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Son of a Farmer, Child of the Earth [Paperback]

by Eric Herm
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August 16, 2010 0979790891 978-0979790898
This book examines commercial agriculture's strain on our natural resources, ecosystems, and the farmer. As a fourth-generation farmer, Eric Herm deals with the harsh economic realities and complicated legislation facing farmers, as well as the undeniable health impact of GMO crops and excessive chemicals. The book provides resources of natural, healthy alternatives that will inspire the farmers' transformation from corporate-motivated producers back to the flesh and bone guardian angels of the Earth.

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Editorial Reviews

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I can now recommend this one book to my students instead of the usual 20 that have been necessary to adequately describe the current state of our culture, governance, and environment. (Endorsement, back cover - book, June 2010)

Herm offers a deeply engaging mix of personal insight, scientific knowledge, populist rage, and a quest to regain a true partnership with the rest of nature. (Endorsement, back cover - book, June 2010)

From the Back Cover

"I can now recommend this one book to my students instead of the usual 20 that have been necessary to adequately describe the current state of our culture, governance, and environment."
Scott Pittman, Director and Founder with Bill Mollison of the Permaculture Institute

"This is an invaluable source for anyone wishing to learn the secrets of American agriculture and should be used as a textbook in our schools and colleges."
Derry Brownfield, Legendary rancher and national radio talk show host

"Herm offers a deeply engaging mix of personal insight, scientific knowledge, populist rage, and a quest to regain a true partnership with the rest of nature."
Brian Tokar, author of Earth for Sale, The Green Alternative, and Toward Climate Justice

"Our next generation of farmers will have to scratch a living and rebalance the carbon cycle. With good-natured humor and humility, Eric Herm shows the way forward."
Albert Bates, author of The Biochar Solution: Carbon Farming and Climate Change


Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Dreamriver (August 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979790891
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979790898
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #290,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Eric Herm was raised on a cotton farm near Ackerly, Texas. He graduated from college with a degree in broadcast journalism. After working in sports television broadcasting and other fields, Herm traveled across North America, Mexico, Europe, and North Africa. Following his travels and various experiences, Herm returned back to Texas to work the land that has been in his family for almost 100 years. Startled by the changes he saw in the land, he began to change practices on his own farm and to speak out against the ravages caused by commercial practices of chemical agriculture. For more information, please visit Eric's website, www.sonofafarmer.com or visit sonofafarmer99 on Facebook and Twitter.

Customer Reviews

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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Rarely do I find a book I cannot put down, but when SON OF A FARMER: CHILD OF THE EARTH arrived, I could not put it down until I had savored every page! Eric Herm's story is both informative and funny. At times, I wanted to laugh, then cry, then write my Congressman, boycott big corporations, and march in protest somewhere!

"And just how is that different for you," you may ask? Well, this book has armed me with facts. Facts coming from a farmer who is living in the midst of the systematic, greed-based take over of our food supply and destruction of the ecosystem on which it depends. If there is one important message to take away from this story it is "Wake Up!" And to assist us in "waking up," Eric has lists of books, web pages, videos...all with even more ammunition for the arsenal of mind as it forms arguments to combat this take-over.

