Here’s My New Favorite Book on Farming

There is no set recipe for success in farming and ranching. What works for one person isn't guaranteed to work for another. And even when you think you've figured out the recipe that works at your place, everything can change due to the weather or the marketplace. That means that in order to sustain a farm over the long haul, a farmer has to be a particular kind of person: someone who is a critical thinker, who has a grasp of the basic principles of how things grow, and who has one eye fixed on profitability. It also helps to be an expert observer as noticing what's going well, so you can adapt to whatever comes your way. None of us is born with all these skills and we have to gather them as we go. A great place to start, is with this new book by Forrest Pritchard and Ellen Polishuk: Start Your Farm: The Authoritative Guide to Becoming a Sustainable 21st Century Farmer. You may already recognize Forrest's name. In addition to being a 7th generation farmer and an On Pasture contributor, Forrest is also the New York Times best selling author of "Gaining Ground," the story of how he saved the family farm, and "Growing Tomorrow," the story of eighteen sustainable farmers who are changing the way we eat. Ellen is a farm consultant, writer and teacher with 25 years of raising vegetables for 7 farmers markets, a 550 member CSA, and two roadside stands. In this book, Forrest and E

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