gardening
animal, vegetable, miracle
I have a bunch of composting books let it rot for one... I am loving your blog Leigh! : )

Lin said...

Are you sure we're not sisters??? I have a bookshelf of 1970s books about '5 acrs and security' ... Euell Gibbons books about eating the wilds (which I still do) ... and before my current job, I grew all our own veggies, canned, froze, dried (still do) .... it's a wonderful lifestyle ... done yes, like you, with the supplemental income of 'work' ... I can't wait to retire (since I work 80 miles from my own) to return more fully .... to our good earth and land!

underthebigbluesky said...

i love gene logsdon too!

so many good ones here.

Michael Ableman's "Field's of Plenty" is one of my favorites.

Never enough books! Speaking of Michael Pollan, we go to see Food Inc. tomorrow!

Beegirl said...

I can't thank everyone enough for all the wonderful references!

Camie-Will be looking for this one!
Sarah- Isn't MJB the best?
Michelle- I have a copy of that one too and it's wonderful!!
AMy-Going to look for Deeply Rooted for sure. Made from Scratch is in my to-read pile!
Nicole- Adding them all to my hunt list. Can't wait!
UTTBS- Working on Michael's book now. Can't believe you are going to hear him speak!.