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Learn how to live richly without wealth on the new garden farm. In his final book of essays – completed just weeks before he died – Gene Logsdon, a self-described "contrary farmer," gives advice to the next generation of small-scale "garden farmers" seeking a better way of life. Filled with wit and humor, this book offers valuable perspectives on everything from robot farming to enjoying a well-built livestock barn.
ForewordPreface1. No Such Thing as "The American Farmer"2. Farmer Is All About Money, Even When It Isn't3. The Economic Decentralization of Nearly Everything4. The Ripening of a "Rurban" Culture5. The Barns at the Center of the Garden Farm Universe6. Backyard Sheep7. Hauling Livestock: The Ultimate Test of Your Farming Mettle8. The Cow Stable: Health Spa of the Future9. The Rise of the Modern Plowgirl10. Finding and Keeping a New Age Farm Partner11. Big Data and Robot Farming12. The Invasion of the Paranoids13. One Cow's Forage Is Another Cow's Poison14. Pasture Farming as Part of Garden Farming15. The Wild-Plant Explorers16. The Most Stubborn Farmer of Us All17. Have We Deflowered Our Virgin Soils? 18. The Resurrection of a Really Free Market19. Artisanal Food in the New Age of Farming20. Why Fake Steak Won't Ever Rule the Meat Market1. The Homebodies22. If Michelangelo Had to Drive to Work23. A Fable About the End of "Get Big or Get Out"24. The Real Background Behind the Fading of Industrial Farming25. In Praise of Rural Simplicity (Whatever That Is)