This is likely to be an interesting book to anyone who enjoys gardening. It's a first-hand account of how the author gave up a business career in the city to relocate his family to life on a homestead in the early part of the nineteenth century. Land in America at this time was relatively cheap to purchase but his overall message is to avoid buying more land than a family can look after properly and that a well-tended small homestead is far more profitable than a homestead too large to be maintained properly.
A lot of his ideas are very sensible and worthwhile considering. It also gives a snapshot of American social history.
I've rated it only 4 stars since, although the author mentions he had some failures, he glosses other them very quickly. However, he is very happy to write in detail about his wife's two big mistakes. Something else slightly annoying: we learn the names of his hired workman and housemaid, but not the name of his wife who is only mentioned the whole time as "my wife" although he does often say how wonderful a housekeeper she was.
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Ten Acres is Enough: How a Very Small Farm can keep a Very Large Family Paperback – 20 December 2018
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- Publisher : dminoz; 1st edition (20 December 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 214 pages
- ISBN-10 : 098029763X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0980297638
- Dimensions : 12.7 x 1.37 x 20.32 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 595,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Very interesting.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 1 January 2019
Five StarsReviewed in Canada on 19 May 2018
This is a great little book, a how to book for farming on 10 acres
So full of information!Reviewed in the United States on 20 July 2019
I am loving this book. It is so full of information that I can only read a little at a time. I need to read it twice and take notes the next time through. It all about permaculture before the word was even created. Everything in this book can be applied to today's homesteading too. I cant wait to try some of these principals on my ow. 10 acres!
Old book with facinating information pertinent to today's small truck farmer.Reviewed in the United States on 9 April 2013
I rated this book with 5 stars because I enjoyed it a lot. Even though it describes farming processes about 150 years old, the information it offers is applicable to today's small truck farmer. I loved reading how he cleverly learned how to increase his crop quantity and quality. A lot of his ideas could be put to used by just about any vegetable and fruit grower. It was also amusing and educational to see the costs and earnings then and realize how much our dollar has depreciated.
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Husband loved the bookReviewed in the United States on 16 December 2019
My husband loved this book and has since lent it to several friends. He is an organic farmer obsessed with efficiency, sustainability and protecting the earth.