Gene Logsdon

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Gene Logsdon (born 1932) is an American man of letters, cultural and economic critic, and farmer. He is a prolific author of essays, novels, and nonfiction books about agrarian issues, ideals, and techniques.

Gene Logsdon farms in Upper Sandusky, Ohio.[1] He has written many books and hundreds of articles for numerous publications including New Farm, Mother Jones, Orion, Utne Reader, Organic Gardening, Draft Horse Journal and the Wall Street Journal.

Works (not complete)[edit]

Gene Logsdon blogs at The Contrary Farmer blog.[2]


  • Holy Shit: Managing Manure To Save Mankind, 2010 ISBN 978-1-60358-251-3
  • Small-Scale Grain Raising, Second Edition: An Organic Guide to Growing, Processing, and Using Nutritious Whole Grains, for Home Gardeners and Local Farmers, 2009
  • The Mother of All Arts: Agrarianism and the Creative Impulse (Culture of the Land), 2007
  • All flesh is Grass : Pleasures & Promises of Pasture Farming, 2004
  • The Pond Lovers, 2003
  • Wyeth People, 2003
  • Living at Nature's Pace: Farming and the American Dream, 2000
  • Good Spirits: A New Look at Ol' Demon Alcohol, 2000
  • You Can Go Home Again: Adventures of a Contrary Life, 1998
  • The Big Things in Life are the Little Things, 1998 (with Steve Zender)
  • The Contrary Farmer's Invitation to Gardening, 1997
  • The Contrary Farmer, 1995
  • The Low-Maintenance House, 1987
  • Moneysaving Secrets: A Treasury of Salvaging, Bargaining, Recycling, and Scavenging Techniques, 1986
  • Gene Logsdon's Practical Skills: A Revival of Forgotten Crafts, Techniques, and Traditions, 1985
  • Wildlife in the Garden: How to Live in Harmony With Deer, Raccoons, Rabbits, Crows, and Other Pesky Creatures, 1983
  • Organic Orcharding, 1981
  • Getting Food from Water: A Guide to Backyard Aquaculture, 1979 Digital Library Copy
  • The Gardener's Guide to Better Soil, 1978
  • Small-Scale Grain Raising, 1977
  • Successful Berry Growing, 1974
  • Homesteading: How to Find New Independence on the Land, 1973
  • Two Acre Eden: Finding the Good Life on Your Own Piece of Land, 1971


  • Pope Mary and the Church of Almighty Good Food, 2010 novel
  • The Last of the Husbandmen: A Novel of Farming Life, 2008 novel
  • The Lords of Folly, 2007 novel
  • The Man Who Created Paradise: A Fable (Ohio Bicentennial), 2001 novel (with Gregory Spaid and Wendell Berry)


2000 Ohioana Career Award[3]