Agricultural library – by author

  • Albrecht, William A.
    Soil Fertility and Animal Health (1958)

    One of the most important agriculture-health books ever written. Albrecht published many articles in magazines and journals, but this is the only actual book Albrecht wrote and was his effort to encapsulate his whole message between two covers.

  • Albrecht, William A.
    Albrecht, William A.: Assorted scientific papers and miscellaneous publications

    Albrecht published hundreds of papers in agriculture and health-related journals. He also wrote a many years long series of monthly articles in Let’s Live!, a popular health magazine. A collection of similar papers (without the Let’s Live! articles), is published in-print on-paper by Acres, USA as The Albrecht Papers in four volumes.

  • Baker, C. Alma
    The Labouring Earth: A survey of agricultural conditions at home and abroad (1940)

    This broad, world-wide survey was primarily done from a biodynamic point of view and with considerable acknowledgment for the contribution of Sir Albert Howard.

  • Balfour, Lady Eve
    The Living Soil (1948)

    An organic classic. Lady Balfour organized a farm, Haughley, where comparative experiments were done to prove the superiority of organic methods. It also states the organic case thoroughly, passionately and reasonably.

  • Balfour, Lady Eve
    9,600 Miles Through The U.S.A. In A Station Wagon (1954)

    In the early 1950s Lady Balfour and her companion drove across the USA coast-to-coast, visiting many agriculturalists and meeting with notables including Francis Pottenger, William Albrecht, E. Pfeiffer, Cocanouer, etc. Many photos.

  • Balfour, Lady Eve
    Toward a Sustainable Agriculture–The Living Soil (1977)

    A talk about the Haughley Experiment, given by Lady Balfour at an IFOAM conference in Switzerland.

  • Beach, Rex
    Modern Miracle Men (1936)

    Dr. Charles Northen demonstrated that countless human ills stem from the fact that the impoverished soil of America no longer provides plant foods with the mineral elements essential to human nourishment and health! To overcome this alarming condition, he doctors sick soil and, by seeming miracles, raises truly healthy and health-giving fruits and vegetables.

  • Bear, Firman E.
    Prince, Arthur
    Cation Equivalent Constancy in Alfalfa (1944)

    Firman Bear explores the idea that plant nutrients in soil determine the nutritional qualities of the crop.

  • Biodynamic Association USA
    Biodynamics Journal

    Every issue of BioDynamics Journal USA from 1941 to 2007.

  • Burbank, Luther
    Partner of Nature (1939)

    Someday more of Burbank’s writings will be found on this site. Meanwhile, this popularized abridgment by Wilbur Hall will have to suffice.

  • Cato
    On Farming (circa 200 BCA)

    A classic of farming lore and practice from the golden era of the Roman Empire. Scholars usually call this book De Re Rustica (On Agriculture). A Critical English Translation by Andrew Dalby.

  • Cocannouer, Joseph A.
    Weeds: Guardians of the Soil (1950)

    The wild plant species that are thriving in a field or garden reveal a great deal about the soil they are growing in. Weeds can be used to build soil fertility.

  • Dale, Tom and Carter, Veron Gill
    Topsoil and Civilization (1955)

    This survey of world history shows how every civilization from Mesopotamia to Rome first destroyed its agricultural resource base and thus destroyed itself.

  • Darwin, Charles
    The Formation of Vegetable Mould through the action of worms with observations of their habits (1881)

    Understanding the common earthworm’s importance is essential to a full understanding of soil fertility and plant health. Contains an interesting introduction by Sir Albert Howard.

  • Drummond, John
    Charter For The Soil (1944)

    How farming and overall public health should be improved, post World War II.

  • Elliot, Robert
    The Clifton Park System Of Farming (1943)

    Elliot developed a system of humus/fertility restoration by rotating plowed fields into grass for four to eight years.

  • Ernle, Lord
    English Farming Past and Present, Fifth Edition (1936)

    The finest and most readable history of English Farming every written.

