SUCCESSFUL PART-TIME FARMING by Haydn S. Pearson

SUCCESSFUL PART-TIME FARMING

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Pearson speaks out of experience, but as one reads this book, one wonders how much energy- or time- is left for the other job that the part-time farmer is supposed to carry on in the city some fifteen miles from the rural site of his farm. Success on the Small Farm (1946- P. 58) presented many of the facets of farming he has included here. But, presumably, the intention in this book is for the ""part-time farmer"" to select from one or other of the cash crops (strawberries, raspberries, asparagus, melons, squash, corn, peaches, blueberries, peas) to insure not only subsistence farming to supply his family, but enough to sell at that roadside stand (does the wife run that between tending the poultry, taking care of the greenhouse, milking the cow or the goats, and doing crafts in her spare time?). There's lots of sound advice on limitations and restrictions on part-time farming, as to distance from work, transportation facilities, electricity, ample water supply, neighbors, size of acreage. There's plenty of practical how-to-do-it as regards soil, the farm shop, power tools, the kind of vegetable garden, the advisability of going slow on the home orchard, the pros and cons of pigs, goats, rabbits, chickens, etc. Excellent lists of government bulletins. And so much enthusiasm and zest for the way of life, that almost I was convinced.

Pub Date: May 9th, 1947
Publisher: Whittlesey