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All Flesh Is Grass: The Pleasures and Promises of Pasture Farming
     

All Flesh Is Grass: The Pleasures and Promises of Pasture Farming

by Gene Logsdon
 

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Amidst Mad Cow scares and consumer concerns about how farm animals are bred, fed, and raised, many farmers and homesteaders are rediscovering the traditional practice of pastoral farming. Grasses, clovers, and forbs are the natural diet of cattle, horses, and sheep, and are vital supplements for hogs, chickens, and turkeys. Consumers increasingly seek the health

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Amidst Mad Cow scares and consumer concerns about how farm animals are bred, fed, and raised, many farmers and homesteaders are rediscovering the traditional practice of pastoral farming. Grasses, clovers, and forbs are the natural diet of cattle, horses, and sheep, and are vital supplements for hogs, chickens, and turkeys. Consumers increasingly seek the health benefits of meat from animals raised in green paddocks instead of in muddy feedlots.

In All Flesh Is Grass: The Pleasures and Promises of Pasture Farming, Gene Logsdon explains that well-managed pastures are nutritious and palatable—virtual salads for livestock. Leafy pastures also hold the soil, foster biodiversity, and create lovely landscapes. Grass farming might be the solution for a stressed agricultural system based on an industrial model and propped up by federal subsidies.

In his clear and conversational style, Logsdon explains historically effective practices and new techniques. His warm, informative profiles of successful grass farmers offer inspiration and ideas. His narrative is enriched by his own experience as a “contrary farmer” on his artisan-scale farm near Upper Sandusky, Ohio.

All Flesh Is Grass will have broad appeal to the sustainable commercial farmer, the home-food producer, and all consumers who care about their food.

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"In an era of growing concerns about our food, Gene Logsdon offers a practical way to steer American agriculture in a direction that ensures a livelihood for family farmers, takes care of the land, and provides fresh, healthy food for all. Over the years, industrial farming methods and grain-based livestock operations have led to the decline of family farm agriculture. All Flesh is Grass is a how-to manifesto for family farmers and food activists alike committed to taking back control of our food and farms."
— Willie Nelson, President and Founder, Farm Aid

"All Flesh is Grass explains the immense benefits of taking our livestock out of the feedlots and raising them in a natural setting on their native diets. It's all there: the history, the politics, the practices, and the passion."
— Jo Robinson, creator of www.eatwild.com

Library Journal
Logsdon (The Contrary Farmer) mixes philosophy, opinion, farming specifics, and practical advice in this provocative look at the age-old practice of grassland, or pasture, farming. The author describes this method-in which cattle, sheep, and other livestock are managed in paddocks (plots) of bluegrass, clover, alfalfa, and other mixes of grasses and legumes-and even discusses pasturing horses, mules, and donkeys, a healthy alternative to the common small, manure-filled shed with a barren dirt lot. Logsdon relates experiences from his small Ohio farm and tells the stories of other successful grass-farming operations. For urban refugees in the country, he stresses the ease with which pasture farming can be accomplished on a small acreage with only a few animals and demonstrates how well it fits in with traditional gardening and lawn care. Recommended for public and academic libraries where there is an interest in back-to-the-land books.-William H. Wiese, Iowa State Univ. Lib., Ames Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804010696
Publisher:
Ohio University Press
Publication date:
11/28/2004
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
698,966
Product dimensions:
(w) x (h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Gene Logsdon is the author of more than twenty books on farming and rural life. He and his wife, Carol, live near Upper Sandusky, Ohio.

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