Dry Farming

Widtsoe, John A.

Original publication date: 1911
Original publisher: New York: MacMillan
Publication status: Public domain

Between the paragraphs of this book one can see how farmer’s lack of ethics and greed led them to ignore Widtsoe’s warnings, making the Great Plains dust bowls inevitable. I also achieved insights while reading this book to complete my own book Gardening Without Irrigation. There are lots of clues for someone seeking to reduce their dependence on the water pump and grow their own food strictly on natural rainfall. This rendition is somewhat abridged: the original had many unnecessary (decorative) illustrations and a few too many tables containing evidence to support Widtsoe’s contentions that today seem unnecessary.


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