Gold in the Grass: Rags to Riches Through Soil Reclamation and Sustainable Farming. A Back-to-the-Land Adventure From 1954

Overview

As World War II was ending, Alfred Leatherbarrow, a

wounded Canadian veteran, and his nurse, Margaret, fell in

love, married, bought their dream farm—and discovered

that their crops would not grow. The ...

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Overview

As World War II was ending, Alfred Leatherbarrow, a

wounded Canadian veteran, and his nurse, Margaret, fell in

love, married, bought their dream farm—and discovered

that their crops would not grow. The farm’s soil had been exhausted

through years of destructive tillage practices.

Faced with certain defeat, they used innovative farming

techniques—including a prototype forage harvester to gather

grass for silage—to restore the fertility of their farm. This

early experiment in sustainable agriculture not only saved

the farm in a rags-to-riches turnaround, but showed other

farmers in their region how to pull out of the death spiral of

decreasing fertility, yields, and income.

Gold in the Grass is a love story, a back-to-the-land adventure,

and an inspirational example of how conservation

tillage can restore the fertility of a used-up farm. This is a

great book, and has spent far too many of its fifty years out

of print.

Gold in the Grass is an example of the Norton Creek

Press motto: “Most of the best books are out of print and

forgotten, but we can fix that!” Check out our offerings on

http://www.nortoncreekpress.com.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780972177054
  • Publisher: Norton Creek Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.52 (d)

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