“A lot has changed for American agriculture since Ben Franklin wrote his (almanac), and we wonder how much will change yet. With this almanac, we assert our voices as new agrarians. No matter what the weather holds, we seek life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and farming is the way to get there,” says editor-in-chief, Severine von Tscharner Fleming (thegreenhorns.net)
The New Farmer’s Almanac is full of practical advice for farmers, and should also be of interest and use to other people living in a rural environment. It’s filled with essays, stories, poetry, histories, recipes, songs, games, photos, charts, and many drawings. It has a very eclectic feel although it stylistically fits together.
In addition to what you’d expect to find in an almanac, this book contains much more. From what to do if you find a baby bird out of the nest, how to compost, identify poisonous plants, how to catch a sheep, or even what to do if you can’t get a woman giving birth to a hospital, The New Farmer’s Almanac covers a lot!
There are also several ideological essays throughout the book that discuss the importance of farming, needs of the farmer, gastronomic heritage, federalization, and more.
While the book is written “For the Year 2013” it can be enjoyed anytime and the majority of it is useful for any year.
To learn more and find out how to buy a copy visit thegreenhorns.net.
UPDATE: The Greenhorns have since come out with another book: The New Farmer’s Almanac 2015.
- Severine von Tscharner Fleming’s Greenhorns (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
- Agricultural Pioneers: Harry Albee – Adirondack Mountain Cowboy (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
- Why Are Barns Red? (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
- Reber Rock Farm’s Nathan Henderson’s “Drafting a Future” Radiostory (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
- Improving Soil and Water Conservation (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
- Essex County Agriculture (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)