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Deeply Rooted: Unconventional Farmers in the Age of Agribusiness Paperback – March 30, 2010
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It is not by a matter of methods that these men survive, though the methods are important, it is their convictions and their character that lead them to independence. Harry Lewis understands that prosperity isn't something you create, prosperity is the form of our green earth; and true prosperity is received through shepherding our earth. Virgil Trujillo understands that "fitness" is "survival of the fittest" as he adapts to the cultural, political and economic forces that gash his land and his history. David Podoll has a deep spiritual sense of what is right and what is wrong, he knows that tilling massive acres of earth is a wasteful proposition if done in the conventional manner of which maximization for profit is the only god.
It's also a perfect travel narrative, with a painted scenic view and a conversational style that offers absorption into the mindset and the reality of remarkable individuals.Read more ›
Bonus: you can see some photos of the farmers in the book on her website, something I wish more non-fiction authors would do.
My only beef, small as it may be, is that the people at my local bookstore in LA didn't know about this book. Is Counterpoint hard to track down? I bought a second copy as a gift through Amazon, but I can't decide who to give it to.
I think Ms. Hamilton does a great job painting the picture of each of these farms for the reader. Her vivid imagery is sometimes raw but life on a farm is not all setting suns and green pastures. Life on a farm is dirty sometimes, sometimes ugly and unpleasant. When you eschew the methods of modern agribusiness, it can make life even harder. In a country where meat and milk come from the grocery store in sanitary foam packages and plastic jugs, Deeply Rooted is a welcome reminder of just how much has changed in the world of food.
The three farmers she selected are kind of characters, each with a pretty interesting personality. I am sure that is intentional, after all the book needs to be readable as well as educational. I don't think these three are typical of non-confirming farms but they do provide a great insight into the mindset of people who were raised to be farmers and ranchers but decided against getting on the economy of scale treadmill. It is one thing to woodenly detail the operations of a farm, which is only mildly interesting. Getting into the minds of these farmers is where the really interesting stuff happens.Read more ›
Again, it's an excellent read!
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This is my first time submitting a review for a book and am doing so to pay back all of you that have written reviews that have inspired me to read many great books such as this... Read morePublished on December 8, 2013 by julie brooks
I was in the middle of reading "Animal Factory" when I came across this book. It was a very needed contrast to that very depressing tome. Read morePublished on April 19, 2012 by Amazon Customer
I bought this book and let it set for awhile. When i started reading it was hard to put down. I am an organic farmer isolated in my community. Read morePublished on May 3, 2011 by jeff chandler
I know next to nothing about raising the food I eat. I have a distrust of rural America because I am told they are the real America, they vote red, and I do not often get to meet... Read morePublished on August 9, 2010 by Robert P. Schmidt
I don't know anything about farming and I loved this book. Provides a very non judgemental and readable insight into the challenges to small farmers. Read morePublished on July 7, 2010 by SC
No preaching here, just clear, simple observation.
It's poignant and hopeful at the same time.
All Americans should read this book - great job!