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Living at Nature's Pace Farming and the American Dream

ISBN-10: 189013256X
ISBN-13: 9781890132569
Edition: 2000 (Revised)
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Description: For decades, Logsdon and his family have run a viable family farm. Along the way, he has become a widely influential journalist and social critic, documenting in hundreds of essays for national and regional magazines the crisis in conventional  More...

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Book details

List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Publication date: 2/1/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 250
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

For decades, Logsdon and his family have run a viable family farm. Along the way, he has become a widely influential journalist and social critic, documenting in hundreds of essays for national and regional magazines the crisis in conventional agri-business and the boundless potential for new forms of farming that reconcile tradition with ecology. Logsdon reminds us that healthy and economical agriculture must work at natures pace, instead of trying to impose an industrial order on the natural world. Foreseeing a future with more farmers, not fewer, he looks for workable models among the Amish, among his lifelong neighbors in Ohio, and among resourceful urban gardeners and a new generation of defiantly unorthodox organic growers creating an innovative farmers-market economy in every region of the country. "To love farmingreal farmingin this day and time requires what a lot of people like to call crankiness but is in fact courage. . . . I have been reading Gene Logsdon for many years, and I have always taken courage from him. I thank him, and I shake his hand." Wendell Berry Nature knows how to grow plants and raise animals; it is human beings who are in danger of losing this age-old expertise, substituting chemical additives and artificial technologies for the traditional virtues of fertility, artistry, and knowledge of natural processes. This new edition of Logsdons important collection of essays and articles (first published by Pantheon in 1993) contains six new chapters taking stock of American farm life at this turn of the century.

Wendell Berry The prolific poet, novelist, and essayist Wendell Berry is a fifth-generation native of north central Kentucky. Berry taught at Stanford University; traveled to Italy and France on a Guggenheim Fellowship; and taught at New York University and the University of Kentucky, Lexington, before moving to Henry County. Berry owns and operates Lanes Landing Farm, a small, hilly piece of property on the Kentucky River. He embraced full-time farming as a career, using horses and organic methods to tend the land. Harmony with nature in general, and the farming tradition in particular, is a central theme of Berry's diverse work. As a poet, Berry gained popularity within the literary community. Collected Poems, 1957-1982, was particularly well-received. Novels and short stories set in Port William, a fictional town paralleling his real-life home town of Port Royal further established his literary reputation. The Memory of Old Jack, Berry's third novel, received Chicago's Friends of American Writers Award for 1975. Berry reached his broadest audience and attained his greatest popular acclaim through his essays. The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture is a springboard for contemporary environmental concerns. In his life as well as his art, Berry has advocated a responsible, contextual relationship with individuals in a local, agrarian economy.

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Green Fields, Red Ink
For Amber Waves of Green
Our Hidden Wound
The Failure of Agricultural Education
Traditional Farming
Knowing One's Place
The Future: More Farmers, Not Fewer
An Ecologically Sane Farm
Amish Economics
A Horse-drawn Economy
The Barn Raising
Not So Friendly Persuasion
A Patriarch Passes
A Woodcutter's Pleasures
The Pond at the Center of the Universe
My Wilderness
I'm Glad I'm Not a "Real" Farmer
Going to Market on a Warm Day in November
Looking for a Midwestern Culture
The Folly of Trying to Repress the Agrarian Impulse
The Wheel of Life Turns Round and Round

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