Thursday, January 15, 2015

Winter Reading

It's fairly commonplace to save up a book list in order to spend the relaxing days of summer completely absorbed in the most amazing stories shared by favorite authors.  You know, a summer reading list.  If you are in agriculture you are very aware that this reality does not exist for our kind.  There happens to be zero time for that sort of leisure during the growing season.  So, us farmer folk reserve our good reads for the long dark evenings of winter, a winter reading list.  Once the chores are complete, the baby is in bed, and the tea has been steeped, there aren't many things better than curling up next to your sweetie and reading a good book.  Books are AWESOME, and sometimes get pushed to the wayside by the more flashy storyteller - the TV.  So this is a little plea to urge you, whom continue to procrastinate getting past the first 50 pages of that beautiful novel, to pick up that collection of words and let them open your mind.  Reading a book is like a workout routine, only for your brain.  It has numerous benefits for your intellect, memory retention, understanding of differing cultures, stress level management, awareness of alternative realities, and the depth in which you interact with those around you.  So do society a favor, stick it to the man, and read a book!

Here's what the Caughlin family has been reading this winter, and hopefully this list can inspire your hungry bibliophile within.


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  1. The New Cidermaker's Handbook by Claude Jolicouer
  2. Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties by Carol Deppe
  3. Spirit: Garden Inspiration by Dan Pearson
  4. The Organic Farmer's Business Handbook by Richard Wiswall
  5. The Small Scale Poultry Flock by Harvey Ussery
  6. Centering: In Pottery, Poetry, and the Person by M.C. Richards
  7. Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation by Tradd Cotter
  8. Creating A Forest Garden by Martin Crawford
  9. Storey's Guide to Raising Pigs by Kelly Klober
  10. Growing Fruit Trees by Jean-Marie Lespinasse and Evelyne Leterne
  11. The Holistic Orchard by Michael Phillips
  12. Gaia's Garden by Toby Hemenway
  13. Natural Beekeeping by Ross Conrad
  14. Nectar and Pollen Plants of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest by D.M. Burgett, D.A. Stringer, and L.D. Johnson


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  1. If You Give A Pig A Pancake by Laura Numeroff
  2. When We Were Very Young by A.A. Milne
  3. The Napping House by Audrey Wood
  4. Babar: Inquiet Pour Cornelius by Jean de Brunhoff
  5. Dinosaurumpus by Tony Mitton
  6. Goodnight Moon by Margret Wise Brown
  7. Chimps Don't Wear Glasses by Laura Numeroff
  8. Flip, Flap, Fly by Phyllis Root
  9. Little Blue Truck by Alice Shertle

Don't forget the Seed/Nursery Catalogues!

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  1. Adaptive Seeds
  2. Siskiyou Seeds
  3. Territorial Seed Company
  4. Thyme Garden Herb Company
  5. Murray McMurray Hatchery
  6. Johnny's Selected Seeds
  7. FEDCO
  8. Seed Savers Exchange
  9. Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds