FEBRUARY 2, 2005: Our primary goal for the New Farm
online bookstore is not to sell you books—it's to help you
find the information you need to farm successfully and sustainably.
And although for the sake of convenience we offer links to Amazon.com
for most of the books listed in our store, many rarer or more specialized
titles are more easily obtained directly from the publisher or from
independent bookshops. What follows is an alphabetical list of presses
and booksellers we've found to be excellent sources for books (as
well as videos, fact sheets and other materials) about organic and
sustainable agriculture. We hope you find the same.
Know of a great source for sustainable ag books not on this list?
Let us know.
In addition to their monthly newspaper on eco-agriculture, Acres
USA publishes and sells a wide range of books on crop production,
veterinary care, business management, and other topics.
Sample title: Charles
Walters, A Farmer's Guide to the Bottom Line (2001)
The American Botanist
An Illinois-based bookseller, American Botanist specializes in rare
and out-of-print books on agriculture and horticulture. They have
also issued a few titles under their own imprint.
Sample title: Ward Sinclair, Truckpatch: A
Farmer's Odyssey (2000)
An on-line bookstore of sustainable agriculture, self-sufficiency
and traditional knowledge, run by an ecumenical cooperative in the
Sample title: Robert K. Henderson, The Neighborhood
Forager: A Guide for the Wild Food Gourmet.
Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association
Based in Oregon, BDFGA has a lengthy publication list of books and
pamphlets relating to biodynamic principles and practices. Many
titles are difficult to find elsewhere.
Sample title: Alex Podolinsky, Biodynamic Agriculture:
Introductory Lectures, Vol. 1 (1985)
British publishing group CABI specializes in technical books in
the plant and animal sciences and in rural economic development.
Sustainable agriculture is one of their subfields.
Sample titles: K. Lind, G. Lafer, et al, Organic
Fruit Growing (2003); N. H. Lampkin and S. Padel, eds., The
Economics of Organic Farming: An International Perspective
Canadian Organic Growers
Founded in 1975, non-profit COG has produced a small number of excellent
handbooks for organic farm management, as well as numerous inexpensive
Sample title: Canadian Organic Growers, Organic
Livestock Handbook (2000)
A small publishing house based in Lincolnshire, England, Chalcombe
produces practical, affordable books for farmers and agricultural
Sample title: Jon Newton, Organic Grassland
Chelsea Green Publishing
A small independent publisher based in Vermont; a great source for
both practical and inspirational works.
Sample titles: Robert Hart, Forest Gardening:
Cultivating an Edible Landscape (1996); Joan Gussow, This
Organic Life: Confessions of a Suburban Homesteader (2002).
The Countryman Press
Now a division of W.W. Norton, Countryman Press publishes attractive
and useful books in gardening, country living, and regional subjects.
Sample title: Jan Greenberg, Hudson Valley
Harvest: A Food Lover's Guide to Farms, Restaurants, and Open-Air
Originally founded by the International Institute for Environment
and Development and WWF, Earthscan was acquired by the science publisher
James & James last year. They continue to publish hard-hitting,
serious titles on sustainable development and the environment.
Sample titles: Erik Millstone and Tim Lang, The
Atlas of Food: Who Eats What, Where, and Why (2003); Marc Lappé
and Britt Bailey, Against the Grain: The Genetic Transformation
of Global Agriculture (1999).
An independent UK bookseller based in lovely Bath, and specializing
in practical books on environmental topics.
Sample title: Nick White, ed., Sustainable
Housing Schemes in the UK.
Also known as The Institute for Food and Development Policy, Food
First is a non-profit think-tank and outreach organization publishing
regular reports on topics such as hunger, food security, land reform,
and biotechnology. They also have an on-line bookstore and issue
a handful of books each year under their own imprint.
Sample title: Jennifer Willsea, ed., Alternatives
to the Peace Corps: A Directory of Global Volunteer Organizations,
The Globe Pequot Press / The Lyons Press
Globe Pequot's Lyons Press imprint features a series of practical
farming and rural life handbooks from the early years of the 20th
Sample title: Frank D. Gardner, Traditional
American Farming Techniques (2001; first published 1916).
