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A Living from the Land by William B. Duryee is a comprehensive guide to sustainable living and farming practices. In this well-researched book, the author draws on his extensive experience as a farmer and agricultural consultant to provide invaluable insights and practical tips for those interested in earning a livelihood from the land.

One of the standout features of this book is its emphasis on sustainable practices and environmental stewardship. Duryee takes a holistic approach, advocating for methods that promote long-term viability and reduce the ecological footprint of farming. From soil management to water conservation techniques, the author covers a wide range of topics, making this book a valuable resource for both novice and experienced farmers alike.

Duryee’s writing style is clear, concise, and accessible. He effectively breaks down complex concepts into easily understandable language, ensuring that readers of all backgrounds can grasp the material. The book is logically organized, with each chapter building upon the previous one, leading to a comprehensive understanding of the subject matter.

One of the strengths of A Living from the Land is its wealth of practical advice and real-life examples. Duryee not only shares his expertise but also includes anecdotes and case studies from other farmers, providing readers with a broader perspective and inspiring success stories. From choosing the right land and crop selection to marketing and selling products, the author covers every aspect of running a profitable farm, leaving no stone unturned.

Despite its numerous strengths, there are a few areas where this book falls short. Some readers may find certain sections too technical or data-driven, making it challenging to follow at times. Additionally, the book predominantly focuses on larger-scale agricultural operations, potentially overlooking the needs and challenges faced by small-scale farmers or those interested in urban farming.

In conclusion, A Living from the Land is a valuable resource for anyone aspiring to make a living through sustainable farming practices. William B. Duryee's wealth of knowledge and his passion for the subject shine through in this comprehensive guide. While it may not cater to all audiences or delve deep into certain specific areas, its approachability and practical advice make it a worthwhile read for those interested in sustainable agriculture.

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[Illustration: ( Frontispiece )

Country homes backed by intensive types of agriculture serve modern human needs.]



Secretary of Agriculture, State of New Jersey


Copyright, 1934, by the MCGRAW HILL BOOK COMPANY, INC.

All rights reserved. This book, or parts thereof, may not be reproduced in any form without permission of the publishers.


PUBLISHED BY WHITTLESEY HOUSE A division of the McGraw Hill Book Company, Inc.

Printed in the United States of America by The Maple Press Co., York, Pa.

To my friend HENRY W. JEFFERS


Homesteading days are here again. The present movement of people back to the land is of a different type and has different objectives from those which prevailed when a continent was to be conquered and exploited. Today we know that many urban industries will operate on a seasonal basis and we know too that periods of unemployment and shorter working days will provide more leisure and probably lower incomes for hundreds of thousands of families. The utilization of this leisure time to supplement incomes, to raise the standards of living and of health, and to attain some measure of economic security will tend more and more to settlement on the land... Continue reading book >>

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