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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
very enjoyable May 31 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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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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More honest than polished Aug. 21 2012
By Cai - Published on Amazon.com
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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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L O V E I T! May 15 2012
By peacebuddha - Published on Amazon.com
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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!
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Loved It March 13 2014
By Oscar's mom - Published on Amazon.com
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I gave this to the daughter of a friend of mine who is interested in becoming a farmer. It's a relaxing read---great at the bedside table. I loved reading of so many perspectives, and getting to meet so many different types of personalities involved in farming. Oh, if I were only thirty years younger! What an inspiration these people are!!!
Good overview of small innovative farming via short personal essays Dec 21 2014
By Lovely Peter - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a book of short essays, not 20 page long chapters (thank gawd), that describe various aspects of farmers who are in the business of alternative farming. These essays describe everything from obtaining funding for their farms, "farm" dating, catastrophes that can happen, newborn animals, charity farming, how the community contributes to the survival of a farm, to being a new mother while holding down a farm, among others. Some of my favorites include ,"Farming in the Web of Interconnectedness," "Moral Clarity Through Chicken-Killing," "Social Farming" "On the Rise" "The Gift" "Surviving Globalization Together" and "What I Learned from Gwen." "My favorite was the last, titled, "Coming Full Circle: The Conservatism of the Agrarian Left" which was about younger liberal leaning farmers involving themselves in a very conservative community and overcoming those political difference to find common ground. It describes how much of the new farm movement is quite conservative in a lot of ways. I didn't know this was to compliment a documentary with the same name.


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