Joined: Nov 26, 2010
Location: Puget Sound
Ran across this book "tree Crops: A Permanent Agriculture" by J Russel Smith. It was originally published in 1929. They sell on copyrighted in 1953 at Amazon for about 56 bucks. I was just about to buy it, when I found it in a PDF format for free.
The book advocates no till with tree crops on the slopes and pasture on the flat spots. It talks to the dust bowl days and laments on the huge erosion problem in the US. He lists specific trees and their uses. Does anyone know if you can put PDF docs on a Kindle? This could be my excuse to get one.
Joined: Oct 18, 2011
I love this book! The quality on the kindle is not great though. It was a more enjoyable read to have it on the computer. I have Acrobat Pro so I ran it through the OCR and can search the text and have set up bookmarks and so on.
My project thread Agriculture collects solar energy two-dimensionally; but silviculture collects it three dimensionally.
Joined: Sep 29, 2009
Location: Northern Zone, Costa Rica - 200 to 300 meters Tropical Humid Rainforest
Looks pretty good on my Kindle DX - not great but definitely usable. And it appears to be very interesting.
There is a faster download of that book, as well as many other interesting books on that site. However, the scan of the book on that site, while being quite legible, is two pages at a time, so not suitable for kindle unless you run it through a program to split out the pages. That could probably be done with http://sourceforge.net/projects/briss/.
Except the one from Soil and Health is a password protected PDF. There is a way around that I could dig up if anyone sees cleaning up their PDF to be worth the effort, or maybe they could divulge the password.
Joined: Oct 18, 2011
I found that password protected one too. Kind of a drag. The photo were much better tho.
Joined: Dec 14, 2011
Location: Zone 9a/8b
Funny thing: I just found that book at my local library this weekend. I've read about a third of the way through. Some excellent thoughts in there, though it's sad to see how the man had made such excellent recommendations on moving towards tree rather than annual crops... and we're still nowhere near that paradigm.
I would love a copy for myself. Wonder if the library will sell it to me...
Hmm... I used the ghostscript decrypt method. Most of the text, with the exception of picture captions, is real, selectable text even. Which means that it might even be reflowable by some ebook readers.