1. The difficulties which the young farmer has to encounter at the outset of learning practical husbandry; 2. The means of overcoming those difficulties; 3. The kind of information to be found in existent works on agriculture; 4. The construction of 'The Book of the Farm'; 5. The existing methods of learning practical husbandry; 6. The establishment of scientific institutions of practical agriculture; 7. The evils attendant on landowners neglecting to learn practical agriculture; 8. Experimental farms as places for instruction in farming; 9. A few words to young farmers who intend emigrating as agricultural settlers to the colonies; 10. The kind of education best suited to young farmers; 11. The different kinds of farming; 12. Choosing the kind of farming; 13. Selecting a tutor farmer for teaching farming; 14. The pupilage; 15. Dealing with the details of farming; Part I. Winter: 16. The steading or farmstead; 17. The farm-house; 18. The persons who labour the farm; 19. The weather in winter; 20. Climate; 21. Observing and recording facts; 22. Soils and subsoils; 23. Enclosures and shelter; 24. The planting of thorn hedges; 25. The plough; 26. The various modes of ploughing ridges; 27. Draining; 28. Yoking and harnessing the plough, and of swing-trees; 29. Ploughing stubble and lea-ground; 30. Trench and subsoil ploughing, and moor-band pan.
A detailed description and guide to best contemporary farming practice, including agriculture, dairying and livestock farming, first published in 1842.
'This is the classic of Victorian farming: widely consulted at the time, huge in its extraordinary social, economic and technological coverage, and a splendid asset to historians. These three beautifully produced volumes are a major publishing event, of great scholarly and practical interest today.' Professor K. D. M. Snell, University of Leicester