Letter to a Young Farmer by Gene Logdson The advice and wisdom shared in this book can only come from someone who has lived his life as a farmer. Mr Logsdon knows the future is in small homesteads, and is encouraging more families to learn how to live the simple life. Most of the book is written in letter format, filled with stories, some rambles, and visions of the future.
What I Liked
City farmer, garden farmers, artisan farmers; I laughed a little as Mr Logsdon tried to find a name for modern day homesteaders. He knows that homesteading is up and coming, and he is pleased that industrial farming is on the down turn.
The personal stories he shared was like listening to my Grandpa. A grandpa that believes in the importance of small farms, and knows that *we* can do it. It is essentially the conversation that I wish I could have with a tried and true sustainable farmer.
Letter to a Young Farmer is very motivational, and will solidify all your reasons for wanting to return to the small farm life.
What I Didn’t Like
At times he can be pretty critical, and start ranting about industrial farms. While I also like small farming, there were a couple chapters that seemed to veer off from his original intent.
Why I Recommend This Book
This is a great book to solidify the need for small farms. It will be a great motivator if you ever feel like quitting, or if homesteading is feeling too hard. The book was a constant reminder that there is no experience as amazing as living on a farm.
About the Author
Gene Logsdon is the author of Letter to a Young Farmer. He was a writer, farmer, and journalist, and published more than two dozen books, both practical and philosophical, on all aspects of rural life and affairs. He wrote a popular blog, The Contrary Farmer, as well as an award-winning column for the Carey, Ohio, Progressor Times. Gene was also a contributor to Farming Magazine and The Draft Horse Journal. He lived and farmed in Upper Sandusky, Ohio, where he died in 2016.
Another book review I did by the same author, All Flesh is Grass by Gene Logsdon.