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- December 18, 2015 at 5:57 pm #86800Stephen LeslieParticipant
I want to let everyone on the DAPnet forum know about my new book: HORSE-POWERED FARMING FOR THE 21ST CENTURY from Chelsea Green Publishing
Where my first book was a general primer to farming with horses, this book focuses on new horse-drawn equipment for market gardening and farming. It contains dozens of farm profiles in which farmers explain how they use the equipment on their farms. Also shows many adaptions of older equipment and home-built options. It has two chapters featuring new implements from Europe. I hope this book will prove to be a valuable resource for the growing draft horse community (oxen, mules, and donkeys, too!)
With contributions from more than 60 contemporary draft-animal-powered farmers and equipment manufacturers (many of the contributors are DAPnet members).
Now is a time of exciting new developments for live animal power. As the numbers of adherents to this way of life grow, ecologically minded farmers in their fields are developing efficient horse-drawn systems, and equipment manufacturers in small shops all across North America and Europe are coming forth with new innovations in ground-drive technology that have us poised on the cusp of another agricultural revolution—with working horses, mules, donkeys, and oxen at the heart of it.
Stephen Leslie’s first book, The New Horse-Powered Farm, presented an overview of the many facets of running a small, diversified farm with live horse power. Horse-Powered Farming for the 21st Century is focused entirely on the tools and methods required to successfully manage the horse-powered market garden with draft animal power. However, this is not a step-by-step how-to guide outlining one single system, but rather a manual that presents a range of options and approaches. Leslie examines the function and use of all the implements typically employed on a contemporary draft-animal-powered market garden and illustrates these points with insightful reports from the field, farm profiles, and home-built solutions contributed by over sixty draft animal-powered farmers from across North America and Europe.
Each teamster’s story represents a patch in a quilt that is woven together with a narrative thread to guide the reader through the whole fabric of the growing season, from soil preparation to harvest. The book structure follows the seasonal progression of implements, beginning with several examples of contemporary draft-animal-powered produce farms; next an examination of the versatile utility of forecarts; then taking an in-depth look at fertility management on the farm; moving on through primary and secondary tillage, seeding and transplanting; then on to the multifold options for cultivators, tool carriers, and multipurpose implements, with technical harnessing and hitching details for the best use of the implements. For experienced teamsters and beginning market growers farming with horses, this is an invaluable and one-of-a-kind guide, sure to last forever in the agricultural canon.
– See more at: http://www.chelseagreen.com/horse-powered-farming-for-the-21st-century#sthash.gRj1vv1h.dpufDecember 18, 2015 at 10:15 pm #86802Mike RockParticipant
I pre-ordered and anxiously await the mailman bringing it.
Merry Christmas to you and yours.
Mike RockDecember 23, 2015 at 7:42 pm #86870Mike RockParticipant
Just opened the hardcover version of the book. Looks like another HomeRun!
Have a Merry CHRISTmas.
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