  • Faulkner, Edward H.
    Plowman’s Folly (1943)

    Faulkner’s book created a flurry of popular interest in alternatives to "scientific" agriculture. It is probably most important for what happened in American consciousness because of the interest it created rather than because of what the book says.

  • Faulkner, Edward H.
    A Second Look (1947)

    In this book Faulkner reconsiders Plowman’s Folly. Especially interesting is his review of the literature which makes up the essential core of this library.

  • Faulkner, Edward H.
    Soil Restoration (1953)

    Faulkner’s last summary of how to farm, to improve soil and to restore highly degraded farms.

  • Fukuoka, M.
    One Straw Revolution: The Natural Way of Farming. (1978)

    We have been informed (October, 2014) that this worthy title has been brought back in print and is available through all the usual sources.

  • Fukuoka, M.
    The Natural Way of Farming: The Theory and Practice of Green Philosophy (1985)

    Highly unusual viewpoints with a cult following.

  • Graham, Michael
    Soil and Sense (1941)

    Graham wrote before the discoveries of micorhizzal associations and production of phytamins by soil bacteria. But he still did a very good job of explaining the essences of sustainable holistic farming to the general public.

  • Greenwell, Sir Bernard, Bt
    Address to a Meeting of The Farmers’ Club (1939)

    Full title—”With Discussion by Sir Albert Howard and G.T. Wrench”. Speeches and Q&A at the Royal Empire Society, Craven Street, W.C.2,on Monday, 30th January, 1939.

  • Hamaker, John D and Donald A. Weaver
    The Survival of Civilization (1982)

    Continental glaciation spreads fresh, highly mineralized rock dust over temperate regions that by itself causes world-wide climatic changes. Another continental glaciation is both inevitable and imminent unless we significantly remineralize our agricultural soils.

  • Hart, Robert
    De "Bostuin":Mogelijkheden om te leven en telen in harmonie met de natuur (2007)

    Vertaling van het bekende boekje van Robert Hart, over het opzetten van een Bostuin in de stad of op het land, met een minimum van arbeid en hoofdzakelijk bestaande uit fruit- en notenbomen, en -struiken, samen met zelfuitzaaiende groenten en kruiden. Het verhaal van Hart’s eigen Bostuin in Shropshire, en over het gezonde ‘salade’dieet Nederlandse vertaling: Robert Hundscheidt.

  • Henderson, George
    Farmer’s Progress: A Guide to Farming (1950)

    A successful livestock farmer provides excellent advice to the young wishing to enter farming as a life-work. There are wise suggestions for the practicing farmer. Henderson was a crusty, enjoyable person well worthy of spending a few hour’s time with.

  • Henderson, George
    The Farming Ladder (1944)

    The story of Henderson’s youth and farming career. Contends that the farmer must also be a sagacious businessperson, personnel manager, etc. Most useful guide to creating a success in any business.

  • Henderson, George
    The Farming Manual: A Guide to Farm Work (1930)

    Henderson shares his lifetime accumulation of efficient farm methods, animal handling, including detailed instructions for newbies involving how to do physical work. Numerous photos and drawings.

  • Hensel, Dr. Julius
    Bread From Stones (originaly published about 1894)

    The book(let) asserts that animal manure is “unclean.” Fertilizing with manures produces less nutritious food. The proper way to farm or garden is by remineralizing with rock dusts.

  • Hills, Lawrence D
    Russian Comfrey (1953)

    The long titles goes “A Hundred Tons an Acre of Stock or Compost for Farm, Garden or Smallholding.” Covers growing, harvest and feeding results feeding comfrey to livestock and for making compost with it. Handsomely illustrated.

  • Hills, Lawrence D
    Comfrey Report: The Story of the World’s Fastest Protein Builder and Herbal Healer (1975)

    Hill’s final statement, information, facts and figures about comfrey.

