This Blessed Earth: A Year in the Life of an American Family Farm

This Blessed Earth: A Year in the Life of an American Family Farm

by Ted Genoways


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Winner of the Stubbendieck Great Plains Distinguished Book Prize

2019 selection for the One Book One Nebraska and All Iowa state reading programs

"Genoways gives the reader a kitchen-table view of the vagaries, complexities, and frustrations of modern farming…Insightful and empathetic." —Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The family farm lies at the heart of our national identity, and yet its future is in peril. Rick Hammond grew up on a farm, and for forty years he has raised cattle and crops on his wife’s fifth-generation homestead in Nebraska, in hopes of passing it on to their four children. But as the handoff nears, their family farm—and their entire way of life—are under siege on many fronts, from shifting trade policies, to encroaching pipelines, to climate change. Following the Hammonds from harvest to harvest, Ted Genoways explores the rapidly changing world of small, traditional farming operations. He creates a vivid, nuanced portrait of a radical new landscape and one family’s fight to preserve their legacy and the life they love.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393356458
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 11/20/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 371,286
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Ted Genoways is an acclaimed journalist and author of The Chain: Farm, Factory, and the Fate of Our Food. A contributing editor at Mother Jones, the New Republic, and Pacific Standard, he is the winner of a National Press Club Award and the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism, and is a two-time James Beard Foundation Award finalist. He has received fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation. A fourth-generation Nebraskan, Genoways lives outside Lincoln with his wife, Mary Anne Andrei, and their son.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Readying the Bin 1

Part 1 Bringing in the Beans 11

Interlude: Working Cows 58

Part 2 The Homeplace 67

Interlude: Branding Calves 116

Part 3 Seeds of Change 123

Interlude: The Poker Run 164

Part 4 Irrigation Nation 171

Interlude: The Tri-State 212

Epilogue: Welcome News 219

Acknowledgments 225

Selected Bibliography 227

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