Synopses & Reviews
Fields That Dream explores the lives of refugees, immigrants, former chefs, insurance brokers, and union organizers who are now small-scale sustainable farmers. Each chapter of the book combines the story of a farmer who sells at a successful farmers market with a social/cultural history of agriculture in the United States. Although based in Seattle, the farmer's stories resonate on a national level as they speak about expansion and conventional agriculture. Ultimately, Fields That Dream is a celebration of community and shows how small-scale farmers work to bridge the ever-widening gap between rural and urban areas.
"Jenny Kurzweil has opened a window on where our food comes from, on how much our food system has changed over the years, and most important on who grows our food and why." Marion Nestle, Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University, and author of Food Politics
"I enjoyed reading Fields That Dream. Some of us think that food comes from the grocery store, or from the person who hands it to us at a restaurant. But as author Jenny Kurzweil makes clear, there are thousands of human stories written into each bite we eat. The more I read her engaging book, the more reality and depth I experienced in my relationship to food." John Robbins, author of Diet For A New America, The Food Revolution, and the upcoming Healthy At 100
Fields That Dream explores the lives of refugees, immigrants, former chefs, insurance brokers, and union organizers who are all now small-scale sustainable farmers. The first book that is completely devoted to exploring the lives and experiences of small-scale sustainable farmers, Fields That Dream informs readers about the current state of American agriculture while helping them cultivate a deep appreciation for the work and lives of the farmesr who are a growing minority in the American economy.
The first book devoted to exploring the lives and experiences of the small-scale sustainable farmer.
About the Author
Jenny Kurzweil is a writer and editor for the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), a non-profit organization that promotes graduate education in the sciences for minority students. Before becoming a writer, Jenny spent ten years as a cook.