  • Hopkins, Cyril G.
    The Farm That Won’t Wear Out (1913)

    Originally a series of four magazine articles appearing in The Country Gentleman, and later, responding to popular demand, published as a small book by the author himself. Explains in very few pages the way to achieve a permanent agriculture.

  • Hopkins, Cyril G.
    The Story of the Soil (1910)

    One of the best "made-simple" holistic soil manuals ever written, all wrapped up as a romance about a bright young man with a solid ag-school education going out to buy a farm and falling in love.

  • Hopkins, Donald P.
    Chemicals, Humus and the Soil (1957)

    Chemical fertilizers are effective and positive to the degree that humus remains in the soil; chemical fertilizers cause problems only when they completely or substantively replace farmyard manure. Hopkins takes on the Howardites point by point and demolishes many of their positions.

  • Hopkins, Donald P.
    Chemicals, Humus and the Soil (1957 edition) (1957)

    This later edition contains several new chapters, a new preface and much fresh information about fertilizers and their sensible use.

  • Howard, Louise E.
    The Earth’s Green Carpet (1947)

    A poetic, passionate and concise statement of the beliefs of the Organic Farming movement by the second wife of Sir Albert Howard.

  • Howard, Louise E.
    Sir Albert Howard in India (1953)

    A thorough and scholarly review of Albert and Gabrielle Howard’s scientific career encompassing all the scientific literature and journal articles that would otherwise be virtually unobtainable. Louise Howard was the sister of Gabrielle, and became Howard’s second wife and ardent supporter after the death of Gabrielle.

  • Howard, Sir Albert
    Wad, Yeshwant D.
    The Waste Products Of Agriculture: Their Utilisation As Humus (1931)

    Howard’s most important scientific publication, detailing the nature, practice and significance of Indore composting, especially to Indian agriculture.

  • Howard, Sir Albert
    Farming And Gardening For Health Or Disease (1945)

    Provides a historical perspective on how soil fertility determines human health.

  • Howard, Sir Albert
    An Agricultural Testament (1943)

    Howard wrote this book to create public support for organic farming.

  • Howard, Sir Albert
    Miscellaneous Articles From Organic Gardening Magazine, 1945-47 (1945-47)

    A collection of articles by Sir Albert Howard that were published in early issues of Organic Farming and Gardening Magazine.

  • Howard, Sir Albert
    Albert Howard Papers

    Articles from periodicals by and about Sir Albert Howard. These have been supplied by numerous patrons and friends of the library.

  • Jenks, Jorian
    The Stuff Man’s Made Of: The positive approach to health through nutrition (1959)

    Explains that soil fertility, the nutritional qualities of food and the health of animals and humans are tightly linked.

  • Jenny, Hans
    Factors Of Soil Formation: A System of Quantitative Pedology (1994)

    This scientific text should be studied by anyone seeking a full understanding of soil fertility. It doesn’t use high level maths, however, a well grasped secondary school science education and a touch of geology will go a long way towards making this book fully comprehensible.

  • Jones, Christine
    Jones, Dr. Christine, Publications

    Dr. Jones explains how the main creators of humus are specialized fungi that plants feed sugars and other complexed nutrients. These fungi, in turn, help feed plants both nutrients and moisture.

  • King, F.C.
    The Weed Problem: a new approach (1951)

    With a forward by Lady Howard. Another take on the subject of Cocannouer’s more popular book.

  • King, F.H.
    Farmers of Forty Centuries: or Traditional Agriculture in China, Korea and Japan (1911)

    A famous classic in holistic agricultural literature describing Asian farming around 1910. King was a masterful observer; this is a great travel book.

  • Kolisko, Eugen
    Kolisko, Lili
    Die Landwirtschaft der Zukunft (1939)

    Deutsche Übersetzung von "Agriculture of Tomorrow", verfasst von Lili Kolisko, erschienen in der Schweiz 1953.

