Reading list

One of the questions I keep getting asked is ‘What inspired me to take up farming?’. I think the biggest influence has been a lot of reading about the destruction caused by the intensive way of growing food and other aspects of our daily lives. This has definitely raised my consciousness and caused me to move to rural Tamil Nadu to practice natural farming and a simpler way of life.

Natural Farming and Permaculture

  • Natural Way of Farming – Masanobu Fukuoka
  • One Straw Revolution – Masanobu Fukuoka
  • The Vision of Natural Farming – Bharat Mansata
  • Regenerating Soil : From agronomy to agronomy – Claude Borguignon-Farsetto
  • A Designer’s Manual – Bill Morrison

Civilization and Society

  • Limits to Growth – Donella Meadows
  • The Sixth Extinction – Elizabeth Kolbert
  • Sapiens – Yuval Noah Harari
  • Homo Deus – Yuvah Noah Harari
  • Guns Germs & Steel – Jared Diamond
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything – Bill Bryson
  • After the Grain : A Deep History of the Early States – James Scott
  • The Story of More : How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go from Here – Hope Jahren

Dystopia

  • Animal Farm – George Orwell
  • 1984 – George Orwell
  • Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

Stories

  • The Secret Life of Plants – Peter Tomkins and Christopher Bird
  • The Hidden Life of Trees – Peter Wohlleben
  • My Husband and Other Animals
  • Moong Over Microchips – Venkat Iyer
  • How I Became a Farmer’s Wife – Yashodhara Lal
  • Everyone loves a good Drought – P. Sainath
  • Nine Rupees an Hour

Blogs, Opinions and News Articles