Ten Acres Enough: A Practical Experience

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Applewood Books, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 260 pages
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Ten years after Henry David Thoreau learned how to be a poor farmer, Edmund Morris learned how to be a good one. Ten Acres Enough is the personal story of how Morris quit the publishing business and achieved happiness and prosperity by farming ten acres of fruits and berries. Rather than glorifying poverty and isolation, Ten Acres Enough shows farming as the path to financial security, while still providing all the benefits of country life-provided that the farmer understands that the key lies in producing crops of the highest possible quality, while living within striking distance of a major market. Five Acres Enough has left its mark on generations of back-to-the-land farmers. Its influence on both the title and the contents of M. G. Kains' classic Five Acres and Independence (1935) is obvious. And it is benefiting readers today, whether as a piece of Americana or as a source of small-farm ideas and inspiration. Through nearly 150 years old, Ten Acres Enough remains a fascinating book. However, the passage of time is making the original edition increasingly inaccessible due to its archaic vocabulary and style. This "Revived Edition" has been copy-edited to restore its clarity.
 

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Ten Acres Enough: The Classic 1864 Guide to Independent Farming

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Morris's 1867 treatise on farming details how he started a small but prosperous farm in New Jersey after abandoning his Philadelphia business life. Morris asserts that it's not how much you grow but what and how you do it that matters. Read full review

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The Google author biography below incorrectly identifies the author as the same for The Rise of TR, when in fact - the actual author, also named Edmund Morris, published Ten Acres Enough in 1864. Morris has been attributed with setting the style and genre of back-to-the-land writing for which generations of urban and suburban people have been inspired to engage in self-sufficient living. See Dona Brown's Back to the Land (2011) for literary review of this genre which dates back to books and articles written after the economic crash of 1837.  

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Edmund Morris is the author of The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt (Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award, 1980), Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan (1999), and Theodore Rex (Los Angeles Times Book Prize, 2002). A pianist and private scholar of music, he has been studying Beethoven for a half century.

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