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Ten Acres Enough: Small-Farm Self-Sufficiency Through High-Quality Produce. A Back-to-the-Land Adventure from 1864 Paperback – Sep 19 2008
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About the Author
Edmund Morris was born and educated in Kenya and went to college in South Africa. He worked as an advertising copywriter in London before immigrating to the United States in 1968. His biography The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt won the Pulitzer Prize and American Book Award in 1980. After spending several years as President Reagan's authorized biographer, he published the national bestseller Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan in 1999. He has written extensively on travel and the arts for such publications as "The New Yorker, The New York Times," and "Harper's Magazine," Edmund Morris lives in New York and Washington with his wife and fellow biographer, Sylvia Jukes Morris.
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This is an old title. The language is quite 'ye olde' style but it has a charm that also hooks you. If you are interested in farming then you will find yourself really looking forward to the end of each season to find out how it went. The descriptions of technique and the financial accounting of farming results might be a little old for the figures to be relevant but the methods are great. You also find yourself admiring this family for their diligence and willingness to 'have a go'. This book will only increase your desire to sell your city apartment and buy 10 acres of weed infested land to do the same yourself, so be warned!
I have read this one a few times now and would recommend it to you if you fall into these groups:
1. You are a smalholder or farmer and need some inspiration,
2. You dream of the country life and are doing some research,
3. You are just dreaming about a country life, and
4. You have an interest in how we actually feed ourselves in cities (or how we did back when cities started to grow quite large).
Enjoy it, I did.
PS A modern version would be quite good but it would need to be well written and show quite a lot of detail to be as appealing as this title. Some of the sections in John Seymour's 'New Complete Guide to Self-Sufficiency' present similar views to this title.
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.
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