The Scything Handbook

The Scything Handbook

Learn How to Cut Grass, Mow Meadows and Harvest Grain with a Scythe

Ian Miller, Kiko Denzer


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  • The author took scythe teacher training and a mowing course in Austria, the birthplace of the scythe
  • Miller speaks fluent German and was able to research the book using original German texts from the premier Austrian agricultural college
  • Miller has been using the scythe for ten years and has made acres and acres of hay by hand, and grown and harvested small grains by hand
  • Miller describes techniques that allow even backyard gardeners to grow their year's supply of small grains
  • Covered in The Wall Street Journal , the scythe has taken pole position in the tool shed of the hip, modern homesteader
  • Miller offers beginning concepts and advanced techniques for using the scythe for haying and growing small grains of the highest quality and to do so without an inordinate amount of labor at the family scale
  • The scythe is the ultimate tool for family-scale food production and self-sufficiency
  • The only comprehensive book on how to use the scythe available
  • Anyone with a lawn can make hay. Having a source of free hay opens the door to many possibilities: keeping livestock, mulching, composting