As we delve further into our farming adventure, DH and I often disagree on the best way to accomplish a task. He has a lot of real-life farming experience, although much of it was MANY years ago (I tease him about being older than me all the time). My farming experience is very limited and I rely on the books of people who are experienced in the various aspects of this life at which I am attempting to be successful. From things like butchering our first rabbit, to what to feed the pigs, to the plans for the greenhouse and shed, I rely on other people's experience to help me forward.
DH reminds me that he spent many of his early years on the farm and he never needed a book. Some of my favorites are the books from Storey Publishing. They present a wealth of information in an easy to understand fashion. Their guide to raising rabbits has been an invaluable resource as we embark on this new adventure. One thing I need to remember is that all of the information is not applicable to every situation - we butchered our first rabbit and it didn't go exactly as planned. So we live and learn - some of our own real-life experience.
I will; however, continue to rely on the manuals and narratives of others who have and continue to successfully live this life. DH was extremely fortunate to have his early farming ventures presided over by men whose experience couldn't be sufficiently captured in two or even four agricultural manuals. We are now two generations removed from those who worked this land before us. Neighbors and acquaintances educate us and provide invaluable direction for both our rabbit and pig endeavors and I continue to read every manual, manuscript, poem, allegory, blog post, and internet article I can get my paws on.