Top Farming books you should read
To celebrate world book day we’ve drawn up a list of great farming books to keep you entertained.
You can’t beat a good book, its entertaining and a hell of a lot better than reading Facebook posts.
To celebrate World Book Day we’ve drawn up a list of great farming books to keep you entertained. Go and buy some of these great books.
- The Shepard’s Life: A tale of the Lake District
We featured James on the That’s Farming podcast a few months ago. His book about being a sheep farming in the Lake District in England has become an international best seller and it’s a rip roaring read for any sheep farmer out there.
You can buy this brilliant book here: https://www.bookdepository.com/The-Shepherds-Life-James-Rebanks/9780141979366?ref=grid-view
- H is for Hawk
Love birds and birding? Well this might be the book for you this memoir by Helen Macdonald is about how she trained a goshawk and lived with it for several years all to overcome the sudden death of her father. A brilliant and brave book with lots of lovely explanations about hawks, birds and all manner of flying beasts.
- All creatures great and small
You’ve seen the long running classic show now read the book that inspired it all. The memoir of a country vet in Yorkshire will make you fall in love with farming and the old ways all over again. It’s a wonderful rendered account of life as a vet. A must for any real farmer
4.The company of trees
The first Irish entry in our list is from Thomas Pakenham of Tullynally Castle. This great nature book is a must for any tree farmers out there. It recounts Pakenhams love for planting but also his searches for rare and strange trees all around the world. A very interesting read.
- One-Straw Revolution
One for all the tillage farmers out there. Trained as a scientist, Fukuoka rejected both modern agribusiness and centuries of agricultural practice, deciding instead that the best forms of cultivation mirror nature’s own laws. Over the next three decades he perfected his so-called “do-nothing” technique: commonsense, sustainable practices that all but eliminate the use of pesticides, fertilizer, tillage, and perhaps most significantly, wasteful effort.
This is a great read for anyone interested in no till ploughing.
- A sunburnt Childhood
Toni Tapp Coutts
We featured Tony on the TF podcast a few weeks ago and she talked about growing up on a 55,000 head cattle farm in Australia’s Northern Territory. A bestseller it’s a really wonderful insight into farming down under.
- Animal Farm
On the face of it a story about the animals on a farm taking control and kicking out their cruel farmer on this famous novel is a reading on Communism and the history of Russia. A masterpiece and classic and you’ll never look at pigs the same way again.
- Around the Farm Gate
Edited by PJ Cunningham
Around the farm gate is a collection of short stories and stories from farmers and people who have lived around farms in rural Ireland. Well worth reading.
9. A history of Irish farming 1750 -1950
Jonathan Bell & Mervyn Watson
Ever wondered how farming has changed in Ireland down through the years. This hefty tome recounts the many changes to the Irish landscape and farming from the Plantation of English settlers to the famine and all the way to independence. A good read for any history buffs out there
- The Dirty Life: A memoir of farming, food and love
Single, thirtysomething, working as a writer in New York City, Kristin Kimball was living life as an adventure. But she was beginning to feel a sense of longing for a family and for home. When she interviewed a dynamic young farmer, her world changed. Kristin knew nothing about growing vegetables, let alone raising pigs and cattle and driving horses. But on an impulse, smitten, if not yet in love, she shed her city self and moved to five hundred acres near Lake Champlain to start a new farm with him. The Dirty Life is the captivating chronicle of their first year on Essex Farm, from the cold North Country winter through the following harvest season—complete with their wedding in the loft of the barn.
A lovely read.
[pictured James Rebanks author of The shepards Life]