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To his legions of readers, Gene Logsdon is best known as the Contrary Farmer. His writings, which blend commonsense advice, curmudgeonly wit, and respect for the earth, are manna to anyone who wants to live, as Logsdon puts it, "at nature's pace."

The Pond Lovers is Logsdon's ode to the watery microcosms all around us, from the half-acre farm pond to the suburban garden pool. Readers looking for hands-on experience will find plenty of pond-keeping dos and don'ts. Logsdon's ...

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To his legions of readers, Gene Logsdon is best known as the Contrary Farmer. His writings, which blend commonsense advice, curmudgeonly wit, and respect for the earth, are manna to anyone who wants to live, as Logsdon puts it, "at nature's pace."

The Pond Lovers is Logsdon's ode to the watery microcosms all around us, from the half-acre farm pond to the suburban garden pool. Readers looking for hands-on experience will find plenty of pond-keeping dos and don'ts. Logsdon's higher purpose, however, is to proclaim the natural, spiritual, and recreational benefits of ponds.

Fed by spring or filled by rainfall, the ponds closest to Logsdon's heart need minimal human interference in the way of machinery or chemicals. Those we read about in The Pond Lovers mostly belong to Logsdon's friends and neighbors, an extraordinarily resourceful group of people. For them, a pond is many things--from a place to fish, swim, or skate to an oasis for local plants, insects, and animals. Each purpose, Logsdon shows us, has its place in a thoughtful, self-sufficient life. Throughout, Logsdon also reminds us of the intense personal connections to ponds of such creative giants as Claude Monet, Andrew Wyeth, and Henry David Thoreau.

Drawn from many and varied lifetimes spent around ponds, The Pond Lovers brims with lessons and opportunities for good work and good play--for backyard naturalists, do-it-yourselfers, and armchair gardeners.

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An Ohio farmer who can take credit for hundreds of magazine articles and more than 20 books on small-scale farming and self-sufficient living (e.g., The Contrary Farmer and At Nature's Pace), Logsdon typically combines philosophy, humor, real-life stories, and practical advice in his writing. He does it again here. Although this is not a how-to-build-a-pond book, it does offer an abundance of ideas and tips for would-be builders of small ponds. As the title suggests, Logsdon focuses on people and their various experiences with and uses of small ponds and pools: for recreation, as a source of plant and animal food for people, as a water reserve for domestic animals, as a habitat for wildlife, for environmental benefits, and even for inspiration. He also writes about specific ponds, including the farm pond of his childhood, the pasture pond that he built and has enjoyed over the years, ponds of family, friends, and acquaintances, and a few ponds and pools described by well-known writers. There is even a fascinating chapter about the pond that appears in the paintings of American artist Andrew Wyeth. Recommended for public libraries.-William H. Wiese, Iowa State Univ. Lib., Ames Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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"In this charming collection, Logsdon explores the beauty and depths of the farm pond, how it can become the center of the universe for the social fabric of a family, providing recreation and a spot for reflection, and how it can become the center of the universe for sustainable agriculture, providing food, solar energy, and waste treatment."--Mary Swander, author of Out of This World

"Although a studious naturalist, Logsdon writes with a breezy simplicity that complements his book’s humor, spicy characters, and unceasing wonder over the innumerable ways in which ponds and the lives bound up with them can inspire us to question ourselves, consider our ethics, and care more deeply for our world. His light but expert touch is frankly refreshing in overturning theories of pond management that don’t work in practice. The Pond Lovers is a disarming book."--Amy Blackmarr, author of Going to Ground: Simple Life on a Georgia Pond

“Logsdon is a great storyteller writing about real people and real issues that involve each of us. The Pond Lovers is a must read for those interested in the sustainability of life on Earth."--Steve Bonney, founder of Sustainable Earth

"With a naturalist’s eye for ecological balance and an old farmer’s practical instinct for how to maintain it, he leads readers on a word-built tour of these ‘biological magnets’ . . . Some passages build images that match the best in nature writing . . . This is an enjoyable book both for those who actually live in pond country, and for anyone who has ever dreamed of going back to the land."--ForeWord Magazine

"Combines philosophy, humor, real-life stories, and practical advice."--Library Journal

“Thinking about putting in a pond? Read this book and you'll be digging in your yard tomorrow. Too hot or cold or rainy to be outside by your pond? Spend some time with Logsdon, and you'll feel like you're right next to your pond. Discouraged about pond keeping? Open the pages of Pond Lovers, and you'll remember when (and why) you first fell in love with your pond."--Karyn Venhuizen, Water Gardening

"Logsdon has a knack for simple, direct storytelling. His prose is clear, more conversational than didactic, and his knowledge of and love for his subject are readily apparent. Consequently, The Pond Lovers will appeal to a wide range of people, from experienced pond managers to novice DIYers about to embark on their first water installations. More than that, this is a book that will appeal to people who want to spend some time with a Renaissance man and his friends, because they know they will come away enriched by the experience. The Pond Lovers will provide this opportunity and much, much more."--Tom Howard, Ohioana Quarterly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780820324692
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2003
  • Pages: 163
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Gene Logsdon farms on thirty-two acres in Upper Sandusky, Ohio, a mile from his boyhood home. He is the author of more than twenty books, including a novel, The Lords of Folly; a cultural study, The Mother of All the Arts; and a discourse of pasture farming, All Flesh Is Grass. Logsdon has also written hundreds of essays for such publications as Utne magazine, Mother Jones, Orion, and Whole Earth Review.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
The Pond at the Center of a Family's Universe 4
A Pasture Pond 16
A Modern Thoreau beside a Modern Walden Pond 37
Andrew Wyeth's Pond 50
The House of Seven Ponds 61
An Amish Bishop's Swimmin' Hole 70
Jandy's Pond 77
A Wild Food Gatherer's Garden Pools 86
Hillside Catchment Ponds 93
Ponds as Sustaining Food Cupboards 103
Ponds and Sustainable Technology 125
Strings of Pearly Pools 139
Shambaugh Pond 154
Appendix 163
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2004

    Very Inspiring!

    Each chapter talks about different ponds and how they came to be. This book really made me appreciate the value of having a pond no matter what size. Can't wait to have one someday! Very educational.

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