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Ten Acres Enough [Paperback]

Edmund Morris , Robert Plamondon

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Book Description

Sept. 15 2008
Ten years after Henry David Thoreau learned how to be a poor farmer, Edmund Morris learned how to be a good one. Ten Acres Enough is the personal story of how Morris quit the publishing business and achieved happiness and prosperity by farming ten acres of fruits and berries. Rather than glorifying poverty and isolation, Ten Acres Enough shows farming as the path to financial security, while still providing all the benefits of country life-provided that the farmer understands that the key lies in producing crops of the highest possible quality, while living within striking distance of a major market. Five Acres Enough has left its mark on generations of back-to-the-land farmers. Its influence on both the title and the contents of M. G. Kains' classic Five Acres and Independence (1935) is obvious. And it is benefiting readers today, whether as a piece of Americana or as a source of small-farm ideas and inspiration. Through nearly 150 years old, Ten Acres Enough remains a fascinating book. However, the passage of time is making the original edition increasingly inaccessible due to its archaic vocabulary and style. This "Revived Edition" has been copy-edited to restore its clarity.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Norton Creek Press (Sept. 15 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972177086
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972177085
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,047,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars  9 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a gem of a book Sept. 21 2011
By G. Damon Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
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It will not be possible to state the reading value of this book, but I'll try. It came in the mail via Amazon, and I've been reading it over and over. The editing is superb. The brief footnotes clarify all the questions that 150 years can raise; the parenthetical translations explain how money in the 1850's translate to modern dollars and expense, or income. In short, this book is a brilliant rendering of a work I first encountered in an excerpt in Mother Earth News, and its arrival in the mail was the beginning of an epiphany.

But what would I know? I've only been writing about gardens for publication for 30 years, the winner of two national awards for talking about gardens. Edmund Morris wrote a book that is still valuable in 2011. The editor, Robert Plamondon, has updated it brilliantly. Wish I could have found this edition in 1972.

The book design will delight you. Often, a blank page precedes each chapter, giving the reader a place to write notes. Seems like a small thing, until you start writing about what you have read.

This is a book with real quality, and could be given as a gift to any gardener you know. Or to anyone who lives in the country. Norton Creek Press has given the world a gift, in the "Revived Edition." It's a fine job. No, it's better than that. This book could change your life, and maybe save it. Edmund Morris fled the city, just in time.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars history updated Jan. 29 2010
By Deb - Published on Amazon.com
Robert Plamondon updated this book to todays economics which made it much more useful. Many of the concerns of 1864 are just as important today when thinking about how to make the small acreage pay off or be enough to support the family. Since reading this book, I have more organized questions about how to use the land in my care.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still relevant Jan. 19 2009
By Lynn - Published on Amazon.com
Excellent book. The strategies for starting a small, sustainable farm in this book are still relevant almost 150 years later.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read! Dec 25 2009
By Michigan Craftsman - Published on Amazon.com
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While not as poetic as Waldon, it is certainly more positive and practical. Really nice read and with Robert Plamondon's notes, nicely brought to the current day. My wife and I hope to retire soon and put some of this to use.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 acres IS enough Feb. 13 2009
By William Irion - Published on Amazon.com
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Very good read! A great expose about how he made it in farming and frugalness

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