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Letters to a Young Farmer: On Food, Farming, and Our Future Kindle Edition
“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
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.
- 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
- Best Sellers Rank: #477,735 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from other countries
I also wish that there had been voices from the average farmer, not just from big name writers, and that each letter had been written for the book. There were a few excerpts from other books or speeches that felt confusing to read (while reading Wendell Berry's, I distinctly thought that it sounded like preaching to a rural Kentucky person rather than a letter to a farmer - only to find at the end of the 'letter' that it was, in fact, a recorded speech to Kentucky people, not farmers). I understand the big name appeal is necessary for a selling point, but it's hard to take folks who did get rich farming (Joel Salatin) seriously when they tell you to expect to be broke. I'd rather hear that from an average, unknown, struggling farmer.
All in all, it has potential and many great letters, but the messages end up getting lost the further you go through the book due to repetition and lack of unique content throughout.
I learned so much about the conscious buying and preparing of the foods we consume...it is a terrific read. This book would make a long-lasting-and-often-referred-to gift for anyone that eats, as well as to young gardeners who will certainly get a lot out of the more detailed essays on farming. The title really could be "Letters to Everyone Interested in the Food We Grow, Cook and Eat". Highly Recommended