The Land That Feeds Us

The Land That Feeds Us

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by John Fraser Hart
     
 

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“For the many Americans who have never set foot on a real farm, this book is required reading. . . . An engaging blend of agricultural history, geography, travel, and interviews with farmers [that] provides an unsentimental, realistic look at American farm life.” —Library Journal
American farming has driven American life and fed much of the

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“For the many Americans who have never set foot on a real farm, this book is required reading. . . . An engaging blend of agricultural history, geography, travel, and interviews with farmers [that] provides an unsentimental, realistic look at American farm life.” —Library Journal
American farming has driven American life and fed much of the world for three centuries. Often in the words of farmers themselves, here is the story of what grows where and why, of America’s primary farming regions east of the Rockies. What was it like “Back then” to be a farmer? What of the plight of the family farm, what of government programs? What shape will American farming take in the next century? This is a fully informed survey of our number-one industry by one of America’s premier geographers.

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Library Journal
For the many Americans who have never set foot on a real farm, this book is required reading. Hart, a professor of geography at the University of Minnesota, explores, in a historical context, what farmers actually do, and how this affects the landscape and rural community. His book, an engaging blend of agricultural history, geography, travel, and interviews with farmers, provides an unsentimental, realistic look at American farm life. Since Hart limits himself to the East, public librarians may wish to pair this book with Mark Friedberger's fine Farm Families and Change in Twentieth-Century America (Univ. Pr. of Kentucky, 1988),which includes agriculture in California, and Richard Rhodes's Farm ( LJ 10/1/89).--Richard Shotwell, Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield, Mass.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393309508
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
02/28/1993
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
404
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I was lucky enough to have Professor Hart for a class at the University of Minnesota. This book was required reading. However, not know anything about American farming I leared more in one book than I ever thought possible. Prof. Hart takes you into the small towns and shows you the impact of farming on families and communities. The descriptions and detail of this book are wonderful. It is definately worth reading.