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What I know of farming: a series of brief and plain expositions of practical agriculture as an art based upon science   By: (1811-1872)

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What I Know of Farming: A Series of Brief and Plain Expositions of Practical Agriculture as an Art Based upon Science by Horace Greeley is a remarkable piece of work that provides invaluable insights into the world of farming. Greeley, a prominent American journalist and reformer, has successfully touched upon various aspects of agriculture in a concise and easily understandable manner.

The book starts off by introducing the fundamentals of farming, making it accessible even to those who are new to the subject. Greeley emphasizes the importance of understanding the science behind agriculture and how it can be applied effectively in practical farming techniques. He presents the information in an organized and coherent manner, ensuring that readers can easily follow along.

One of the highlights of this book is Greeley's clear passion for the subject matter. It is evident that he possesses a deep understanding of farming, acquired through years of experience and meticulous research. This expertise shines through in his writing, making it both informative and engaging. Greeley's emphasis on the art of farming as well as the science behind it creates a perfect balance that appeals to both aspiring farmers and seasoned experts.

Another standout feature of this book is its practicality. Greeley delves into a wide range of topics, addressing common challenges faced by farmers and providing simple yet effective solutions. From soil management and crop rotation to livestock care and farm infrastructure, he covers it all. Moreover, he offers valuable advice on marketing and sustainability, ensuring that readers not only gain knowledge but also learn how to optimize their farming practices for long-term success.

What sets this book apart is its accessibility to all readers. Greeley's writing style is straightforward and devoid of unnecessary technical jargon. Whether you are an experienced farmer seeking to expand your knowledge or simply someone with a burgeoning interest in agriculture, this book caters to your needs. Greeley's ability to simplify complex concepts demonstrates his dedication to disseminating vital agricultural information to a wide audience.

One minor criticism is that, at times, the book assumes a certain level of prior knowledge. Some readers may find certain sections overwhelming or difficult to grasp, particularly if they are completely new to farming. However, this issue is mitigated by Greeley's overall commitment to clarity and the extensive range of topics covered.

In conclusion, What I Know of Farming: A Series of Brief and Plain Expositions of Practical Agriculture as an Art Based upon Science is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in the field of agriculture. Greeley's passion, expertise, and practical advice make this book a must-read for aspiring farmers and experienced agriculturalists alike. Whether you are looking to optimize your farm's productivity or simply seeking a deeper understanding of the art and science behind agriculture, this book is a treasure trove of knowledge that will undoubtedly benefit you.

First Page:

WHAT I KNOW OF FARMING:

A SERIES OF

BRIEF AND PLAIN EXPOSITIONS

OF

PRACTICAL AGRICULTURE

AS AN ART BASED UPON SCIENCE:

BY HORACE GREELEY.

"I know That where the spade is deepest driven, The best fruits grow."

JOHN G. WHITTIER.

NEW YORK: PUBLISHED BY THE TRIBUNE ASSOCIATION. 1871.

Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1870, by HORACE GREELEY, at the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.

TO

THE MAN OF OUR AGE,

WHO SHALL MAKE THE FIRST PLOW PROPELLED BY

STEAM,

OR OTHER MECHANICAL POWER, WHEREBY NOT LESS THAN

TEN ACRES PER DAY

SHALL BE THOROUGHLY PULVERIZED TO A

DEPTH OF TWO FEET,

AT A COST OF NOT MORE THAN TWO DOLLARS PER ACRE,

THIS WORK IS ADMIRINGLY DEDICATED BY

THE AUTHOR.

CONTENTS BY CHAPTERS.

PAGE

I. Will Farming Pay? 13

II. Good and Bad Husbandry 18

III. Where to Farm 23

IV. Preparing to Farm 29

V. Buying a Farm 34

VI. Laying off a Farm; Pasturing 39

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