Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Reading List

"If I have seen further, it is only by standing on the shoulders of giants." - Isaac Newton, and others.

I haven't been able to read as much as I would have liked, but my ideas and opinions in sustainable agriculture have largely been shaped by the books I've read. These have been an important part of my studies, so I will include reference to them as progress towards a degree in Applied Permaculture. This isn't a complete list but I would say it contains the most important works.

In no particular order,

Living the Good Life, Helen and Scott Nearing
Continuing the Good Life, Helen and Scott Nearing
Plowman's Folly, Edward Faulkner
Malabar Farm, Louis Bromfield
Tomorrow's Table, Pamela Ronald and Raoul Adamchak
Slow Money, Chelsea Green
Becoming Native to This Place, Wes Jackson
The 4 Season Harvest, Elliot Coleman
The New Organic Grower,  Elliot Coleman
Building Soils Naturally, Phil Nuata
Radical Agriculture, (collection of essays) edited by Richard Merrill
Louis Bromfield at Malabar, edited by Charles E. Little
The Sheer Ecstasy of Being a Lunatic Farmer, Joel Salatin
You Can Farm, Joel Salatin
The Road Back to Nature, Fukuoka
The Natural Way of Farming, Fukuoka
The Ultimate of God Nature (self published), Fukuoka
Permaculture 1, Bill Mollison
Return to Resistance, Raoul Robinson
Small Is Beautiful, E.F. Schumacher
Silent Spring, Rachel Carson
Anthroposophy, Rudolf Steiner 
Endgame, Derrick Jensen

Selected readings from, 
Permaculture, Principles and Pathways beyond Sustainability, David Holmgren.
The Albrecht Papers 1, William Albrecht
Permaculture: A Designer's Manual, Bill Mollison

Back to Eden by Evan Eisenberg
Weeds as Teachers by Jill Clapperton

I originally decided to go into organic agriculture because of writing from Gandhi, Tolstoy, Thoreau and Vandana Shiva.