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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603427724
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603427722
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Essays on the spirituality and physicality of farming; the skill-building and life lessons accompanying the increased connection to the earth; and improved self-sufficiency define the Greenhorn movement. Fleming, founder and director of this group promoting young farmers, joins other Greenhorns and biodynamic farm enthusiasts in gathering writings on farming as an expression of patriotism and hope, addressing local food surety and self-reliance advocates, and farmers new and established, all connected in a reconstitution of a local, resilient, and delicious food system. Financing, tools, and community are major categories. Draft-powered farmer Alyssa Jumars writes that she’s never felt so alive as behind the great ass of a draft horse, and Jon Piana praises community effort turning a weeks-long harvest into an hour’s labor. Charming line drawings reinforce the anthology’s texts, supplemented by a far-ranging list of resources. Readers will also be interested in the documentary film The Greenhorns. --Whitney Scott

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“bursting with determination and optimism. These essays by beginning farmers are chatty, colorful reports that made me laugh and left me in awe of all the hard work that goes into growing our food. The farmers revel in simple pleasures and big challenges.”

(Kristin Kimball, author of The Dirty Life)

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Brad got his start growing food in college in a small vegetable garden at The Homestead, an experiential living center at Denison University. His interest piqued, he went on to apprentice on organic farms at Stratford and Crown Point Ecology Centers in Ohio. A few seasons of farming brought him to the realization that growing food would be his life's vocation. After serving as the CSA manager at Village Acres Farm in Pennsylvania for several years, he moved to Seattle to co-found the Seattle Urban Farm Company, a business that designs, installs, and maintains edible gardens for residential and commercial customers. He's been helping people build and care for their urban farms ever since. On weekends, Brad keeps busy by teaching classes on organic gardening and urban chicken care, and learning Jethro Tull songs on the guitar.

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This book is a perfect resource for sustainable farming.
Leonard
It's like watching discovery channel and at the end you don't know any more then you did to begin with - It's just entertaining !
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I am not an avid reader, however, this book kept my interest the entire way through.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Anderson on May 31, 2013
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Series of essays by different folks and their trials getting small farms going. By and large one wonders why anyone would go into farming. And yet, it calls to them and drags their sore bums out of bed every day to go and do it again. I thought their essays were very genuine in feel, not sugar coating anything. But they share their inexplicable joy in the face of their trials and their determination to continue on. These are the attitudes that built America.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cai on August 21, 2012
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Interesting stories from 50 different farmers and producers across America, which could have used a little more editing. Regardless, many stories are at once funny, compelling and insightful into the reasons why Americans everywhere are turning back to agricultural practises as a method of finding meaning and financial stability in the 21st Century.

An honest book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By peacebuddha on May 15, 2012
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What a journey I was taken on, and have many farmers to thank for the travel. I felt I was sitting with each farmer in each mini conversation. Thank you!
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Great stories, our future lies with new and young farmers bucking the trend of mega-farms using tons of pesticides and growing GMO crops.
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I was kind of excited to read the book... but it doesn't give you any real knowledge on farming. It's essentially a book of random stories for entertainment. It talks more about relationships and how you need a lot of free community labor to make your farm go round. It certainly has a left leaning feminist slant. A few are warning of global warming catastrophes, with claims of every scientist in the world saying so... which is just nonsense and false. Generated to control... The earths temperature hasn't budged over many many many many decades... and storms are no more frequent. That is neither here nor there.

A lot of stories talk about political things, that are obviously not relevant to farming. The last story talking about Obamacare and Tea Party people... So if you actually want to read about starting up a farm, I wouldn't recommend this book.
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By Oscar's mom on March 13, 2014
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I gave this to the daughter of a friend of mine who is interested in becoming a farmer. It's a relaxing read---great at the bedside table. I loved reading of so many perspectives, and getting to meet so many different types of personalities involved in farming. Oh, if I were only thirty years younger! What an inspiration these people are!!!
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By Iciyapi Oshaughnessy on February 11, 2014
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this is a great book and a wealth of fun stories and information. it is required for my urban agriculture course i am taking
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