Growing for Market
Lynn Byczynski's monthly newsletter Growing for Market is cherished
by truck farmers and market gardeners nationwide. The GFM bookstore
features the indispensable titles of market farming.
Sample title: Frank and Pamela Arnosky, We're
Gonna Be Rich: Growing Specialty Cut Flowers for Market: A collection
of the Arnoskys' cut-flower columns for Growing for Market,
Island Press / Shearwater Books
Since 1984, non-profit Island Press has been publishing a wide range
of high-quality books on global environmental issues, sustainable
development, and ecological design. Their Conservation Classics
series includes historic sustainable ag titles like Edward Faulkner's
Plowman's Folly and A Second Look.
Sample titles: Allan Nation, Holistic Management
(1999); Jeffrey A. McNeely and Sara J. Scherr, Ecoagriculture:
Strategies to Feed the World and Save Wild Biodiversity (2002).
Journey to Forever
An annotated bibliography of sustainable ag titles; also includes
many electronic full-text editions.
Sample title: J. Russell Smith, Tree Crops:
A Permanent Agriculture (1929).
Motorbooks.com is your source for illustrated books on tractors,
farm implements, and their history.
Sample title: Ronald Stokes Barlow, Three Hundred
Years of Farm Implements and Machinery, 1630-1930.
Missouri Alternatives Center
An on-line catalog of alternative ag books, booklets, videos, and
more. (Because libraries will get you through times without money
better than money will get you through times without libraries.)
Sample title: Nic Lampkin and Mark Measures, eds.,
2001 Organic Farm Management Handbook.
Natural Resource, Agriculture, and Engineering
A joint project of cooperate extension and 14 member land-grant
universities, NRAES specializes in practical titles on agriculture,
horticulture, farm construction, waste management, and more.
Sample titles: Thom J. McEvoy, Introduction
to Forest Ecology and Silviculture, 2nd edn (2000); Mark Dougherty,
ed., The Field Guide to On-Farm Composting (1999).
Vermont booksellers (with shops in Brandon and Rochester) who
are also organic farmers. Through their stores and website they
offer titles on sustainable agriculture and homestead/farmstead
skills. New, used, antiquarian and publisher overstock books.
Sample titles: George Waterman, The Practical
Stock Doctor: Stock Breeding for Farmers and Stock Owners (1926),
Eric Freyfogle, ed., The New Agrarianism: Land, Culture and
the Community of Life (2001).
A Canadian site offering free downloads of a small but growing number
of books for individual use. Several works by the pioneering plant
breeder Raoul Robinson are available here in both English and Spanish.
Sample titles: Raoul A. Robinson, Return to
Resistance and El Retorno al Resistencia (1996).
Soil and Health Library
This remarkable site is the work of American vegetable grower and
writer Steve Solomon, now living in Tasmania, Australia. It is a
dynamic collection of electronic, full-text editions of out-of-print
classics of sustainable agriculture.
Sample title: Robert Elliot, The Clifton Park
System of Farming (1943).
New England-based Storey Publishing has been turning out appealing,
down-to-earth books on gardening, homesteading, and the rural arts
Sample titles: Dirk van Loon, The Family Cow;
John J. Mettler, Jr., Basic Butchering of Livestock and Game.
Sustainable Agriculture Network
The Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN) is the Sustainable Agriculture
Research & Education program's publications arm, part of the
USDA's support for sustainable ag. SAN has a short but growing list
of affordable, practical titles, many available in CD-ROM as well
as print formats.
Sample title: Fred Magdoff and Harold van Es, Building
Soils for Better Crops, 2nd edn (2000).
University of Nebraska Press
Many university presses publish regional titles relevant to agricultural
history or food politics, but UNP deserves special notice for its
Our Sustainable Future Series, co-edited by sustainable ag pioneer
Sample titles: John Opie, Ogallala: Water for
a Dry Land (2000); M. Brett Callaway and Charles A. Francis,
eds., Crop Improvement for Sustainable Agriculture (1993).