Living At Nature's Pace: Farming and the American Dream

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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.

Now in paperback, seminal, environmental and agricultural essays by the acclaimed journalist and Ohio farmer, Gene Logsdon, who has written regularly for publications such as Orion, Whole Earth Review, Mother Jones, The Utne Reader, Organic Gardening, and New Farm.

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"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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781890132569
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publications
  • Publication date: 2/1/2000
  • Series: Gene Logsdon Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,050,412
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

A prolific nonfiction writer, novelist, and journalist, Gene Logsdon has published more than two dozen books, both practical and philosophical. Gene’s nonfiction works include Holy Shit, Small-Scale Grain Raising, Living at Nature’s Pace, The Contrary Farmer's Invitation to Gardening, Good Spirits, and The Contrary Farmer. His most recent novel is Pope Mary and the Church of Almighty Good Food. He writes a popular blog, The Contrary Farmer, as well as an award-winning column for the Carey Ohio Progressor Times, and is a regular contributor to Farming Magazine and Draft Horse Journal. He lives and farms in Upper Sandusky, Ohio. You can visit his blog at http://thecontraryfarmer.wordpress.com/.

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Table of Contents

Foreword / Wendell Berry
1. Green Fields, Red Ink
2. For Amber Waves of Green
3. Our Hidden Wound
4. The Failure of Agricultural Education
5. Traditional Farming
6. Knowing One's Place
7. The Future: More Farmers, Not Fewer
8. An Ecologically Sane Farm
9. Amish Economics
10. A Horse-drawn Economy
11. The Barn Raising
12. Not So Friendly Persuasion
13. A Patriarch Passes
14. A Woodcutter's Pleasures
15. The Pond at the Center of the Universe
16. My Wilderness
17. I'm Glad I'm Not a "Real" Farmer
18. Going to Market on a Warm Day in November
19. Looking for a Midwestern Culture
20. The Folly of Trying to Repress the Agrarian Impulse
21. The Wheel of Life Turns Round and Round

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