Agriculture and Farming
Reclaiming Our Food
How the Grassroots Food Movement Is Changing the Way We Eat
Paperback ISBN: 1603427996
Cobb (food system planning, U. of Virginia) is the author of The Gardener's A-Z Guide to Growing Organic Food. In this text, she examines a sampling of the grassroots community food projects undertaken around the US by a variety of people, from social innovators to experienced businesspeople, technical inventors, and exceptional systems thinkers. Ranging from Boston to Nashville to Birmingham to Seattle, they include projects initiated by individuals--urban and rural farmers, restaurant owners and chefs--as well as community members or neighborhoods joining together to create meaning and purpose in their lives, and to restore harmony and balance in their relationships with the land, food, and each other. Illustrated with full-color photographs, the accounts describe how the projects were developed and lessons learned in the process, which may be useful to readers interested in starting similar efforts in their own communities. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The Dirty Life
A Memoir of Farming, Food, and Love
Paperback ISBN: 1416551611
"This book is the story of the two love affairs that interrupted the trajectory of my life: one with farming—that dirty, concupiscent art—and the other with a complicated and exasperating farmer." Single, thirtysomething, working as a writer in New York City, Kristin Kimball was living life as an adventure. But she was beginning to feel a sense of longing for a family and for home. When she interviewed a dynamic young farmer, her world changed. Kristin knew nothing about growing vegetables, let alone raising pigs and cattle and driving horses. But on an impulse, smitten, if not yet in love, she shed her city self and moved to five hundred acres near Lake Champlain to start a new farm with him. The Dirty Life is the captivating chronicle of their first year on Essex Farm, from the cold North Country winter through the following harvest season—complete with their wedding in the loft of the barn. Kimball and her husband had a plan: to grow everything needed to feed a community. It was an ambitious idea, a bit romantic, and it worked. Every Friday evening, all year round, a hundred people travel to Essex Farm to pick up their weekly share of the "whole diet"—beef, pork, chicken, milk, eggs, maple syrup, grains, flours, dried beans, herbs, fruits, and forty different vegetables—produced by the farm. The work is done by draft horses instead of tractors, and the fertility comes from compost. Kimball’s vivid descriptions of landscape, food, cooking—and marriage—are irresistible. "As much as you transform the land by farming," she writes, "farming transforms you." In her old life, Kimball would stay out until four a.m., wear heels, and carry a handbag. Now she wakes up at four, wears Carhartts, and carries a pocket knife. At Essex Farm, she discovers the wrenching pleasures of physical work, learns that good food is at the center of a good life, falls deeply in love, and finally finds the engagement and commitment she craved in the form of a man, a small town, and a beautiful piece of land
DIY Projects for Farmers, Smallholders and Gardeners
Paperback ISBN: 1904871321
Contains step-by-step instructions and plans for over 50 projects for farmers, smallholders or landowners. Using reclaimed materials, wherever possible, and renewable energy, this title shows how to construct beehives, pig arcs, chicken coops, goat sheds, mobile hen units, gates and fences, turbines and much more.
A Love Story
1st Edition Hardcover ISBN: 0307267156
Examines the natural history of the tuna, one of the world's most endangered marine animals, revealing how the increasing demand for sushi has caused a devastating overfishing of the tuna and detailing the implications of its potential extinction.