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Greetings,
I'm a prospective beginner farmer and gardener. I was looking for some suggestions for a book that is aimed at beginners in the realm of natural, non-toxic, ecologically sound and environmentally friendly farming methods. I'm especially interested in books that take a holistic approach rather than with the analysis of, treatment of, or dissection into parts that some books go into.
I'm also greatly interested in books that have an appreciation of agriculture as an artform instead of just the usual pure science-only.
Thank you
 
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Joel Salatin: You Can Farm -perspective building, general advice, wish i picked it up before I started.
Eliot Coleman: The New Organic Grower -almost the perfect book on how to grow vegetables on a smallish scale organically.
Gene Logsdon: Contrary Farmer -perspective building, thought provoking.
Richard Wiswall: The Organic Farmer's Business Handbook -if you really want to do this as a business, you need something like this.
Mark Shepard: Restoration Agriculture: dramatically changing the way I think about my future farming plans. Also wish I found it 5 years ago.
 
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The Market Gardener by Jean-martin Fortier

Although large parts may fall outside of what you want, and where your values are, this really is an exceptional book, and worth the read.
 
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Toby Hemenway, Gaia's Garden.
What is Alan Savory's book? I am forgetting the title...
 
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Coleman's book is pretty good for mid scale coldish climate growing. I own a copy.

John Seymours' 'The new self sufficient gardener' is pretty hard to beat though.
 
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