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

Living at Nature s Pace Farming and the American Dream 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 reg

  • Title: Living at Nature's Pace: Farming and the American Dream
  • Author: Gene Logsdon Wendell Berry
  • ISBN: 9781890132569
  • Page: 424
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 heFor 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 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.

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    1. Gene Logsdon is a terrific writer concerning the agrarian lifestyle, as Wendell Berry points out and "Living at Nature's Pace" is not an exception generally speaking. The book is another of Logsdon's essay collections not unlike his collection concerning contrary farming. However, this collection differs in that many of the essays are complaints and statistics concerning the agribusiness and Logsdon's dealings with them as a small farmer.Logsdon's style does not shine here as much as it does in [...]

    2. Wendell Berry calls Logsdon (who writes & blogs as the Contrary Farmer) "the most experienced and best observer of agriculture we have." Who am I to argue? He is an intelligent, passionate advocate for the small family farm, and actually makes me wish we were farmers. It takes character to farm well, and I found much to admire in his profiles and descriptions of farmers he knows, most of all the Amish. (Seriously, this book makes me wish we were Amish.) Logsdon's respect for small-scale farm [...]

    3. This book is a collection of essays concerning the health and future of the American farm. Gene Logsdon, a 4th generation farmer and prolific author has a passion for agriculture, which really means the family farm. He pulls no punches in his criticism of "factory" farms and the current state of agricultural education. At Ohio State the trustees involved with agricultural education are in the outside world, realtors and land developers. It begs the question as to what is their true concern. Mr. [...]

    4. Great collection of essays. Some are depressing and thought-provoking, as ruminations on modern large-scale farm culture tend to be, but Logsdon's skilled writing is beautiful and inspiring when he calls for a return to traditional small family farms. 4.5 stars.

    5. This is a collection of essays from roughly the 1990's, give or take a handful of years. It wasn't particularly remarkable writing, but overall I enjoyed it (and finished it) and some bits have been sticking in my mind for weeks, like the story of when he went to sell his lambs, and the way he loose-piles hay in the pastures for winter forage.

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