Cultivating an Ecological Conscience: Essays from a Farmer Philosopher

Cultivating an Ecological Conscience: Essays from a Farmer Philosopher

by Constance L. Falk
     
 

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Theologian, academic, and third-generation organic farmer Frederick L. Kirschenmann is a celebrated agricultural thinker. In the last thirty years he has tirelessly promoted the principles of sustainability and has become a legend in his own right.

Cultivating an Ecological Conscience: Essays from a Farmer Philosopher documents Kirschenmann's evolution and

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Theologian, academic, and third-generation organic farmer Frederick L. Kirschenmann is a celebrated agricultural thinker. In the last thirty years he has tirelessly promoted the principles of sustainability and has become a legend in his own right.

Cultivating an Ecological Conscience: Essays from a Farmer Philosopher documents Kirschenmann's evolution and his lifelong contributions to the new agrarianism in a collection of his greatest writings on farming, philosophy, and sustainability. Working closely with agricultural economist and editor Constance L. Falk, Kirschenmann recounts his intellectual and spiritual journey. In a unique blend of personal history, philosophical discourse, spiritual ruminations, and practical advice, Kirschenmann interweaves his insights with discussion of contemporary agrarian topics. This collection serves as an invaluable resource to agrarian scholars and introduces readers to an agricultural pioneer whose work has profoundly influenced modern thinking about food.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Folks who care about farming and the land will enjoy this book.... You can't go wrong!"—University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign" —

"Describes food production as part of resurrection process, with death providing life a natural and theologically necessary part of creation's existence."— Land Stewardship Letter" —

"In a unique blend of personal history, philosophical discourse, spiritual ruminations, and practical advice, Kirschenmann interweaves his insights with discussion of contemporary agrarian topics."— University of Chicago Magazine" —

"An impressive analysis and reflection of the art and science of agricultural.... This work is a window into a life well-lived and deeply examined."- -WFAN NEWS" —

"Lays out an agrarian philosophy that is part science, part faith, and part firsthand experience."— University of Chicago Magazine" —

"More than a collection of writing that spans over three decades, this book is a treasure that should reside on a nerby shelf for ready reference for any person concerned about the future of food and the environment."- -Journal of Sustainable Agriculture" —

"A unique read into why, what, and how an ecological revolution is needed... [Cultivating an Ecological Conscience is] accessible and appealing to the (academic) philosopher as well as the farmer reader and everyone in between."— Environmental Ethics" —

"[Writing of] the material world... technical ag fixes.... [and] the potentials of urban agriculture...seems doubtful we've heard the last of Fred."— Wapsipinicon Almanec" —

"This compilation of 37 essays describe the current state of agriculture and demonstrate that Kirschenmann — organic farmer, agrarian and philosopher — has both personal knowledge of natural farming practices and an understanding of the drawbacks of industrial agriculture."— Farmers Market Today" —

"Cultivating an Ecological Conscience is an absolutely essential read for all those unfamiliar with the direction of cutting edge agriculture and a positively uplifting read for all those who are already there and seeking ways to connect environmental concepts with the production of food in the twenty-first century."— Energy Bulletin" —

"Sprawling and magisterial, Frederick L. Kirschenmann's collection of essays... expresses an erudition that encompasses reflections on everything from the philosophical implications of castrating calves, to the unseen ecological threats of integrating biotechnology into the process of food production, to seriously considering the role of marketing for the small-time organic farmer." — Tom Jacobs, New York Institute of Technology" —

"In Cultivating an Ecological Conscience, essays and lectures from a broad range of events, journals, and forums come together to form a remarkably cohesive whole."— Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development" —

"A text that should be read start to finish. Not because every sentence is first-rate, but because a story is told." — Agriculture and Human Values" —

"With beautiful language, a gentle tone yet strong voice is cultivated in the book that reawakens the senses and embodies the tasks Kirschenmann sets for the reader. — Li An Phoa" — Environmental Ethics

"Cultivating is a text that should be read start to finish...because a story is told. That narrative is one man's continuing journey towards a harmonic way of life with the biotic community...Kirschenmann continues to develop his own agroecological thought and this text might guide readers developing their own ecological consciousness." — Robert J. Wengronowitz, Agricultural and Human Values

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813125787
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
Publication date:
04/15/2010
Series:
Culture of the Land Series
Pages:
420
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

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