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"You know what the best kind of organic certification would be?  Make an unannounced visit to a farm and take a good long look at the farmer's bookshelf.  Because what you're feeding your emotions and thoughts is what this is really all about.  The way I produce a chicken is an extension of my worldview.  You can learn more about that by seeing what's sitting on my bookshelf than having me fill out a whole bunch of forms."  -Joel Salatin

Here is a sampling of the books on the Ollin Farms' bookshelf:

Section One - The Seed

Books for Eaters, Thinkers, and Cooks

The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

by Michael Pollan


Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

by Barbara Kingslover


Nourishing Traditions

The Cookbook That Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats

by Sally Fallon


Hope's Edge: The Next Diet for a Small Planet

by Francis Moore Lappé &  Anna Lappé



Farmer John's Cookbook: The Real Dirt on Vegetables

by John Peterson


The Unsettling of America: Culture & Agriculture

by Wendell Berry


Section Two - The Plant

Books for Beginning Farmers


Eco-Farm, An Acres U.S.A. Primer

The definitive guide to managing farm and ranch soil fertility, crops, fertilizers, weeds and insects while avoiding dangerous chemicals.

By Charles Walters

You Can Farm

The Entrepreneur's Guide to Start & Succeed in a Farming Enterprise

by Joel Salatin

The Winter Harvest Handbook

Year Round Vegetable Production Using Deep Organic Techniques and Unheated Greenhouses

by Eliot Coleman

The Organic Farmer's Business Handbook

 A Complete Guide to Managing Finances, Crops, and Staff-and Making a Profit

by Richard Wiswall

The Sheer Ecstasy of Being A Lunatic Farmer

by Joel Salatin

A Biodynamic Farm for Growing Wholesome Food

by Hugh Lovel


Section Three - The Fruit

Books from the Nutrient Dense Farming Movement


The Ideal Soil: A Handbook for the New Agriculture

by Michael Astera

Science In Agriculture

by Arden B. Andersen, Ph.D.


Hands-On Agronomy

by Neal Kinsey & Charles Walters



Rediscovering Nature's Secret Force of Growth

by Phillip Callahan

Advancing Biological Farming

by Gary Zimmer

Teaming with Microbes

The Organic Gardener's Guide to the Soil Food Web, Revised Edition

by Jeff Lowenfels



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