Aquinas's Commentary On The Metaphysics

#137- Ten Acres Enough: The Classic 1864 Guide to Independent Farming Part 1

This week Scott and Karl begin their discussion of Edmund Morris’s Ten Acres Enough: The Classic 1864 Guide to Independent Farming. 

The book chronicles Morris leaving the Philadelphia business world in the early 1800s and buying a small farm in the New Jersey countryside. Karl says, “It’s a back-to-the-land book for 1864.”

Scott later adds, “These back-to-the-land movements certainly do seem to come in cycles, but they never really go away… There is always a large number of people who want to provide for themselves in a less abstract way.”

Ten Acres Enough is perfect for any would-be owners of small farms, and anyone drawn to the idea of an agrarian lifestyle.

Both Scott and Karl have personal and practical contributions to make to the discussion— be sure to tune in next week for Part Two. Brought to you by


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  1. Douglas K Himes

    A similar book, which I much enjoyed, is The Quest of the Simple Life by William James Dawson.

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