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For decades, Logsdon and his family have run a viable family farm. Along the way, he has become a widely influential journalist and social critic, documenting in hundreds of essays for national and regional magazines the crisis in conventional agri-business and the boundless potential for new forms of farming that reconcile tradition with ecology.
Logsdon reminds us that healthy and economical agriculture must work "at nature's pace," instead of trying to impose an industrial order on the natural world. Foreseeing a future with "more farmers, not fewer," he looks for workable models among the Amish, among his lifelong neighbors in Ohio, and among resourceful urban gardeners and a new generation of defiantly unorthodox organic growers creating an innovative farmers-market economy in every region of the country.
"To love farming--real farming--in this day and time requires what a lot of people like to call crankiness but is in fact courage. . . . I have been reading Gene Logsdon for many years, and I have always taken courage from him. I thank him, and I shake his hand."
--Wendell Berry
Nature knows how to grow plants and raise animals; it is human beings who are in danger of losing this age-old expertise, substituting chemical additives and artificial technologies for the traditional virtues of fertility, artistry, and knowledge of natural processes. This new edition of Logsdon's important collection of essays and articles (first published by Pantheon in 1993) contains six new chapters taking stock of American farm life at this turn of the century.

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Gene Logsdon farms in Upper Sandusky, Ohio. He is one of the clearest and most original voices of rural America. He has published more that a dozen books; his Chelsea Green books include The Contrary Farmer, The Contrary Farmer's Invitation to Gardening, Good Spirits, and Living At Nature's Pace.

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Donzilla, February 22, 2008 (view all comments by Donzilla)
This is more like a Bible than a book. Gene points out, again and again, the rational solution to the modern (and timelessly repeated) problem of oppression of the agrarian lifestyle. His cutting logic is brutal and concise (e.g., "consolidation is done for power, not efficiency").

He makes you happy, then downtrodden; he leads you through despair, but ends with a hopeful light.

A must read for all of us living in these oh-so-unnatural times.
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Berry, Wendell
Berry, Wendell
Foreword by:
Berry, Wendell
Berry, Wendell
Logsdon, Gene
Chelsea Green Publishing Company
White River Junction, VT :
Agriculture & Animal Husbandry
Country life
Agriculture & Animal Husbandry - General
Agriculture - General
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Rev. ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
no. 4
Publication Date:
February 2000
Grade Level:
8 x 5 x 0.625 in 6.5 oz

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