But the story is also a personal story -- a story of youthful rebellion, of dropping out, of searching to "find himself," and of hearing Spirit's call to return to the land where he finds, "Everything is one here." Certainly, the book is not a downer. After we "Let that marinate a spell" (which Eric asks us to do throughout), we arrive at an inspired kind of optimism. I love this book.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We're ALL children of the Earth. August 30, 2010
By robk
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After hearing Mr. Herm on a radio interview and already having an awareness of emerging alternatives to the standard ways of doing agricultural (and other) business, I purchased his book based on what I heard during his interview.
Mr Herm is a refreshing voice of reason in a cocophany of irrational viewpoints. He proposes alternatives to farming in order to bring back health and balance to not only our lives and planet, but to save us from the gluttony and destruction we've beed headed towards since WW1 by the world's corporate giants. He presents to the reader the lies and deceptions we've been fed by these companies and the consequences of continuing to do so, and offers his "farmer's view" of the possible outcomes.
It is a book well worth reading and following. He presents information even the home gardener can utilize.
I would hope that this book will be a must-read for any university Agriculture student; our future depends upon them!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Viva La Granjero! July 26, 2010
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If I was pressed to describe the central theme of this book I would say this: "At their absolute best, Science & Technology immitate Mother Nature." Eric Herm is here to point out that we have abandoned this sincere form of flattery for a darker, more disingenious system where the crux of technology is to perpetually master, rearrange and monetize the natural rhythyms and flow of energy on Earth. The answer does not lie in the latest miracle chemical or genetic trick, but in our willingness to once again partner with Mother Nature. Herm takes on two subjects that are often times at odds with one another: Science and Spirituality. From impeccable research and personal insight, he weaves them into a seamless fabric of what is stone-cold logical and what is innate and transcendent...what is "felt."

Herm has delivered not just a book, but a treasure map and an invitation to be human again. I recommend this be read by certain individuals only: Those who depend on nourishment from this Earth. All others please refer to the perfectly spun, market-tested, focus-group approved corporate propaganda developed by those whose only goal is to provide the lowest quality product at the highest possible price.

Viva La Granjero! Long live the farmer. Long live those who realize we aren't borrowing the Earth from our children, but out right swindling it from them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a Great title. January 24, 2012
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I thought the author got it all right.! I liked it that he admitted how he and his dad were farming before he became aware of what the pesticides, etc, they had used were doing to the soil. My father farmed all his life in the Midwest and I'm certain he used products that had he known what was in them and the deleterious results to our planet they were causing that he might have changed some of his practices. I found this book to be very informative as well as just a great read. I will keep it as a reference book and refer to it often.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Son of a Farmer Child of the Earth October 5, 2011
By jk76
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Absolutely wonderful book. Beautifully written. Hern uncovers the truth aout GM companies like Monsanto and how they are destroying our planet. He also teaches how to become self sufficient in growing your own foods.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars son of a farmer chil of the earth March 4, 2011
By cheyla
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this book is more then a book of farming this book show everyone who read it about the thing in life that the government and this powerful company do not want us to know. the only thing i can tell you is not everyone is going to love it because some people just like to think that is not true to feel better they like happy feeling then the trust. this change my life i hope it will do the same to everyone who read this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Visionary March 3, 2011
By Janice
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Eric Heim is a true visionary. His book is full of ideas, mostly new and almost all controversial. Whether you like them or not, this is a book worth reading. Agriculture is a business we all have a vital interest in if we like to eat and wear clothes.
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Published 3 months ago by Carolyn Leyboldt
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
This was a very good book. It was edcational and informative. It's message was controversial but I felt I learned a lot.
Published 4 months ago by Ellen Danner
4.0 out of 5 stars We are only the castodiance of the world and have to traet the earth...
I am a agricultural economist and farmer and I agreed whole heartly with the writers perspective on actions to be taken for sustainable agriculture.
Published 8 months ago by Paul Vorster
5.0 out of 5 stars We're All Connected!
I am a young man just taking interest in all these topics included in the book, such as organic food. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Brandon
1.0 out of 5 stars Total Nonsense
Most of this exaggerated stuff has been debunked for a long time. He doesn't understand the science, but he knows how to sell books that feed hysteria. Go to academicsreview. Read more
Published on November 1, 2011 by Alan C. Christensen
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gem
Eric Herm's book is not just for the farmer. It is for every human being who grasps how far we have strayed from our relationship with nature. Read more
Published on February 17, 2011 by Humble Fyre
5.0 out of 5 stars The right stuff
This is a critically timely book that needs to be widely read. The author has clarity on the facts as well as exquisitely beautiful writing. I could not recommend it more highly. Read more
Published on December 31, 2010 by Happy Doc
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