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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: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #652,066 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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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 !
ROB TAYLOR
I like how it separates everything so clearly and it gives you very interesting food for thought.
KB

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer 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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2 of 2 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 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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KB on December 6, 2014
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I like how it separates everything so clearly and it gives you very interesting food for thought. bada chinnggg
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By runningmouse on November 27, 2012
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I am not an avid reader, however, this book kept my interest the entire way through. Reading about each of the farmers and their different struggles, experiences, and worries was very inspiring. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in farming, either from a technical standpoint, or just out of curiosity, or for anyone who enjoys stories of people following their dreams.
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I really appreciate how candid each of the essayists were when sharing their experiences about starting up their farms and/or farm-related endeavors. Nothing has been romanticized here. If you're looking to begin understanding what it might take for you to live your dream of starting and running a successful farm, buy this book.
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It's nice to read about something positive that is happening now. We as individuals, and we as in "the Government" need to realize this is where our food will be coming from.
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