Land of Amber Waters

The History of Brewing in Minnesota

Author: Doug Hoverson

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 1452913374

Category: Cooking

Page: 339

View: 6412

A visual history of MInnesota beers and breweries traces the evolution of the state's beer industry, from the 1849 construction of the first brewery to the growth of small-town enterprises that gave way to large companies of regional and national prominence, offering a comprehensive list of Minnesota breweries as well as more than three hundred illustrations of beer and breweriana.
Technology & Engineering

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

Author: Ted Genoways

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393292584

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 288

View: 2347

Is there still a place for the farm in today’s America? The family farm lies at the heart of our national identity, yet its future is in peril. Rick Hammond grew up on a small ranch, and for forty years he has raised cattle and crops on his wife’s fifth-generation homestead in York County, Nebraska, in hopes of passing it on to their four children. But as the handoff nears, their small family farm—and their entire way of life—are under siege. Rising corporate ownership of land and livestock is forcing small farmers to get bigger and bigger, assuming more debt and more risk. At the same time, after nearly a decade of record-high corn and soybean prices, the bottom has dropped out of the markets, making it ever harder for small farmers to shoulder their loans. All the while, the Hammonds are confronted by encroaching pipelines, groundwater depletion, climate change, and shifting trade policies. Far from an isolated refuge beyond the reach of global events, the family farm is increasingly at the crossroads of emerging technologies and international detente. Following the Hammonds from harvest to harvest, Ted Genoways explores this rapidly changing landscape of small, traditional farming operations, mapping as it unfolds day to day. This Blessed Earth is both a concise exploration of the history of the American small farm and a vivid, nuanced portrait of one family’s fight to preserve their legacy and the life they love.
Technology & Engineering

Fruitful Labor

The Ecology, Economy, and Practice of a Family Farm

Author: Mike Madison

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

ISBN: 1603587950

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 176

View: 2128

As the average age of America’s farmers continues to rise, we face serious questions about what farming will look like in the near future, and who will be growing our food. Many younger people are interested in going into agriculture, especially organic farming, but cannot find affordable land, or lack the conceptual framework and practical information they need to succeed in a job that can be both difficult and deeply fulfilling. In Fruitful Labor, Mike Madison meticulously describes the ecology of his own small family farm in the Sacramento Valley of California. He covers issues of crop ecology such as soil fertility, irrigation needs, and species interactions, as well as the broader agroecological issues of the social, economic, regulatory, and technological environments in which the farm operates. The final section includes an extensive analysis of sustainability on every level. Pithy, readable, and highly relevant, this book covers both the ecology and the economy of a truly sustainable agriculture. Although Madison’s farm is unique, the broad lessons he has gleaned from his more than three decades as an organic farmer will resonate strongly with the new generation of farmers who work the land, wherever they might live. *This book is part of Chelsea Green Publishing’s NEW FARMER LIBRARY series, where we collect innovative ideas, hard-earned wisdom, and practical advice from pioneers of the ecological farming movement—for the next generation. The series is a collection of proven techniques and philosophies from experienced voices committed to deep organic, small-scale, regenerative farming. Each book in the series offers the new farmer essential tips, inspiration, and first-hand knowledge of what it takes to grow food close to the land.
Business & Economics

Cutting Hill

A Chronicle of a Family Farm

Author: Alan Pistorius

Publisher: Garrett County Press

ISBN: 1891053434

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 279

View: 4139

This is the true story of how you get your milk. And because this is the story of a family dairy farm in Vermont it is also the true story of how you get delicious, Grade A maple syrup. Author Alan Pistorius embedded with the Treadway family for a year, recording four seasons of milking, fixing, plowing and syrup making. Pistorius' careful observations make for a powerful meditation on farming, business and family.
Technology & Engineering

Family Farming

A New Economic Vision

Author: N.A

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9780803217485

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 311

View: 9447

Americans decry the decline of family farming but stand by helplessly as industrial agribusiness takes over. The prevailing sentiment is that family farms should survive for important social, ethical, and economic reasons. But will they? This timely book exposes the biases in American farm policies that irrationally encourage expansion, biases evident in federal commodity programs, income tax provisions, and subsidized credit services. Family Farming also exposes internal conflicts, particularly the conflict between the private interests of individual farmers and the public interest in family farming as a whole. It challenges the assumption that bigger is better, critiques the technological basis of modern agriculture, and calls for farming practices that are ethical, economical, and ecologically sound. The alternative policies discussed in this book could yet save the family farm, and the ways and means of saving it are argued here with special urgency. ø This Bison Books edition includes a new introduction by the author providing a more national perspective, underscoring the repetitive cycles of American agriculture over the decade, and assessing the major policy issues that have dominated agriculture in recent years.

