We have a library in our home of many books covering a wide range of topics which we have found useful for our everyday life here on our farm and for future planning. Many of the educational materials resourced here are in our library. Also included are links to useful websites/videos, some of the books, etc. The links are in red.
The Apple Grower
by Michael Phillips “Best book on the topic” 242 pages
Available from Chelsea Green Publishing Co. Totnes, England,
The author began his quest with an honest question: “How did our great-grandparents manage to grow good fruit, in the days when everyone was an organic grower, before we sprayed our trees with pesticides and fungicides? Phillips combines the half-forgotten wisdom of a century ago with the latest scientific knowledge about pests that can plaque apples and other tree fruits.
The Backyard Orchardist
By Stella Otto
Available from Chelsea Green Publishing Co.
A complete guide for growing fruit trees in the home garden
Rapid Clonal Multiplication of Rice Seed
By R.H. Richharia
From the eminent rice scientist, R.H. Richharia, you can learn through this booklet how to raise a million seedlings from a single seed through the new technique invented by him. Best way to multiply traditional rice cultivars.
Seed to Seed: Seed Saving Techniques for the Vegetable Gardener
by Suzanne Ashworth. Edited by Kent Whealy. Seed Savers Exchange, Inc.,
Rural Route 3, Box 239, Decorah, IA 52101, USA. 1991, 222 pgs. ISBN0-9613977-7-2.
*Seed to Seed* is a complete seed-saving guide for 160 vegetable crops, with detailed information on each vegetable: botanical classification, flower structure and pollination method, isolation distances, caging and hand pollination techniques, and proper methods of harvesting, drying cleaning and storing the seeds. Beginning or experienced gardeners can easily learn how to save all of their own seeds, resulting in substantial annual savings and the satisfaction that comes from a garden which is truly self-perpetuating.
The Seed Keepers
Pgs. 156 (1995)
Vandana Shiva, Vanaja Ramprasad, Pandurang Hegde, Oakar Krishnan
and Radha Holla-Bhar
Extensive documentation and introduction to farmers who are still maintaining traditional seeds in their fields. Color pictures.
Animal Powered Systems
Peter Lowe, Deutshes Zentrum fur Entwicklungstechnologien- GATE(German Appropriate Technology Exchange, Deutsche Gesellschaft furTechnische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH, Post Box 5180, D-6236 Eschborn 1,Federal Republic of Germany, Tel: (061 96) 79-0,
First Edition, ISBN 3-528-02023-7
With the aid of more than 60 illustrations the brochure shows possible uses for the power gear technique. The author has referred to historical sources of information from Europe and North America, as well as his own more recent research work in regions where the power gear technique is increasingly being used at present, as for instance in Egypt. Over and above the circle of experts on draught animal usage, this brochure is addressed to persons who would like more insight into the condition under which traditional and historical techniques can provide answers for current technological needs.
OX POWER – KI JAYA! An Ox-Power Handbook by Paramananda das (first ISKCON Minister for Cow Protection and Agriculture)
Ox Training Lessons by William E. Dove (Balabhadra das), ISCOWP President and second ISKCON Minister for Cow Protection and Agriculture
4-H Working Steer Manual
Dwight E. Barney, Extension Publication No 33,Cooperative Extension Service, University of New Hampshire
Peter Watson, Fourth Edition, 1983 by ArtisanPublications, 139 Division Ave., Summit, N.J. 07901
This manual is a guide for people who are learning how to harness animal energy and use it to power farm equipment. It is written for Peace Corps Volunteers and agricultural extension personnel who are helping farmers introduce or upgrade animal-powered farm systems. It is equally intended for those who are teaching themselves to farm with draft animals,or drive teams. Many illustrations.
Oxen – a Teamsters Guide
Author: Drew Conroy
Details: 360 pages, 5.5×8.5 paperback
Rural Heritage, Gainesboro, Tennessee, 38562, USA,
1. Selecting the Ideal Team
2. Housing Your Oxen
3. Feeding Your Oxen
4. Principles of Training
5. Training Steers
6. Advanced Training
7. Training Mature Cattle
8. Yoke Styles
9. Making a Neck Yoke and Bows
10. Hitching Options
11. Oxen in Agriculture
12. Logging with Oxen
13. Working Oxen in Public
14. Competing with Oxen
15. Keeping Oxen Healthy
16. Hoof Care
17. The Problem Team
18. Oxen in History
19. International Development
Horse Drawn Tillage Tools
ISBN 1-885210-12-4 Soft Cover
ISBN 1-885210-13-2 Hard Cover
This book is primarily a compilation of materials from the exhaustive archival library of Small Farmer’s Journal, from SFJ friends and from a handful of present-day manufacturers of new implements. Extensively illustrated.
Haying With Horses
By Lynn R. Miller
Available from Small Farmer’s Journal
A comprehensive manual focusing on horse drawn lose hay systems covering all the equipment variable including mowers, rakes, stackers, wagons, loaders, fore carts, and balers. Extensive technical information on mower tune up. Exhaustive illustrations of different horse drawn hay tools. Procedural diagrams. Includes mower tune up. Exhaustive illustrations of different horse drawn hay tools. Procedural diagrams. Includes information on loose hay feeding techniques. Most horse drawn hay equipment can be used by oxen.
Horse drawn Plows & Plowing
By Lynn R. Miller
Small Farmer’s Journal Inc., First Edition, Feb. 2000
ISBN 1-885210-08-6 Soft cover
ISBN 1-885210-09-4 Hard cover
300+ pages with hundreds of drawings and photos covering how to plow with horses using older equipment and new implements. Here you will find simple diagrams explaining tricky adjustments for both riding and walking plows. Detailed engineers drawings of John Deer, Oliver, McCormickDeering, Parlin Orendorff, Avery, and many other older manufacturers will be immensely helpful to folks restoring equipment. Also includes close up photos and information on new makes of animal-drawn plows including Pioneer and White Horse. Most horse drawn equipment can be used by oxen.
An Introduction to Working Animals
by J. Lindsay Falvey PhD, MPW Australia, 302-304 LittleLonsdale St, Melbourne 3000, Australia,
First Edition, ISBN 1-86252-992-2
Dr. Falvey and his associates have brought together in are addable and concrete form what is now known about the origins, use and management of the world’s working animals. The result will be extremely useful to students, teachers and extension workers in many parts of the world. It also serves to highlight the enormous gaps in our knowledge of such an important subject and, hopefully, will stimulate research and extension workers to pay more attention to what is, without doubt, the most ignored aspect of world animal production.
In Praise of Oxen
By Terry James
Nimbus Publishing Limited
P.O. Box 9301 Station A
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3K 5N5
Inspirational photographs and description of Oxen.
5239 South 24th St.
Kalamazoo, MI 49002 USA
Phone: 616/344-3233 or 1-800/498-2700
Classes in animal power, farming, blacksmithing, and woodworking, small farm and crops.
A catalogue of products ranging from ox training/driving, yokes/yoke making, farming implements, other accessories.
Tillers’ mission is:
- to preserve low-cost, historical rural skills,
- to find contemporary refinements within low-capital constraints,
- to share this information with those interested in small farms both in America and around the globe.
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