The New Agrarianism

The New Agrarianism

Author: Eric T. Freyfogle

Publisher: Island Press

ISBN: 9781559639217

Category: Nature

Page: 334

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The engaging writings gathered in this new book explore an important but little-publicized movement in American culture -- the marked resurgence of agrarian practices and values in rural areas, suburbs, and even cities. It is a movement that in widely varied ways is attempting to strengthen society's roots in the land while bringing greater health to families, neighborhoods, and communities. The New Agrarianism vividly displays the movement's breadth and vigor, with selections by such award-winning writers as Wendell Berry, William Kittredge, Stephanie Mills, David Orr, Scott Russell Sanders, and Donald Worster. As editor Eric Freyfogle observes in his stimulating and original introduction, agrarianism is properly conceived in broad terms, as reaching beyond food production to include a wide constellation of ideals, loyalties, sentiments, and hopes. It is a temperament and a moral orientation, he explains, as well as a suite of diverse economic practices -- all based on the insistent truth that people everywhere are part of the land community, as dependent as other life on its fertility and just as shaped by its mysteries and possibilities. The writings included here have been chosen for their engaging narratives as well as their depiction of the New Agrarianism's broad scope. Many of the selections illustrate agrarian practitioners in action -- restoring prairies, promoting community forests and farms, reducing resource consumption, reshaping the built environment. Other selections offer pointed critiques of contemporary American culture and its market-driven, resource-depleting competitiveness. Together, they reveal what Freyfogle identifies as the heart and soul of the New Agrarianism: its yearning to regain society's connections to the land and its quest to help craft a more land-based and enduring set of shared values. The New Agrarianism offers a compelling vision of this hopeful new way of living. It is an essential book for social critics, community activists, organic gardeners, conservationists, and all those seeking to forge sustaining ties with the entire community of life.
The New Agrarianism
Language: en
Pages: 334
Authors: Eric T. Freyfogle
Categories: Nature
Type: BOOK - Published: 2001-09 - Publisher: Island Press

The engaging writings gathered in this new book explore an important but little-publicized movement in American culture -- the marked resurgence of agrarian practices and values in rural areas, suburbs, and even cities. It is a movement that in widely varied ways is attempting to strengthen society's roots in the
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Language: en
Pages: 278
Authors: Todd LeVasseur
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-10-27 - Publisher: State University of New York Press

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Language: en
Pages: 296
Authors: Norman Wirzba
Categories: Nature
Type: BOOK - Published: 2010-09-29 - Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

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Language: en
Pages: 1635
Authors: Ken Albala
Categories: Reference
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Language: en
Pages: 208
Authors: J. Matthew Bonzo, Michael R. Stevens
Categories: Religion
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