Illustrations by Brooke Budner.
Farmer Gene Logsdon provides the inside story of manure—our greatest, yet most misunderstood, natural resource. He begins by lamenting a modern society that not only throws away both animal and human manure—worth billions of dollars in fertilizer value—but that spends a staggering amount of money to do so. This wastefulness makes even less sense as the supply of mined or chemically synthesized fertilizers dwindles and their cost skyrockets. In fact, he argues, if we do not learn how to turn our manures into fertilizer to keep food production in line with increasing population, our civilization, like so many that went before it, will inevitably decline. With his trademark humour and years of experience both writing and farming, Logsdon artfully describes how to manage all kinds of manure to make fertilizer and humus.
Gene Logsdon farms in Ohio and is one of the clearest and most original voices of rural America. He has published more than two dozen books including Small-Scale Grain Raising, Living at Nature's Pace, Good Spirits, and The Contrary Farmer.