The Field Guide to Fields

The Field Guide to Fields

Hidden Treasures of Meadows, Prairies, and Pastures

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Random House, Inc.
For millennia, fields in their myriad forms have been among the most fundamental elements of the landscape of human civilization. Illustrated with 300 photographs and handsome linocut-style prints, the book explains how different landscapes, climates, and cultures produced a variety of field types, from the terraced rice paddies of Southeast Asia to the impenetrable hedgerows of Northwest Europe, each reflecting both ancient traditions and agricultural progress. We see how Old World methods were adapted to new environments like the American prairie, the Australian outback, the African veldt, and the Argentinean pampas. We trace the development of the implements we’ve devised to work our fields, from hand tools to modern tractors and mechanical harvesters.

And as we learn to recognize various types of fields, we also explore their characteristic flora?wildflowers, grasses, and nourishing plants like grains, herbs, mushrooms, fruits and berries? and fauna, from tiny but indispensable bugs to field-mice, sheep, cattle, and more. Detailed identification guides catalog a wealth of plant and animal life, and wide-ranging sidebars discuss everything from how to plow a field and sow seeds to how to plant a hedge, build a dry stone wall, and shear a sheep.

Here too the rich diversity of field folklore, from rural superstitions, fairy rings, and crop circles, to local legends, weather lore, folk remedies, and more. Both a thoughtful and colorful gift and a practical, informative reference, The Field Guide to Fields portrays an intriguing no-man’s-land between true, chaotic wilderness and the orderly arrangement of human communities.

Baker & Taylor
A guide to the role played by fields in the modern landscape--their history, natural history, and folklore--includes three hundred color illustrations and practical information on sheep-shearing, drying wild herbs, and flora and fauna.

Book News
While there are field guides for almost any subject, until now there hasn't been one for fields themselves. Perhaps the most basic element of the human-created landscape, fields vary greatly according to climate, culture, and topography, including fields as different in appearance as the rice paddies of southeast Asia, the vast grain fields of North America, and the hedgerows of Britain. While it does contain some identification guides, this book is mainly a description of how fields came to be, the implements that have been used to create and tend them, and the plants and animals that can be found amidst the crop plants. The book also contains a delightful assortment of field folklore, including rural superstitions, local legends, weather lore, and folk remedies. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

& Taylor

An authoritative yet informal guide to the role played by fields in the modern landscape--their history, natural history and folklore--includes 300 color illustrations and practical information on sheep-shearing, drying wild herbs, flora and fauna and much more. Original.

Publisher: Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, c2010
ISBN: 9781426205088
Branch Call Number: 578.74 LAW
Characteristics: 223 p. :,col. ill., maps ;,22 cm.


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Jul 29, 2010

Fun to read. Begins with farming in ancient countries up to our day. I always think of fields as being crops, but the flora and fauna is included in this book.

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