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I really enjoy reading books about country living, low-impact, natural lifestyles, etc. Here are some I have enjoyed about the transitional to country life and some about living on a farm.
My first and fave (after Thoreau/Emerson) was "Simple Living" by Wanda Urbanska and Frank Levering. They move from busy, entertainment lifestyle in CA to the family farm/orchard in Virginia. I could read it, again and again. They may have written more books.
"A Country Year" by Sue Hubbell She writes about beekeeping among other things.
"Better Off" by Eric Brende about living off the grid, as an experiment in an established community of people who were already off it. How it changed him and his family.
"Harvest:A Year in the Life of an Organic Farm" by Nicola Smith with lots of great photos, an honest look at a couple with a toddler who pursue organic farming in the NE.
"Fifty Acres and a Farm" is a humorous look at moving to lots of land and feeling kinda clueless. by Jeanne Marie Laskas She wrote "The Exact Same Moon" later about farm life and adopting.
"Becoming Native to this Place" by Wes Jackson is more enviro and academic of a read.
"This Organic Life" by Joan Dye Gussow reading it right now...an older woman recounts her life with artist hubby and their drive to plant stuff.
doula mama to my nov 05 and my feb 08 babes who wrap me in love.