It appears to be a "how to" book for city folks moving to the country. The foreword by Bob Bergland, Secretary of Agriculture is intriguing:
Americans keep going back to the land. It is a pilgrimage that makes more sense to a lot of people than living in cities, enticing us with the promise of escape from freeways, assembly lines, and crowds.
The land offers freedom, a chance to test your mettle against nature's challenges.
The pilgrimages began with our agriculturally-minded, freedom-loving forebears of the 17th and 18th centuries. In waves since then—from the founding of community utopias in the first half of the 19th century, to the homesteads of the later 1800's, to the flight of the unemployed from a collapsing economy of the 1930's—Americans have returned to the land.
Now the tide of Americans that swept to the cities after World War II has ebbed. The flow has reversed. People are populating the countryside faster than they are cities.
I know their motives. I am a farmer.
So I know that country life can push some people beyond their endurance, can shatter illusions with a heavy and indifferent hand, and can press poverty upon the backs of the unlucky and the unprepared.
This book, Living on a Few Acres, is intended as a practical guide for those who make the journey back to the countryside and for some of you who are already there. It is mainly for those who intend not to gain their principal income from the land, but rather to have a job in town or live on a pension or some other source of income.
U.S. Department of Agriculture programs offer valuable assistance at the local level. In addition, this Department has a major responsibility for all Federal efforts in rural areas.
Living on a Few Acres describes both the pitfalls and the satisfactions of country life. There are plenty of both. And there is nothing quite like country living.
While flipping through this book, I saw a lot of practical advice that it still relevant today to those who are attempting to be self-sufficient on their own few acres. It should be a fun read on a rainy afternoon. This publication is also public domain, and is published online at the Library for Farming website.