  • Kolisko, Eugen
    Kolisko, Lili
    Agriculture of Tomorrow (1939)

    A Steinerian / biodynamic viewpoint on the way agriculture should evolve.

  • Krasil'nikov, N.A.
    Soil Microorganisms and Higher Plants (1958)

    Krasil’nikov found ways to improve plant growth and crop yields with special composts and microbial ferments of the sort that could be produced by the farmer in an old barrel. All these "primitive" solutions are based on a very high-level understanding of soil microbes and how crop species interact with each other via long-lasting soil residues (root exudates), and how plants and microbes interact with each other.

  • Liebig, Justus von
    Chemical Letters, 2nd corrected edition (1844)

    A few years after publication of these Chemical Letters, Liebig presented his full thesis in “Chemistry and its applications to Agriculture and Physiology.”

  • Lievegoed, Bernard
    The Working of the Planets and the Life Processes in Man and Earth (circa 1950)

    Often mentioned Biodynamic lecture given about 1950 by Lievegoed that discusses the planetary forces and their effects on plant growth and compost preparations.

  • Lowdermilk, Walter C.
    Conquest of the Land Through Seven Thousand Years (February, 1948)

    An historical survey of worldwide soil erosion. Many remarkable photos showing the ruins of what were once fertile, productive places that are now desert or semi-desert that can barely support struggling people—the remnants of what once were flourishing civilizations.

  • MacDonald, William
    Dry Farming: Its principles and practice (1909)
  • McDonald, Angus.
    Early American Soil Conservationists (October, 1941)

    A US Government publication surveying efforts taken to improve American agriculture and eliminate soil erosion.

  • Mitchell, Elyne
    Soil And Civilization (1946)

    Mitchell, an Australian, had a strong concern for the threat soil erosion poses to the sustainability of technological society. The small (but deeply significant) book encompasses the whole history of western civilization.

  • Naylor, Justin
    Second Thoughts About Organic Agriculture

    A frequent correspondent of this library, Justin Naylor, has written a short and worthy article that appeared in Acres, USA about the organic/chemical controversy, using Donald Hopkin’s book as a springboard.

  • Oliver, George Sheffield
    Friend Earthworm: Practical Application of a Lifetime Study of Habits of the Most Important Animal in the World (1941)

    All about the earthworm. A classic of organic literature.

  • Organic Food: The Case For
    Organic Food, The case for . . .

    A collection of articles, bibliographies and miscellany compiled by Arun Shrivastava.

  • Parnes, Robert
    Soil Fertility: A Guide to Organic and Inorganic Soil Amendments

    This valuable book went out of print years ago. It was revised and updated in 2013 and republished on the internet by the author.

  • Pfeiffer, Ehrenfried
    Soil Fertility, Renewal and Preservation (1947)

    Seminal book in the Bio-dynamic farming movement that tells of replicated studies on the effects of BD practices on health and yields. Introduction by Eve Balfour.

  • Pieters, Adrian J., Ph.D.
    Green Manuring Principles and Practice (1927)

    A thorough review of green manuring and its contribution to the maintenance of soil fertility and the improvement of agricultural productivity. Contains photographs of great historical interest.

  • Rayner, M.C.
    Trees and Toadstools (1945)

    A foundation work of the Organic Farming and Gardening movement. It discusses the relationships between tree roots and fungi. Rayner’s work formed the basis of the organicist contention that supporting a complete and healthy population of soil microlife is essential to plant health.

  • Rodale, J.I.
    The Organic Front (1948)

    The organic gardening and farming movement arrived in the United States in the early 1940s. J.I. Rodale was the prime mover. Within a few years tens of thousands were swept up by Rodale’s evangelical enthusiasm. Most of this book probably consisted of articles in early issues of Organic Gardening Magazine.

  • Rodale, J.I.
    PayDirt: Farming and Gardening With Composts (1946)

    A collection of pro-humus-farming and gardening odds and ends, mostly from early Organic Gardening Magazines.

