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The New American Farmer: Profiles of Agricultural Innovation Paperback – July 8, 2005

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: SARE Outreach (July 8, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1888626097
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888626094
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,031,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Maybe I'd make more as a lawyer, but I eat better than most lawyers, and I get to work outside. --Richard DeWilde, Viroqua, Wis., vegetable grower

We'll have a five-inch downpour, and the creek that runs through our property is running clear by the next morning. --Adele Hayes, Warnerville, N.Y., livestock farmer

When we made the changes in management, our overhead costs dropped…. We're seeing a healthier landscape and growing more grass. --Mark Frasier, Woodrow, Colo., cattle rancher

From the Publisher

The concept for The New American Farmer came from John Ikerd, former agricultural economics professor at the University of Missouri. After decades of working with farmers and ranchers across the country, Ikerd wanted to convince others that thriving, family-run operations making a profit, working in harmony with the environment and helping improve their communities were no fluke. To him, the "new American farm" was a place where producers could create and achieve positive financial, environmental and quality of life goals.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Oregon Farm Mama on November 14, 2010
This book has a simple straightforward concept: it offers detailed profiles of successful, innovative, profitable, sustainable farmers around the United States. The book was put together by farmers and includes information useful to farmers, but it's inspiring for anybody interested in agriculture.

What I appreciate the most about this work is that it clearly demonstrates how each successful farm is UNIQUE -- they have each succeeded by thoughtfully adapting their growing methods and crops to their own specific region, farm, and markets. Not all the farmers are certified organic, but many are, and all of the farmers are thinking outside the box and forgoing the standard commodity/chemical agricultural system.

You won't find a 'one-size-fits-all' anything here -- in fact, it's not a 'how to' book at all. But you will find many good ideas, interesting stories, and illustrative photos. My husband and I are full-time vegetable growers, and this is a book we come back to at least once a year for ideas and inspiration. I'd recommend it to anyone thinking about farming as a career.

Also, if you don't mind not having a fancy printed bound copy, you can download a PDF of this book for free on the SARE website. Just search for The New American Farmer in a search engine and you'll find it.
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