I’m sitting in Grandpa’s red velvet chair in our living room.  The coffee is hot. The animals are content, and I have come home. . . again.  Top 10 Farm Books

Last night, we were up quite late as we moved all the animals from the old farm to this one.  (Check out our farm blog for more on that escapade.) But now we are all here, all our earthly possessions helter skelter about the house, no shower curtain yet, and I am blissful.

Sometimes, your life reminds you that you’ve somehow, someway gotten it mostly right.  This is one of those mornings.

So I’m thoughtful about farming and the way it brings me to myself. This practice of getting up when the rooster begins, no matter how late the evening, of having to tote food and water to creatures, of diving onto my knees to catch a baby goat brings me out of my head a bit, grounds me in a very powerful way to the earth.  This is a healthy thing, and deeply so.

Thus, I spent some time this morning making a list of memoirs, cookbooks, and other farm-related things that I’m excited to read.  I cannot tell you much about them beyond the descriptions I’ve read, but the titles and those few words intrigue me.  Here, then, are 10 farm books I’m eager to get my hands on:

1. Chickens in the Road: An Adventure in Ordinary Splendor by Suzanne McMinn

2. Soil and Sacrament: A Spiritual Memoir of Food and Faith by Fred Bahnson

3. Once Upon a Flock: Life with My Soulful Chickens by Lauren Scheuer

4. 5 Acres & A Dream The Book: The Challenges of Establishing a Self-Sufficient Homestead by Leigh Tate

5. Hit by a Farm: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Barn by Catherine Friend

6. 500 Acres and No Place to Hide: More Confessions of a Counterfeit Farm Girl by Susan McCorkindale

7. Adventures in Yarn Farming: Four Seasons on a New England Fiber Farm by Barbara Parry

8. Homegrown and Handmade: A Practical Guide to More Self-Reliant Living by Deborah Niemann

9. Rurally Screwed: My Life Off the Grid with the Cowboy I Love by Jessie Knadler

10. My Gentle Barn: Creating a Sanctuary Where Animals Heal and Children Learn to Hope by Ellie Laks

Have you read any of these titles?  Which do you recommend? Any other farm books – memoirs, cookbooks, how-tos – that you think I should really pick up?