  • Rodale, J.I.
    Sir Albert Howard –In Memoriam (1947)

    When Sir Albert Howard passed away in 1948 Organic Gardening and Farming Magazine ran a memorial edition that contained a collection of tributes by important figures in the organic movement.

  • Schupan, Werner
    Nutritional Value of Crops as Influenced by Organic and Inorganic Fertilizer Treatments: Results of 12 years’ of experiments with vegetables. (a journal article issued circa 1973)

    Article’s content is as the full title states. May be the first significant study of the quality differences between organically grown and "conventional" foodstuffs.

  • Koepf, H. H.
    Petterson, B.D.
    Shaumann, W.
    Bio-Dynamic Agriculture: An Introduction (1976)

    A complete introduction to the history, philosophy, techniques, and benefits of the Bio-Dynamic school of farming and gardening.

  • Smith, J. Russell
    Tree Crops: a permanent agriculture (1929)

    A list of the most important books ever written about sustainable agriculture (and human health) would include Tree Crops, as well as the books by Sir Albert Howard, the publications of William Albrecht and Price’s Nutrition and Physical Degeneration.

  • Stapledon, Sir George
    Human Ecology: 2nd Edition (1971)

    This book presents Stapledon’s views on how humankind should live in relation to the earth and the soil. Although written over forty years ago the challenges of that time have become more acute in the years since.

  • Stapledon, Sir R.George
    The Way of the Land (1943. Revised edition 1947)

    Stapledon’s lectures and short essays mainly in response to the stress WWII placed on feeding the population.

  • Stapledon, Sir R.George and William Davies
    Ley Farming (1948. Revised edition)

    A thorough look at the use, establishment and management of grass leys, in the tradition of Robert Elliot.

  • Strong, Richard
    Soil Health Based on Organic Matter (circa 2006)

    Richard Strong considers climatic and land-use factors in determining organic matter levels in soil and the consequent health of the ecosystems supported on those soils.

  • Sullivan, Preston
    Sustainable Soil Management: Soil System Guide

    An introduction to soil science and soil management for holistic food growers.

  • Sykes, Friend
    Humus and the Farmer (1946)

    Sykes farmed organically; the health and quality of his livestock was extraordinary. The book contains much information about mechanized production of compost on the farm.

  • Thomas, Chan
    The Adam and Eve Story (1965)

    This title counterpoints Hamaker’s Survival of Civilization. An imaginative fascinating account of a natural catastrophe that nearly wipes all life off the face of our planet about once every six thousand years.

  • Thomas, Chan
    Postlude to the Adam and Eve Story (1971)

    Thirty some additional pages published a few years later. The document was donated by a library patron.

  • Thun, Maria
    Work on the Land and the Constellations (1979)

    Some of Maria Thun’s research that is not found in her annual biodynamic sowing calendars. Included are explanations of astrological events and planting strategies.

  • Tiedjens, Victor A.
    More Food From Soil Science: The Natural Chemistry of Lime in Agriculture (1965)

    How spreading aglime in far larger amounts than conventional ag science calls for greatly reduces the need for fertilizer and grows crops with much higher nutrient-density.

  • Tiedjens, Victor A.
    Olena Farm, U.S.A.: An Agricultural Success Story (1969)

    This is the story of how Tiedjens purchased an exhausted Ohio farm and proceeded to rehabilitate it, mostly with aglime.

  • Tiedjens, Victor A.
    Does a soil acidity test as used in soil testing laboratories determine our calcium need in Ohio soil? (July, 1965)

    Many soils in the United States and Canada show a paucity of available calcium even though the pH reading seems satisfactory. A high pH does not necessarily indicate adequate calcium in the soil.

  • Tiedjens, Victor A. and L.G. Schermerhorn
    Available calcium a factor in salt balance for vegetable crops (1936)

    Observations made on vegetable farms in New Jersey located on sandy soils, show that pH is not always a reliable indicator of the available calcium and that many of those sandy soils which have pH values of 6.0 to 6.6, where large applications of soda and potash have been made, may be very deficient in calcium and magnesium.

