The First Book of Farming

The First Book of Farming

Interested in taking a scientific approach to farming?  Give this oldie a try: The First Book of Farming by Charles L. Goodrich.

Although not entirely up to date, The First Book of Farming nevertheless contains many sound principles.  It explores the needs of a plant, examining each of its parts in turn:

  • Roots.
  • Seeds.
  • Leaves.
  • Stems.
  • Flowers.

Simple experiments encourage the reader to observe for himself the way plants function.  Along the way, practical conclusions are drawn about such things as tilling, cultivation, soil fertility, and more.

The First Book of Farming appears to have been written for older students, but it will provide food for thought for adults of all ages, as well.  Best of all, it’s available free online!

By hsotr

Pulling from nearly 20 years of experience, Michelle Lindsey started Homestead on the Range to help Kansans and others around flyover country achieve an abundant country lifestyle. Michelle is the author of four country living books. She is also a serious student of history, specializing in Kansas, agriculture, and the American West. When not gardening or pursuing hobbies ranging from music to cooking to birdwatching, she can usually be found researching or writing about her many interests.