A Family Farm in Tuscany

Recipes and Stories from Fattoria Poggio Alloro

Author: Sarah Fioroni

Publisher: Shearer Pub

ISBN: 9780940672833

Category: Cooking

Page: 240

View: 9129

In A Family Farm in Tuscany, Sarah Fioroni, chef, cooking instructor, sommelier, and manager of her family's organic farm near historic San Gimignano, shares stories of family traditions and daily life at Fattoria Poggio Alloro. After moving to the farm in 1955 to work as sharecroppers, the Fioronis later purchased the farm through their hard work and dedication to the land. They transformed the property into a model of integrated, sustainable agriculture that has been visited by government officials from all over the world and featured in numerous publications, including Organic Gardening magazine. Three generations of Fioronis continue to work the land using age-old practices, growing a bounty of fruits, vegetables, and cereal crops, such as wheat for pasta, olives for extra-virgin olive oil, and grapes for their award-winning wines. They also keep bees, produce saffron, and raise chickens, Chianina cattle, the prized traditional Tuscan breed, and pigs, the basis of homemade prosciuttos and salamis. In addition to her engaging anecdotes that reveal how life at Poggio Alloro changes from month to month, Sarah shares more than fifty traditional Tuscan recipes that are prepared daily in the kitchen using the farm's seasonal ingredients from hearty winter dishes to salads and risottos featuring garden vegetables to holiday breads and desserts. The farm is also a popular agriturismo destination, giving visitors an opportunity to stay overnight, participate in various farming activities, and revel in the tastes of freshly prepared food and artisanal farm products, all in a relaxing, scenic environment that is captured by the book's hundreds of color photographs. Open the pages of this book and visit Poggio Alloro from your favorite chair, then prepare the recipes and experience the taste of Tuscany in your own home.

Gaining Ground

A Story of Farmers' Markets, Local Food, and Saving the Family Farm

Author: Forrest Pritchard

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0762794380

Category: Nature

Page: 336

View: 3699

One fateful day in 1996, upon discovering that five freight cars’ worth of glittering corn have reaped a tiny profit of $18.16, young Forrest Pritchard undertakes to save his family’s farm. What ensues—through hilarious encounters with all manner of livestock and colorful local characters—is a crash course in sustainable agriculture. Pritchard’s biggest ally is his renegade father, who initially questions his career choice and eschews organic foods for sugary mainstream fare; but just when the farm starts to turn heads at local markets, his father’s health takes a turn for the worse.With poetry and humor, this timely memoir tugs on the heartstrings and feeds the soul long after the last page is turned.
Juvenile Fiction

The American Family Farm

A Photo Essay

Author: N.A

Publisher: Harcourt Childrens Books

ISBN: 9780152030254

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 94

View: 1433

A pictorial essay of the American family farm, focusing on the daily lives of three families in Massachusetts, Georgia, and Iowa.
Business & Economics

The Future of Family Farms

Practical Farmers' Legacy Letters Project

Author: Teresa Opheim

Publisher: University of Iowa Press

ISBN: 1609384539

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 140

View: 5461

A monumental transfer of farmland is occurring in the United States. The average American farmer is fifty-eight years old, and the 40 percent of farmland owners who lease their land to others are even older: sixty-six on average. Five times as many farmers are over sixty-five as are under thirty-five. What will happen to this land? Who will own it? What if one child wants to farm but can't afford to buy out the nonfarming siblings? What if keeping the farm in the family means foregoing the significant profits that could be earned from selling it? These sometimes painful and divisive questions confront many farmers and farmland owners today. How they answer them will shape their families and the land for generations to come. The Farm Legacy Letters project, developed by the member-driven nonprofit Practical Farmers of Iowa, is designed to help farmers and farmland owners think about their farm’s future and talk about it with their families. An essential complement to handbooks on business succession, this book gathers the letters and stories of midwestern families about the land they cherish—how they acquired it, what they treasure most about it, and their hopes for its future. Some of the writers descend from families who have owned a particular patch of the earth since the 1800s, while others became farmland owners more recently—one as recently as 2015. Some are no longer farmland owners at all, because—after careful thought about what mattered most to them—they sold their land to the next generation of farmers. All of these writers hope that, by sharing their farmland legacies, they will encourage others to ponder and then write about the histories, accomplishments, challenges, and hopes for their farmland for the generations who come after they are gone.
Juvenile Nonfiction

