Farm Together Now by Amy Franceschini

By Amy Franceschini

With curiosity in domestic gardening at an all-time excessive and issues approximately nutrients creation and defense making headlines, Farm jointly Now explores the present country of grassroots farming within the U.S. half oral heritage and half treatise on foodstuff politics, this attention-grabbing venture is an advent to the numerous people who are generating sustainable nutrients, demanding public coverage, and constructing neighborhood organizing efforts. With hundreds and hundreds of photos and a foreword from New York Times columnist Mark Bittman, Farm jointly Now will teach, encourage, and domesticate a brand new wave of contemporary agrarians.

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At one time I thought this was the way to go, because the organic market is a premium market. The big guys have found a way to tunnel into that market and, by name only, once they [conformed to] the national organic standards, they diluted the organic name—“organic” doesn’t mean as much to consumers as it used to.  So nowadays it’s more about local foods, and it’s not so important to be certified organic. Jim and Ron Knopik have two hundred head of grass-fed black angus. Dean “Whitey” Johnson butchers chickens in the mobile meat-processing facility for North Star Neighbors.

There’s no joining fee, and generally, when you are here, whatever work you do goes toward the common pool. When you leave, often the community will give you a leaving fund. What bodies of ecology and food production thought do you subscribe to? GW: Because there’s so many people involved here, we’re not real rigid about one particular methodology. Mostly we’re growing soil. We are trying to increase fertility and productivity in all our soils, in the gardens, in the fields. We bring in insects, create microclimates that are favorable, maintain the natural habitats.

What I hear, though, is a general agreement (and a sentiment I share) that we all need to be more involved in farming. Most of us are consumers, of course, and we’ll remain so. But it’s likely that more and more of us will become farmers, for a variety of reasons. There’ll be fewer industrial jobs; we see this already. Food will inevitably rise in price, not only because it’s more expensive to produce good food than mass-processed foodstuff, but also because resources are going to become scarcer and this, combined with declining land costs, will make it more attractive for young people to stay on family farms or start their own.

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