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The Fate of Family Farming: Variations on an American Idea

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The Fate of Family Farming employs a hands-on approach, with much local New England detail, in its exploration of the history and future of American family farming as an idea and as an ongoing way of life. Early chapters situate family farming within American history, beginning with Jamestown and Plymouth, continuing with Jefferson and Emerson and others, and including the ...more
Paperback, 244 pages
Published August 23rd 2004 by University Press of New England (first published March 1st 2004)
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Dianedel
Jul 09, 2017 rated it did not like it
Nothing special.
Carrie
Aug 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Every summer we visit one of the farms highlighted in this book. I have an entirely new appreciation for them now and so grateful they offer theirs as well as other local products for sale in a new farm-stand where my mother-in-law purchased this book. The author is greatly concerned about the intricacies of the fate of farming and what the future may hold for small farmers. He also passionately delves into the unknown risks of GMOs and seed patents. For anyone not interested in the historical b ...more
Johanna Dieterich
This quite reminded me of Michael Pollan's Second Nature without the personal storytelling element. Jager discusses the history of farming and farm ideologies in New Hampshire and then presents four modern family farms. At times he became too technical for my interest, but I could see his writing style serving a reader with a more academic pursuit of understanding. His last three chapters could stand alone and excellently overviewed the vicious cycle of how increasing efficiencies to the scale o ...more
Jim
Dec 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I grew up, Uncle Herb's family farm was a favorite place to visit. He had lots of kids and got along well. Everyone knew their place and did their part. I thought family farming was a great way to live. So did Ronald Jager, author of The Fate of Family Farming. The trouble is the kind of farming Uncle Herb and thousands like him did couldn't sustain itself.
Jager tells us what happend.
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