Cows on the Family Farm

Author: Chana Stiefel

Publisher: Enslow Publishing, LLC

ISBN: 0766042057

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 24

View: 9766

"An introduction to life on a farm for early readers. Find out what a cow eats, where it lives, and when calves are born"--

Family Farm

Author: Fiona Palmer

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0857965808

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

View: 6603

Isabelle Simpson longs to take over the family farm, but her ailing father won't give her a chance. The stand-off between them threatens to tear the family apart. Handsome neighbour Will Timmins holds the secret to building bridges between them, if Izzy can forgive him his past. Izzy is forced to make a tough decision sacrifice an exciting new romance or relinquish her lifelong dream? But then unexpected tragedy falls on the farm, and Izzy is thrown the greatest challenge of all. As she gathers with family and friends by the shade of the gum-tree tavern, confessions are made, long-held secrets are revealed and hearts are set free. 'A heartwarming romance about finding true love and following your dreams.'

Epitaph for a Peach

Four Seasons on My Family Farm

Author: David M. Masumoto

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0061741736

Category: Gardening

Page: 256

View: 9095

A lyrical, sensuous and thoroughly engrossing memoir of one critical year in the life of an organic peach farmer, Epitaph for a Peach is "a delightful narrative . . . with poetic flair and a sense of humor" (Library Journal). Line drawings.

On Behalf of the Family Farm

Iowa Farm Women's Activism since 1945

Author: Jenny Barker Devine

Publisher: University of Iowa Press

ISBN: 160938170X

Category: History

Page: 206

View: 9282

On Behalf of the Family Farm traces the development of women’s activism and agrarian feminisms in the Midwest after 1945, as farm women’s lives were being transformed by the realities of modern agriculture. Author Jenny Barker Devine demonstrates that in an era when technology, depopulation, and rapid economic change dramatically altered rural life, midwestern women met these challenges with their own feminine vision of farm life. Their “agrarian feminisms” offered an alternative to, but not necessarily a rejection of, second-wave feminism. Focusing on women in four national farm organizations in Iowa—the Farm Bureau, the Farmers Union, the National Farm Organization, and the Porkettes—Devine highlights specific moments in time when farm women had to reassess their roles and strategies for preserving and improving their way of life. Rather than retreat from the male-dominated world of agribusiness and mechanized production, postwar women increasingly asserted their identities as agricultural producers and demanded access to public spaces typically reserved for men. Over the course of several decades, they developed agrarian feminisms that combined cherished rural traditions with female empowerment, cooperation, and collaboration. Iowa farm women emphasized working partnerships between husbands and wives, women’s work in agricultural production, and women’s unique ways of understanding large-scale conventional farming.
Juvenile Nonfiction

Our Farm

Author: Michael J. Rosen

Publisher: Millbrook Press

ISBN: 0761385983

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 144

View: 3313

Told through the voices of the children, this inside view of life on their farm is authentic and sometimes surprising. Readers will learn about baling hay, tending cattle, work dogs, hunting, manure, and other activities on the Bennett farm, as well as some insights into the culture of living in a rural area.
Biography & Autobiography

A Family Farm

Life on an Illinois Dairy Farm

Author: Robert L. Switzer

Publisher: Center for Amer Places Incorporated

ISBN: 9781935195344

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

View: 4741

During the past century two-thirds of all family-operated farms in America disappeared. A Family Farm is the personal story of one such farm from 1916 to 1991, told from the perspectives of four generations. The story begins with the author's grandparents, whose primitive way of farming in northern Illinois, described in evocative detail, was closer to the nineteenth century than to the twentieth. Their daughter, the author's mother, loses her hopes for a scholarly life during the Great Depression, and—though bookish and unsuited to farm life—returns to the farm with her husband, who describes in his own words his youthful years on a poor Illinois farm and as a rural schoolteacher. The family attempts to modernize the old farm and introduce up-to-date agricultural techniques, but their sons, the author and his brother, leave the farm after high school and unwittingly doom it to failure. It is the author's children who provide a brighter perspective, delighting in visits to their grandparents' farm even as they grow aware of its decline. A Family Farm ends with an elegiac description of death and of the winter auction at which the accumulation of seventy-five years of hard work and frugal living is sold to the highest bidder. Richly illustrated with art work, photographs, and documents, and set within the context of current trends in agricultural economics and rural life, A Family Farm offers an intimate and historical perspective on a now vanished way of life.
Juvenile Fiction

