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In at the Deep End. Impressions of farming in a year gaining experience: 1952-3; 1978-85

Harris, P. (2013) In at the Deep End. Impressions of farming in a year gaining experience: 1952-3; 1978-85. J Harris (privately published), pp240. ISBN 9780957519619 (includes essays of 41 students)

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The book describes a wide variety of students’ experiences in their practical year prior to entering University to study BSc Agriculture. Until comparatively recently it was the normal requirement for all such students, whether or not they already had home farming experience, to gain a full year’s experience of practical agriculture – and to write a report thereon. This record of 41 students’ reports of the pre-entry year begins with Paul’s own experience in the early 1950s before 41 reports from 30 or more years ago. The essays provide compelling and fascinating stories, well-articulated with clear acknowledgement for most part of the humanity and the warmth with which each student was treated by farmers and farm workers alike, despite the difference in both age and experience (considerable!). [This summary is an extract from the full overview which is archived here together with the book.]

Item Type:Book
Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development
ID Code:35835
Additional Information:Dr Paul Harris had a long and distinguished career as Lecturer in Agriculture at the University of Reading from the 1950s through to the 1990s and producing, amongst many other things, the classic text ‘The Potato Crop’ (Chapman & Hall, 1992, pp 909, ISBN 0412296403, 9780412296406).
Publisher:J Harris (privately published)
Publisher Statement:The publication of this work has been made in good faith as an historical record and area of research interest. Every effort was made by the author to contact the writers of the essays contained within this work for permission to include them prior to publication.


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