The Contrary Farmer
Gene Logsdon Memorial Blogsite
February 13, 2017
I am presently reading Gene’s final book and, as always, am charmed by his wisdom and humor. Gene had a significant influence on how I presently live my life. If you are interested, I offer my newly crafted blog: aplacecalledmerrymount.blogspot.com. Be well, enjoy life. CPW
Loving Gene’s style of writing and his humor, I look forward to reading his latest (and sadly final) book. Rest in peace & know your voice and wonderful observations live on.
Amen !! A great man .Wish he could have lived a couple more decades.We really need and miss him.
I got my copy in the mail yesterday. Looking forward to a visit with an old friend via books. The sanity of Gene’s writing is more welcome now than ever.
Thanks for letting us know but little bit of information about the book wouldn’t have gone amiss!
For those interested, the book can be bought from Amazon.com here.
You can take a LOOK INSIDE the book and read some of the pages. It has 25 chapters, and judging from the chapter titles, this looks like the book is going to be a very interesting read!.
Here’s a couple of reviews that give an overview of the book:
If Logsdon (1932-2016) had his way, the term contrary farmer would have been every bit as familiar as country farmer. A learned proponent of ‘stay in and stay small’ garden farming, Logsdon’s outspoken outlook was completely in opposition to the practices and philosophies of corporate agribusiness. Instead of encouraging farmers to ‘go big or get out’ by adding more property, more machinery, and more debt, Logsdon championed the idea of working on a more personal scale that allows farmers to appreciate nature and honor tradition while still accepting technology and innovation. In this posthumously published book of essays, Logsdon extols the virtues of finding a good mate, praises the pluck and professionalism of women farmers, and enthuses about the health benefits of a day in the barn. Along with other hard-earned advice about hauling livestock, pasturing chickens, and controlling weeds, Logsdon’s lifetime of farming wisdom is firmly lodged in common sense. Sagacious and sly, practical and poetic, Logsdon’s voice may have been contrarian but it was never condescending.”
Late Ohioan farmer Logsdon (Gene Everlasting: A Contrary Farmer’s Thoughts on Living Forever) sends a meaningful (though poorly titled) message to up-and-coming homestead farmers. Written during the late stages of an illness that would take the author’s life in 2016, the book stands as his final assertion and rallying cry against the misguided notion, so prevalent at one time, that farmers needed to ‘get big or get out.’ The book isn’t written in the intimate style of a personal missive as the title suggests; it’s more of an essay collection squarely addressing topics such as small-scale economics, pasture farming, raising sheep, and the ‘modern plowgirl,’ with practical-minded advice throughout. This work serves as a guiding light and lodestar for farmers facing the modern challenges of any farming operation, large or small.”
Hope that helps.
I look forward to another thoughtful book from the contrary farmer. I miss his blog .
Gene’s new book just arrived a half hour ago. So happy to have it. Quite bittersweet to think it is his last.
I have really enjoyed Gene’s thoughts, columns, blogs, and books over the years.
Miss you, cousin.
I’ve been looking forward to reading it every since he told me about the book in this blog.He sure left a huge hole in agriculture. Hope Carol and family and friends and DS are getting along ok.
Thank you for providing something sane to read!
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