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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Dreamriver (August 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979790891
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979790898
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.6 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #802,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

Customer Reviews

It will only empower our spirit and make us stronger!
Brandon
The author has clarity on the facts as well as exquisitely beautiful writing.
Happy Doc
I found this book to be very informative as well as just a great read.
Rheta M.

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Kay Shinol on July 19, 2010
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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 By Ryan Marshall on 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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By robk on August 30, 2010
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rheta M. on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cheyla on March 4, 2011
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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 By Janice on March 3, 2011
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Happy Doc on December 31, 2010
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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. Be advised, you will want to buy extra copies for friends and family.
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By Brandon on July 31, 2012
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I am a young man just taking interest in all these topics included in the book, such as organic food. I have a interest in learning about agriculture too, and well, with this book I sure have! I got way more than I could have ever expected. I learned, and then I learned some more! It has really opened my mind all the more to these issues and instilled with in me a desire to make this world a truly better place, for not just the present, but our future generations we will leave it to.

While everyone may not entirely agree with all the authors beliefs, they are still so worth acknowledging! I feel him whole hearty though, and we must be the stewards of the land. The change we want to see. We are all connected. We can't work against nature or it will work against us! No chemical is the solution. Nature has its way of telling us what we are doing wrong I learned from reading this. We must heal right along with nature. We must understand her, know how nature works, and from reading this I just am in aw that we don't over all. It will only empower our spirit and make us stronger! Literally.

None the less you will learn about all the great things you can do to become more self reliant, more active, and to take action to connect with the earth above all. I love how after each chapter he list the resources he has learned from. He list the books, websites, and films. I have looked up every book and film to add to my wish list here on Amazon. We must understand the root of the problem first, and then we can do something about it. We all have the power with in us to make a difference! No doubt.

All I know is I am really ready to grow a garden now, and pump as much life back into the earth as I can!
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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.

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