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Letters to a Young Farmer: On Food, Farming, and Our Future by [Martha Hodgkins]

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"[Letters to a Young Farmer].draws on the collective wisdom of three dozen of the most respected figures in agriculture today-farmers, chefs, writers, philosophers, and activists-to answer a single question: "What would would you say to young people just starting out to farm?' The answers range from personal stories to practical advice, including wise reflections on how to grow healthy footman ways that treat land, animals, and people with respect." -CivilEats

“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

“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

“This will make you want to become a farmer.” —Mark Bittman, author of How to Cook Everything

“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

“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

"Farmers growing food for their communities, grown with sustainable practices and sold at farm stands and nearby farmers markets - this is a trend we all must support for the health of the land and ourselves. This book is a wonderful tribute to those who have volunteered to take hold of the future and nurture it." - Edible Communities

"In Letters to a Young Farmer, three dozen farmers, chefs, writers, professors, immigrants, gardeners, scientists, activists, Native Americans, and even a Congresswoman, share their stories and lessons. No dry litany, these are passionate voices deeply connected to the earth. With an eye to the future, the letter writers' hands are full of soil, necks brown from working in the elements or foreheads lined from incessant negotiations about farm issues. There's no other compilation with such a breadth of knowledge, deep traditions, and forward thinkers involved in raising the food we eat..Alice Waters, Chez Panisse founder, cookbook author, and food activist...writes that, 'Taste will truly wake people up and bring them back to their senses and back to the land.' Letters to a Young Farmer is full of that awakening and we need it more than ever." - Edible San Diego

"Leaders of the food world, such as farmer Joel Salatin, animal-science professor Temple Grandin, and chef Dan Barber, share wisdom for farmers - and eaters. A reminder to support those who are brave enough to nourish us." - Eating Well Magazine

"Longtime advocates of sustainable agriculture join with new voices for a comradely take on the challenging future of farming.. warnings are balanced by plausible strategies for reforming our food system, practical advice, and optimism regarding farming's future in this noble, difficult field." - Kirkus Reviews --This text refers to the paperback edition.

About the Author

Martha Hodgkins is communications director at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture. A former editor of Nature Conservancy magazine, she is the editor of In Response to Place: Photographs from The Nature Conservancy''s Last Great Places and The Field Guide to The Nature Conservancy.

Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture is on a mission to create a healthy and sustainable food system that benefits us all. A nonprofit organization, Stone Barns Center works to develop a culture of eating based on what farms need to grow to build healthy soil and a resilient ecosystem. In its quest to transform the way America eats and farms, the organization trains farmers, educates food citizens, develops agroecological farming practices, and convenes change makers. Stone Barns Center, 25 miles north of New York City, is home to the celebrated Blue Hill at Stone Barns, under the direction of chef and co-owner Dan Barber, a multiple James Beard award–winner.
--This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B01MR4F9IT
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Princeton Architectural Press; Illustrated edition (7 March 2017)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 3921 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 177 pages
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5.0 out of 5 stars You need to read this!
Reviewed in Italy on 19 August 2018
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiração para jovens agricultures
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2.0 out of 5 stars Bit boring
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3.0 out of 5 stars Initially motivational, but eventually repetitive and lacking in next steps for farmers.
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