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Letter to a young farmer : how to live richly without wealth on the new garden farm

Author: Gene Logsdon
Publisher: White River Junction, Vermont : Chelsea Green Publishing, [2017]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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« In his final book of essays--completed just weeks before he died--self-described "contrary farmer" Gene Logsdon addresses the next generation of small-scale "garden farmers" seeking a better way of life. --»
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Genre/Form: Anecdotes
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gene Logsdon
ISBN: 9781603587259 160358725X
OCLC Number: 1022986171
Description: xiv, 210 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: No such thing as "The American Farmer" --
Farming is all about the money, even when it isn't --
The economic decentralization of nearly everything --
The ripening of a "Rurban" culture --
The barns at the center of the garden farm universe --
Backyard sheep --
Hauling livestock: the ultimate test of your farming mettle --
The cow stable: health spa of the future --
The rise of the modern plowgirl --
Finding and keeping a new age farm partner --
Big data and robot farming --
The invasion of the paranoids --
One cow's forage is another cow's poison --
Pasture farming is part of garden farming --
The wild-plant explorers --
The most stubborn farmer of us all --
Have we deflowered our virgin soils? --
The ressurection of a really free market --
Artisanal food in the new age of farming --
Why fake steak won't ever rule the meat market --
The homebodies --
If Michelangelo had to drive to work --
A fable about the end of "get big or get out" --
The real background behind the fading of industrial farming --
In praise of rural simplicity (whatever that is).
Other Titles: How to live richly without wealth on the new garden farm
Responsibility: Gene Logsdon ; foreword by Wendell Berry.

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Booklist- If Logsdon (1932-2016) had his way, the term contrary farmer would have been every bit as familiar as country farmer. A learned proponent of 'stay in and stay small' garden farming, Read more...

 
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