All Flesh Is Grass – A Book Review

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Continuing with my journey into grass farming I decided to try out one of Gene Logsdon’s books, and started with the one that seemed to have the most fitting title for what I’m studying. For those who don’t know Gene Logsdon, he has written over twenty books on farming and rural life. Perhaps he’s mot well known for his book “The Contrary Farmer” which is awaiting reading now on my bookshelf. He’s spent most of his life living on farms in Ohio and now has settled into pasture farming to which he dedicates most of his writings towards. “All Flesh Is Grass: The Pleasures and Promises of Pasture Farming” is a great introduction book to grass farming. The book is easy to understand and Logsdon peppers it with his unique sense of humor that perhaps can only grow from a lifetime of farming.

What’s in the Book?

The book is sectioned into 22 chapters that span 245 pages. It starts with an introduction of what pasture farming is and includes a brief summary of the history, and how it has evolved. Gene talks about how he made the transition into pasture farming and discusses the difference between commercial grass farms and smaller acreage farms to which he refers to as “Pasture Gardens.” From here Gene goes into detail about the key things pasture farmers need to consider. 15 pages are dedicated to covering the various type of fencing available and which type he prefers and why. From there Gene covers the next most important thing aside from fencing which is – water. After fencing and water he goes into all of the different type of livestock one can use on pasture and his experience with each one – its seems Gene has tried them all. He covers every animal from Horses, mules, donkeys, and sheep, to cows, goats, pigs, and chickens. After animals gene dedicates the next nine chapters (about half the book) to talking about the various types of grasses starting with the most common like Bluegrass, Ryegrass, and White Clover, and takes the reader into the world of legumes and more obscure grasses. He even dedicates a chapter for weeds and one for trees.

Final Thoughts of a Wannabe Farmer

The things I found most valuable in this book were the chapters on grasses. Up to this point I haven’t read anything that goes into as much detail as Gene does on the various types of grasses. Everything leading up to the grass chapters was valuable and enjoyable, but the pinnacle for me was the grass chapters. I’d recommend this book for anyone interested in grass farming as a hobby, full time job, or is simply interested in understanding more about how grass is turned into flesh. Hint: grass contains sugars and proteins, and grazing animals eat a lot of it.

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