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Letters to a Young Farmer: On Food, Farming, and Our Future

Category: Book
Edited By: Hodgkins, Martha
Compiled By: Stone Barns Center for Food an
Subject:  HOUSE & HOME / Sustainable Living
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Agriculture & Food (see also POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Poli
  TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / General
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Published: March 2017
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 8.50in x 6.25in
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From The Publisher*Letters to a Young Farmer is for everyone who appreciates good food grown with respect for the earth, people, animals, and community. Three dozen esteemed writers, farmers, chefs, activists, and visionaries address the highs and lows of farming life-as well as larger questions of how our food is produced and consumed-in vivid and personal detail. Barbara Kingsolver speaks to the tribe of farmers-some born to it, many self-selected-with love, admiration, and regret. Dan Barber traces the rediscovery of lost grains and foodways. Michael Pollan bridges the chasm between agriculture and nature. Bill McKibben connects the early human quest for beer to the very modern challenge of farming in a rapidly changing climate. US representative Chellie Pingree probes the politics of being a young farmer today. Farmer Mas Masumoto passes on family secrets to his daughter-and not-soon-forgotten stories to us all. Letters to a Young Farmer is both a compelling history and a vital road map-a reckoning of how we eat and farm; how the two can come together to build a more sustainable future; and why now, more than ever before, we need farmers.
Review Quote*An extraordinary harvest of wisdom from a ragtag crew of farmers, cooks, and agitators-and a must read, not just for young farmers, but for anyone with an interest in a robust food supply in our era of climate chaos." - Tom Philpott, food and agriculture correspondent, Mother Jones "Young people face a steep and uncertain climb on their journey to farm. Letters to a Young Farmer is fuel for the moments when they might turn back. With love, respect, and a hearty embrace, the book's authors show a new generation of farmers that their work is at the very foundation of life on Earth." - Lindsey Lusher Shute, executive director and cofounder, National Young Farmers Coalition "What a wonderful gift this book is to all aspiring farmers-full of sage wisdom, passionate encouragement, and practical advice from some of the greatest food and farming heroes of our time. Their words will inspire and remind you why farming is indeed the most important work to be done." - Naomi Starkman, founder and editor-in-chief, Civil Eats "This will make you want to become a farmer." - Mark Bittman, author of How to Cook Everything "The chance to make a difference in quality of life for all depends on the soil and those who care for and nurture the earth. New young farmers are on the front lines in the struggle for survival, the future of our children and theirs." - Neil Young, Farm Aid "
Biographical NoteBlaine Brownell is an architect, author, educator, and one of the preeminent scholars of advanced materials for architecture and design. Brownell's previous books with Princeton Architectural Press include Matter in the Floating World: Conversations with Leading Japanese Architects and Designers and Material Strategies: Innovative Applications in Architecture, and the Transmaterial series.