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Horse-Powered Farming for the 21st Century


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Stephen Leslie is the author of The New Horse-Powered Farm, published by Chelsea Green in 2013. He began his farming career in 1992 at Hawthorne Valley, a biodynamic farm in upstate New York, where he worked for three years as an apprentice. Since then, in partnership with his wife, Kerry Gawalt, he has made his living farming and gardening with draft horses. Currently, Stephen and Kerry and their daughter, Maeve, own and operate Cedar Mountain Farm, a Fjord-horse-powered CSA and Jersey-cow dairy at the Cobb Hill Cohousing in Hartland, Vermont. Stephen is a regular contributor to the Small Farmer's Journal and Rural Heritage magazine.


"Stephen Leslie shines a spotlight on an inconspicuous but important revolution in agriculture that has been quietly gaining momentum for decades. In Horse Powered Farming for the 21st Century, Stephen has gathered an impressive collection of narratives and technical information that offer creative possibilities and innovative solutions for farming with real horse power. Both seasoned and aspiring horse farmers will find this book a valuable resource."--Doc Hammill, DVM, Doc Hammill Horsemanship

"In his first book, The New Horse-Powered Farm, Stephen Leslie presented a formidable mass of expert guidance and helpful information gleaned from his own experience horse farming and that of others similarly engaged. In Horse-Powered Farming for the 21st Century, Leslie piles on insightful wisdom that delves deeper into the subtle complexities of managing a horse-powered farm. The first book furnished plans for constructing a fully equipped horse farming toolbox. Horse-Powered Farming for the 21st Century bolsters that information with clear explanations of how to make the best use of the instruments found inside."--Joe Mischka, Rural Heritage Magazine

"Stephen Leslie has compiled an encyclopedia of horse-farming knowledge with excellent diagrams and photos to illustrate the various applications of draft-animal work. It is a luxury to be able to hold this vast accumulation of knowledge and experience offered by contributors across the United States and other countries. Stephen's writing reminds us that horse farming is our hope for the future because it is not dependent on fossil fuels or large acreages. Horse-Powered Farming for the 21st Century is a great book, not only for its practical tips for farmers but also as a statement about what matters on this planet."-Heather Smith Thomas, author of Storey's Guide to Training Horses

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