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The Call of the Land, 2nd Edition: An Agrarian Primer for the 21st Century Paperback – March 1, 2011
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The Call of the Land is an important and timely primer on a resurgent agrarianism taking place around the nation. As the challenges of the 21st Century begin to bear down, we can take solace, and find pragmatic solutions, in the back-to-the-land work of progressive farmers, ranchers, conservationists, and many others. Hope dwells in the grassroots. This book is a great guide on where to look. --COURTNEY WHITE, Executive Director, Quivira Coalition, author of Revolution on the Range: The Rise of a New Ranch in the American West
In this updated edition, Steven McFadden continues his significant work of identifying various agrarian projects where the vital link to nature is being restored. The Call of the Land serves as a valuable resource at a crucial, make-or-break juncture because there is just no ignoring Earth's distress signals. --JULES DERVAES, Founder of the Urban Homesteading® Movement, director of the film Homegrown Revolution
We humans have lately entered into a collective techno-trance in which our primordial ties with land have been all but forgotten. Urban consumer lifestyles lead children to believe that food comes ultimately from the supermarket.... In reality, we are as dependent as ever on soil, water, weather, and biodiversity, even as we overuse, upset, and destroy these foundational elements of life. Steven McFadden helps us remember the essential, and points to the only sane path ahead--a profound emotional reconnection with the physical ground of being. --RICHARD HEINBERG, Senior Fellow-in-Residence of the Post Carbon Institute, author of The Last Energy Crisis
The Call of the Land will inspire you with page after page of innovative projects across the country that are having a positive impact on how we eat. Explore this comprehensive list of positive ideas and then implement them in your own community. --INGRID KIRST, Executive Director, Community CROPS, Lincoln, Nebraska
Readers new to this movement sometimes struggle to identify a primer that is accessible and grounded in real-world examples. The Call of the Land lends itself as a tool for such readers, as it not only illustrates a foundational agrarian ethos historically argued by Wendell Berry and Wes Jackson, but it also outlines a variety of practical models and approaches to inform the practice of local food system development. --KIM L. NIEWOLNY and NANCY K. FRANZ, Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development
From the Author
In Jack London's classic novel The Call of the Wild, the alpha dog Buck faces a moment of truth in response to nature, as he stands amid the towering trees of a northern forest. He must make a choice. Similarly, standing both individually and collectively on our earth, we human beings face a moment of truth. Our call is not from the wild, but from the land. We must make a choice.
The economic and natural worlds are mutating around us. Inescapably, immediately, we must mobilize our strength, will, and intelligence on the essential matter of producing clean food for ourselves in a way that stabilizes and heals the land. This is the most basic and necessary idea of 21st century agrarianism.
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