Books - History Articles




A Sand County Almanac


This book explores American landscapes. It is a stunning and classic tribute to our land, and a challenge to protect the world we love.

Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table


Will Allen is no ordinary farmer. A former basketball star, he's as tall as his truck, and he can hold a cabbage - or a basketball - in one hand. But what is most special about Farmer Will is that he can see what others can't see. When he looked at an abandoned city lot he saw a huge table, big enough to feed the whole world.

Farms Long Ago


Provides a history of farming including a description of how farm buildings were, what farm tools were used, how farmers would get water, how crops were planted and picked, what farm animals were used and raised, and how farmers survived harsh years.

Tomatoes, Potatoes, Corn & Beans


This excellent book describes how foods from North and South America changed eating around the world. It focuses on corn, beans, peppers, peanuts, potatoes, tomatoes, and chocolate but also includes other foods that originated in the Americas. Can you imagine Italian food without the tomato? Indian curries without the pepper? German or Irish food without the potato? Corn is now the most widely grown grain in the world. This book details the history of those transitions and is illustrated with historic artwork and modern photos. For anyone wishing to understand the real gold found in America, this book is an essential read.

A Farm Through Time


This text presents the history of a farm from medieval times to the present day. It aims to provide and insight into how ancestors lived, and how farming has changed the landscape over the centuries. Half-page flaps reveal inside farm buildings.

A Picture Book of George Washington Carver


Biography of the African American scientist who overcame hardship to make important discoveries in the field of agriculture.

A Pocketful of Goobers: A Story About George Washington Carver


A Pocketful of Goobers teaches about the scientific efforts of George Washington Carver. Learn about his life and about his production of more than 300 uses for the peanut.

A Weed is a Flower


A depiction of the life of George Washington Carver, showing his love and affinity for plants (including weeds).

Century Farm


A look at a Wisconsin dairy farm owned by the same family for four generations. The current owner tells the story and weaves family history into the descriptions of early day operations. While the author details the many changes that have taken place in the past century, readers are also reminded that many things remain the same.

Change in Agriculture


American agriculture changed radically between 1820 and 1870. In turning slowly from subsistence to commercial farming, farmers on the average doubled the portion of their production places on the market, and thereby laid the foundations for today’s highly productive agricultural industry. But the modern system was by no means inevitable. It evolved slowly through an intricate process in which innovative and imitative entrepreneurs were the key instruments.