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Farmer Jane: Women Changing the Way We Eat Paperback – Unabridged, May 1, 2010
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As nurturers and caretakers of the health of our children and communities, women have the power and ability to transform the way we eat and farm. Farmer Jane profiles twenty-six women in the sustainable food industry who are working toward a more holistic food system in America a system that ensures our health with wholesome natural foods, protects the earth and wildlife, treats farm workers fairly, and stimulates local economies. Leaders like Denise O'Brien are empowering women to take leadership roles in agriculture. Farmers like Dru Rivers of Full Belly Farm are educating kids and growing diverse fruits and vegetables to sell directly to the community. Advocates like Marion Kalb and Anna Lapp are fighting for fresh organic fruits and vegetables in school cafeterias. Activists like Jo Ann Baumgartner are inspiring other farmers to be protectors of natural spaces. And chefs such as Deborah Madison are promoting local seasonal foods as a mainstay of the American meal.
Sustainable food activist Temra Costa shows how you can join these women, whether you want to start a farm, open a food business, found an organization, or simply become a sustainable-food consumer.
Temra Costa began her career in sustainable food while organizing for the preservation of organic standards in 1998. After completing her degree in agriculture from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, she moved to California to work with the Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF). Throughout her time with CAFF, from 2003 to 2009, she supported Farm to School programs and farmers markets and directed a statewide program of Buy Fresh Buy Local.
Costa is passionate about local food and eating seasonally. When she's not gardening, cooking, or bringing community together over food, she's writing about it. She lives in El Cerrito, California. Cover design by Jocelyn Foye.
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If you run a farm, own a food business, are a sustainable food and community activist, or care about the quality of your food . . . this book shows you the women who are changing the food and farming industry for the better—and how you can join them.
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Farmer Jane covers a lot of ground--including women who are involved with community supported agriculture (CSA's), farming, markets, seed saving, farm to school programs, rural and urban farms, filmmaking, and writing. Some of the women are farmers, chefs and restaurant owners, activists working in nonprofit organizations, and one who calls herself a "culinary anthropologist." This book is well-written reportage, filled with facts, individual chronologies concerning food activism, explanations of techniques and strategies, and quotes by the featured women. The back section includes a helpful bibliography and a listing of over 30 women mentioned in the book and their affiliations and contact information.
There are many women with serious plans and also those with a sense of humor. Some of the cute place names noted are Full Belly Farm, Ghost Town Farm, and Inn Serendipity. My favorite is Pie Ranch--where, in addition to many other farm products, wheat and many varieties of berries are grown to make and sell their namesake desserts.
The author serves us politics with a passion, which occasionally degenerates into pontification. An example:
When you work to create a more equitable and sustainable food system, as you do when you join a CSA or other form of buying direct from farmers, you inevitably become an activist--an activist for a new type of food system, one that does not enslave poeple or commodify or pollute the Earth, so that future generations too may enjoy this ethical and healthful eating.
Although I think Farmer Jane lacks a storytelling quality which might make it more inspirational, it is a wonderful reference for anyone interested in the many ways that women are positively effecting the food landscape. So even if after reading Farmer Jane you don't become an activist, this book may help you to reflect on your personal food habits and values. It just might also encourage more of us to join together to collaborate and create more healthy eating opportunities. Bon Appetit!
by Barbara L. Heller
for Story Circle Book Reviews
reviewing books by, for, and about women
It made me realize that i am at least 3 generations away from my farming ancestors. Farmers dont have to come from farming backgrounds,& we can all grow food in our rural or urban space.
Buy this book for your Daughter.