A Day at the Berns Family Farm

A Book of Phonics

Author: Laura Hudgens

Publisher: Mascot Books

ISBN: 9781631779060

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: N.A

View: 1290

With a cute family farm story, phonics, and colorful illustrations, this amazing book is great for any young reader. Come along with the Berns as they have a full day of excitement.
Social Science

Aid, Institutions and Development

New Approaches to Growth, Governance and Poverty

Author: Ashok Chakravarti

Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing

ISBN: 1845425529

Category: Social Science

Page: 200

View: 6748

This accessible book is a powerful critique of the effectiveness of development aid. It skilfully combines a wealth of practical experience with a thorough examination of recent academic research. It will certainly challenge the defenders of aid to rethink their position for the twenty-first century. John Toye, Department of Economics, Oxford, UK This is an excellent book; interesting and extremely well written. It offers a masterly survey of existing work in the field and will have a wide appeal amongst policymakers and academic economists with an interest in development. A.P. Thirlwall University of Kent, Canterbury, UK This book makes a significant contribution by examining an important issue, namely, the effects of foreign aid on development. The author provides an insightful critical review of the relevant academic literature, and presents a careful evaluation of recent foreign aid initiatives and approaches. The reader is struck by the author s painstaking and wide-ranging research on the subject, interspersed with thoughtful comments based on his own experiences. Scholars and practitioners working on development will find much that is insightful, informative, provocative and stimulating. Amitava Krishna Dutt, University of Notre Dame, US In spite of massive flows over the past 50 years, aid has failed to have any significant impact on development. Marginalization from the world economy and increases in absolute poverty are causing countries to degenerate into failed, oppressive and, in some cases, dangerous states. To address this malaise, Ashok Chakravarti argues that there should be more recognition of the role economic and political governance can play in achieving positive and sustainable development outcomes. Using the latest empirical findings on aid and growth, this book reveals how good governance can be achieved by radically restructuring the international aid architecture. This can be realised if the governments of donor nations and international financial institutions refocus their aid programs away from the transfer of resources and so-called poverty reduction measures, and instead play a more forceful role in the developing world to achieve the necessary political and institutional reform. Only in this way can aid become an effective instrument of growth and poverty reduction in the 21st century. Aid, Institutions and Development presents a new, thoroughly critical and holistic perspective on this topical and problematic subject. Academics and researchers in development economics, policymakers, NGOs, aid managers and informed readers will all find much to challenge and engage them within this book.
Business & Economics

From the Family Farm to Agribusiness

The Irrigation Crusade in California and the West, 1850-1931

Author: Donald J. Pisani

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520051270

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 521

View: 8813

Juvenile Nonfiction

Century Farm

One Hundred Years on a Family Farm

Author: Cris Peterson

Publisher: Highlights Press

ISBN: 1629797839

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

View: 858

The Peterson family farm is one hundred years old and about to enter a new century. Here, in wonderful family anecdotes, the author shares the story of the farm as it grew from a barn and house and granary in the 1890s to a thriving dairy farm in the 1990s. There has been plenty of hard work--sawing down the trees to erect the first buildings, the endless cycle of planting and harvesting, chopping firewood to keep the house warm--but there has also been golf practice on the pasture land, Sunday drives in the family car, and cross-country skiing in the meadows. Over the past hundred years many things on the farm have changed, but many things have stayed the same. There is still one family working together to make the farm a viable business. There is still one kitchen where cookies are baked and meals are cooked to feed family and friends and those who help on the farm. Filled with photos selected from a century's worth of family albums as well as dramatic shots from recent years, this NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book provides a glimpse into the past and the future of one American family farm.
Social Science

Partners in Production?

Women, Farm and Family in Ireland

Author: Patricia O'Hara

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 9781571819697

Category: Social Science

Page: 182

View: 9016

Partners in Production? breaks new ground as the first major study of Irish farm women. By bringing together debates about the future of family farming, feminist theories of women's work and the sociology of the family, O'Hara reveals the complex structure under which these women live. Based primarily on interviews, this book identifies the ways in which farm women both challenge and accommodate their apparent subordination, their unacknowledged influence on the evolution of family farming, their wider place in the social formation and, ultimately, how they view the circumstance of their own lives.