Author(s): GARDNER FRANK D
"Traditional American Farming Techniques" remains as valuable today as it was when first published in 1916. More than a thousand pages brim with information -- everything from the science behind crop rotation to the specifics of breeding better hogs; from raising perfect celery to maximizing yields in subtropical citrus groves; from growing and curing the best tobacco to making the best butter; from the care and management of draft animals to the details of replacing them with trucks and tractors; from improving farm soils to dealing with insect infestations and diseases of crops and livestock using methods today's organic farmers would recognize and approve.
In addition to the author's clear, insightful, and all-inclusive text, there are additional chapters written by the leading specialists of the day, including:
-- Soils, Manures, Fertilizers, Lime, Drainage, Irrigation, Tillage, Field Crops, Crop Rotations, Plant Improvement, Meadows and Pastures, Weeds
-- Vegetables, Vegetable Forcing, Mushroom Culture, Medicinal Plants, Orcharding, Small Fruits, Nut Culture, Farm Woodlot, Floriculture
-- Livestock, Dairying, Feeds and Feeding, Animal Diseases
-- Farm Management, Records and Accounts, Markets and Marketing, Land Rental, Labor
-- Farm Buildings, Fences, Engines, Tractors, Machinery, Sanitation
-- Plant Diseases, Insects, Fungicides, Insecticides
-- Domestic Economy, Housing, Clothing, Education, Information
Fully and copiously illustrated, "Traditional American Farming Techniques" was the most useful book of its kind in the early twentieth century. Small-scale farmers will find it just as useful -- even invaluable -- today.