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What I know of farming:

a series of brief and plain expositions of practical agriculture as an art based upon science

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Author: Horace Greeley
Published: 1871
Language: English
Wordcount: 88,689 / 266 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 62.7
LoC Category: S
Downloads: 899
Added to site: 2011.10.13 30885
Genre: Instructional

A practical view on the aspect of living your life as a farmer.

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over the farm of the late Prof. Mapes, he showed me a field of rather less than ten acres, and said, "I bought that field for $2,400, a year ago last September. There was then a light crop of corn on it, which the seller reserved and took away. I underdrained the field that Fall, plowed and sub-soiled it, fertilized it liberally, and planted it with cabbage; and, when these matured, I sold them for enough to pay for land, labor, and fertilizers, altogether." The field was now worth far more than when he bought it, and he had cleared it within fifteen months from the date of its purchase. I consider that a good operation. Another year, the crop might have been poor, or might have sold much lower, so as hardly to pay for the labor; but there are risks in other pursuits as well as in farming.

A fruit-farmer, on the Hudson above Newburg, showed me, three years since, a field of eight or ten acres which he had nicely set with Grapes, in rows ten feet apart, with beds of Strawberries between the rows, from



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