Thursday, January 5, 2012

*BOOK REVIEW* The Joy of Hobby Farming

2 out of 5 stars

This is an awful read. As a matter of fact, I will probably resale this book to re-coop some of my money. I would have gave it 1 star, but there was some decent vegetable and flower gardening tips. This book is a hard read, starting out with the very basics. VERY basic, I might add. I was expecting them to tell me to insert keys into tractor ignition and turn key to start the tractor.

I had hoped from the title that I would be reading about a couple’s adventure on their farm and stories of lessons learned throughout their years. All I took from the first third of the book was a bunch of warnings and how tough it is to farm. No joy was added in the first third. The second third had vegetable and flower gardening ideas and tips. Most were very elementary, but there were a few ideas I had never heard of. Still a difficult read at this point. The last third was dedicated to telling you why you should NOT own each individual farm animal and why they should all be adopted and spayed/neutered animals if you do.
Most of the ideas and pictures that I found interesting, were neither their idea or from their farm, but instead were from other farms throughout the country. If only these other people had written the book, it might have been a joy. The title should read: The Awful Act of Buying a Hobby Farm and Actually Having to tend to it.

Now that I think about it, I think 1.5 stars is more than it deserves. Don’t waste your money or time, unless you want to give it to some city slicker to keep them out of the rural lifestyle. Awful.


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  2. I just read this and I agree completely with your review.