  • Timiryazev, Kliment
    The Life of the Plant (1958)

    Offers a uniquely Russian, holistic viewpoint on plants that seeks wisdom through observation of the obvious.

  • Trow-Smith, Robert
    English Husbandry: From the Earliest Times to the Present Day (1951)

    A concise history of English agriculture. The easy-reading narrative tells what Trow-Smith considers the general progress of English farming with attention paid to social/economic conditions from the time of pre-history.

  • Turner, Newman
    Fertility Farming (1951)

    Turner’s first book, a less thorough treatment of the materials developed more fully in Fertility Pastures and Herdsmanship.

  • Turner, Newman
    Fertility Pastures: Herbal leys as the basis of soil fertility and animal health (1955)

    Turner used Robert Elliot’s system and writes passionately about the superiority of the organic method.

  • Turner, Newman
    Herdsmanship (1952)

    The art of handling diary cattle, with a full battery of natural remedies and a discussion of proper feeding, handling TB positive animals and curing hoof and mouth disease without mass slaughter.

  • Voisin, André
    Grass Tetany (1963)

    Understanding how soil imbalances produce this livestock disease illuminates aspects of how human health depends upon nutritional balances.

  • Voisin, André
    Soil, Grass and Cancer (1959)

    Health of animals and men is linked to the mineral balance of the soil.

  • Weaver, Don
    To Love And Regenerate The Earth: Further Perspectives On The Survival of Civilization (2002)

    This book offers potentially world-transforming information, ideas, and insights on the social, ecological and climatic problems now threatening the future of humanity.

  • Weaver, John E.
    Root Development of Field Crops (1926)

    Chapter I provides what may be the best basic soil’s manual ever written; Chapter III shows how to grow plants with an awareness of their root activities. Also of particular interest are Weaver’s frequent mentions of Albert Howard’s researches in India.

  • Weaver, John E. and William Bruner
    Root Development of Vegetable Crops (1927)

    The classic study, filled with species-by-species illustrations, each worth tens of thousands of words to someone who wants to grow vegetables better.

  • White, William N.
    Gardening In The South: etc (long title) (1857)

    Long book and quite useful still.

  • Whorton, James
    Before Silent Spring: Pesticides and Public Health in Pre-DDT America (1974)

    If you think the current batch of pesticides are dangerous and harmful, read about what was used before WWII. This book helps put the pesticide issue into perspective.

  • Widtsoe, John A.
    Dry Farming (1911)

    American prairie farmers ignored Widtsoe’s warnings, making the 1930s dust bowls inevitable. Provides insights that help grow vegetables with less or no irrigation.

  • Wigens, Anthony
    The Clandestine Farm (1980)

    How to garden without owning land. Takes a fresh and inspiring look at land ownership, private property rights and eco-ethics.

  • Yeomans, P.A.
    The Keyline Plan (1954)

    Recommends a unique method of plowing that helps the land soak up all rainfall, opens it to root penetration and greatly accelerates the release of plant nutrients.

  • Yeomans, P.A.
    The Challenge of Landscape (1958)

    An illustration-filled practical farming textbook focused on water conservation, small-scale dam construction and gravity-fed irrigation projects. Especially useful for practicing sustainable rainfall-dependent farming.

  • Yeomans, P.A.
    The City Forest: The Keyline Plan for the Human Environment Revolution (1971)

    This is a tiny book of barely 100 small pages having as much or more to do with city planning and landscape architecture on a macro-scale as it does with farming.

  • Young, Gregg A.
    A Training Manual For Soil Analysis Interpretation in Northern California (1999)

    Thoroughly explains why the base cations (calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium) should be balanced. It explains how to interpret ammonium acetate extractions and how to grow great fruit, especially grapes.

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