The Holistic book recommendation thread

Discussion in 'Holistic Farming' started by holwellcourtfarm, Jan 15, 2019.

  1. I've just finished Gabe browns book dirt to soul. It's excellent everyone interested in any kind of conservation agriculture. Very easy to read too which is a big plus from me (y)
    Have read fertity farming by Newman Turner that's very good but the second half is somewhat irrelevant unless you are a 1950s dairy farmer. It's worth a read through.
  2. Macsky

    Macsky Member

    The Art and Science of Grazing by Sarah Flack. A book that draws from a lot of in depth study and experience on growing and grazing grasses, and presents it in an easy to read and very understandable fashion.


    An American book, but still very applicable here.
  3. That one is in my reading queue (y)

    Call of the Reed Warbler by Charles Massy is highly recommended if quite a slow read. It is written from a dry land perspective (Australia) but it's packed with information that is relevant to other climates. It had a huge references and further reading section. It's expensive in hardback but I bought the softback from here very reasonably:
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  4. Poorbuthappy

    Poorbuthappy Member

    Nearly finished Dirt to Soil and very much taken with it.
    Have just bought this too... 20190124_215431.jpg
    First impressions are that it's going to be an excellent read for anyone who comes at the holistic approach with a Christian faith influence.
    I stated my interest in holistic farming sits well with my faith when I joined the planned grazing thread and whilst I respect the fact many, or most, are not interested in that angle, I find it very interesting that 3 of the most quoted proponents of holistic management - Gabe Brown, Ray Archuleta and Joel Salatin all come at it very much from a faith perspective.
    Joel says this book is particularly aimed at the faith community, but his many friends in the "environmental community" are invited to listen in on the conversation.
  5. Macsky

    Macsky Member

    I’m in the same, sits very well with Christian principles. You can add Frank Newman Turner to that list as well.
  6. Hawkes

    Hawkes Member

    After reading this thread I had a look through father's old farming books collection and found "Fertility Farming." What an interesting read it is too and seems increasingly relevant today after the last 40 years or so of arable cropping methods. I wish he was still about to ask him what he thought of it when he bought it !
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  7. Macsky

    Macsky Member


    The last two sentences there jump right out.

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