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Paula Manalo , Severine von Tscharner Fleming , Zoe Ida Bradbury

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Book Description

May 8 2012
A community of more than 5000 young farmers and activists, the Greenhorns are committed to producing and advocating for food grown with vision and respect for the earth. This book, edited by three of the group's leading members, comprises 50 original essays by new farmers who write about their experiences in the field from a wide range of angles, both practical and inspirational. Funny, sad, serious, and light-hearted, these essays touch on everything from financing and machinery to family, community building, and social change.

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“bursting with determination and optimism. These essays by beginning farmers are chatty, colorful reports that made me laugh and left me in awe of all the hard work that goes into growing our food. The farmers revel in simple pleasures and big challenges.”

(The Boston Globe)

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Meet America's New Farmers

Resourceful and hard-working, Greenhorns are passionate about improving the food we eat through sustainable and humane farming practices. Their inspirational stories speak to the challenges and rewards of earning a living off the land, embracing risks, and feeding local communities---all while maintaining a profound respect for the earth.

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4.0 out of 5 stars very enjoyable May 31 2013
By S. Anderson - Published on
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Series of essays by different folks and their trials getting small farms going. By and large one wonders why anyone would go into farming. And yet, it calls to them and drags their sore bums out of bed every day to go and do it again. I thought their essays were very genuine in feel, not sugar coating anything. But they share their inexplicable joy in the face of their trials and their determination to continue on. These are the attitudes that built America.
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3.0 out of 5 stars More honest than polished Aug. 21 2012
By Cai - Published on
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Interesting stories from 50 different farmers and producers across America, which could have used a little more editing. Regardless, many stories are at once funny, compelling and insightful into the reasons why Americans everywhere are turning back to agricultural practises as a method of finding meaning and financial stability in the 21st Century.

An honest book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars L O V E I T! May 15 2012
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What a journey I was taken on, and have many farmers to thank for the travel. I felt I was sitting with each farmer in each mini conversation. Thank you!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stories, our future lies with new and young ... July 12 2014
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Great stories, our future lies with new and young farmers bucking the trend of mega-farms using tons of pesticides and growing GMO crops.
1.0 out of 5 stars No details about actual farming... and it's politically left sided. March 31 2014
By Hawk - Published on
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I was kind of excited to read the book... but it doesn't give you any real knowledge on farming. It's essentially a book of random stories for entertainment. It talks more about relationships and how you need a lot of free community labor to make your farm go round. It certainly has a left leaning feminist slant. A few are warning of global warming catastrophes, with claims of every scientist in the world saying so... which is just nonsense and false. Generated to control... The earths temperature hasn't budged over many many many many decades... and storms are no more frequent. That is neither here nor there.

A lot of stories talk about political things, that are obviously not relevant to farming. The last story talking about Obamacare and Tea Party people... So if you actually want to read about starting up a farm, I wouldn't recommend this book.

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