[Market-farming] Good books

Marcia Duffy marciaduffy at cheshire.net
Mon Nov 28 09:39:33 EST 2005


Great reading:  "The Fate of the Family Farm" by Ronald Jager.  Lots to think about.

Marcia Passos Duffy
www.TheHeartofNewEngland.com

(I'm an ag writer as well)
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     1. Re: Good Book - The One Straw Revolution (Marty Kraft)
     2. Re: read anything good lately? (Robin  Follette)
     3. Re: read anything good lately? (Jill Bussiere)
     4. Re: Women's Voices in the 2007FarmBill--Pleaserespond]]
        (Robin  Follette)


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  Message: 1
  Date: Wed, 23 Nov 2005 08:37:23 -0600
  From: Marty Kraft <martyk at allspecies.org>
  Subject: Re: [Market-farming] Good Book - The One Straw Revolution
  To: Market Farming <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
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  Excellent book. There is one more u in Fukuoka, in case that's needed  
  to find it.

  Marty Kraft
  On Nov 22, 2005, at 7:20 PM, Craig Gilbert wrote:

  > Title:? The One Straw Revolution
  > Author:Masanobu Fukoka
  > ?
  > It is about a Japanese scientist who leaves the lab to go back to all  
  > natural rice and grain farming. All the inconsistencies of government  
  > programs, extension agents, and chemical companies re-framed into a  
  > Japanese farming world. Many insights into natural farming.? good  
  > read.
  > ?
  > It has been published by Rodale and I believe others. I bought a copy  
  > on EBay from New Zealand for approx $12.00 US.? Fast delivery, easy  
  > transaction
  > ?
  > Craig Gilbert
  > ?
  > ----- Original Message -----
  > From: "Ploughshare" <gjbrever at midwestinfo.net>
  > To: <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
  > Sent: Tuesday, November 22, 2005 11:31 AM
  > Subject: [Market-farming] read anything good lately?
  >
  > > Hi all,
  > >??? I'm in the mood to subscribe to some new farm and vegetable  
  > magazines as
  > > well as to read some good new books this winter.? Any suggestions? I  
  > already
  > > subscribe to "Growing for Market" and "Acres USA."? In regards to  
  > books...
  > > I'm hungry for something that I can really sink my teeth into--  
  > something
  > > that will excite me as much as Elliot Coleman and Vern Grubinger did  
  > when I
  > > first began farming.? Also, perhaps something about the "big picture  
  > idea"
  > > of farming--similar to Richard Manning. Perhaps there are some other
  > > publishers out there similar to Chelsea Green that I am unaware of.
  > > --Gary Brever
  > >
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  Message: 2
  Date: Wed, 23 Nov 2005 09:44:14 -0500
  From: "Robin  Follette" <marketfarmers at thymeforewe.com>
  Subject: Re: [Market-farming] read anything good lately?
  To: "Market Farming" <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
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  It is good.  I heard Frances speak last month.  Her powerful presence and 
  enthusiasm are contagious.  She's the best speaker I've ever heard.

  The book covers a lot.  She writes about closed businesses and government; 
  letting a small group of people make important decisions for our country. 
  "It's a symptom of thin democracy, something done to us or for us, not by or 
  with us.  Such democracy is always at risk of being stolen by private 
  interests or extremist groups, left and right."

  She talks about our food supply even on such a small scale as school 
  gardens.  I'm a school gardener.  I grow food with the kids at my daughter's 
  school, so this particularly interested me.  She also writes about sweat 
  shops, alternative energy, community farming and much more.

  Robin Follette
  www.thymeforewe.com  zone 4
  http://www.farm-garden.com/robin


    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: Jill Bussiere
    To: Market Farming
    Sent: Wednesday, November 23, 2005 9:26 AM
    Subject: Re: [Market-farming] read anything good lately?


    Robin,
        It sounds good - can you tell in a few sentences what the gyst of the 
  book is?

                    Jill Bussiere, Wisconsin
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  [mailto:market-farming-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org]On Behalf Of Robin Follette
      Sent: Wednesday, November 23, 2005 8:22 AM
      To: Market Farming
      Subject: [Market-farming] read anything good lately?


      I'm reading Democracy's Edge by Frances Moore Lappe (Diet For A Small 
  Planet).  Very interesting.

      Robin Follette
      www.thymeforewe.com  zone 4
      http://www.farm-garden.com/robin


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  Date: Wed, 23 Nov 2005 08:49:16 -0600
  From: "Jill Bussiere" <jdt at itol.com>
  Subject: Re: [Market-farming] read anything good lately?
  To: "Market Farming" <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
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  Does sound great!  Thanks!
              Jill
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  [mailto:market-farming-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org]On Behalf Of Robin Follette
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    To: Market Farming
    Subject: Re: [Market-farming] read anything good lately?


    It is good.  I heard Frances speak last month.  Her powerful presence and
  enthusiasm are contagious.  She's the best speaker I've ever heard.

    The book covers a lot.  She writes about closed businesses and government;
  letting a small group of people make important decisions for our country.
  "It's a symptom of thin democracy, something done to us or for us, not by or
  with us.  Such democracy is always at risk of being stolen by private
  interests or extremist groups, left and right."

    She talks about our food supply even on such a small scale as school
  gardens.  I'm a school gardener.  I grow food with the kids at my daughter's
  school, so this particularly interested me.  She also writes about sweat
  shops, alternative energy, community farming and much more.

    Robin Follette
    www.thymeforewe.com  zone 4
    http://www.farm-garden.com/robin


      ----- Original Message -----
      From: Jill Bussiere
      To: Market Farming
      Sent: Wednesday, November 23, 2005 9:26 AM
      Subject: Re: [Market-farming] read anything good lately?


      Robin,
          It sounds good - can you tell in a few sentences what the gyst of
  the book is?

                      Jill Bussiere, Wisconsin
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        Sent: Wednesday, November 23, 2005 8:22 AM
        To: Market Farming
        Subject: [Market-farming] read anything good lately?


        I'm reading Democracy's Edge by Frances Moore Lappe (Diet For A Small
  Planet).  Very interesting.

        Robin Follette
        www.thymeforewe.com  zone 4
        http://www.farm-garden.com/robin


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  Date: Wed, 23 Nov 2005 09:59:47 -0500
  From: "Robin  Follette" <marketfarmers at thymeforewe.com>
  Subject: Re: [Market-farming] Women's Voices in the
  2007FarmBill--Pleaserespond]]
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  Women's Voices in the 2007 Farm Bill-- Please respondPoint taken.  And it's 
  a good point.

  >>White men do not have a caucus - because they already have such power in 
  >>our society.

  Pamela Kingfisher addressed this in her talk.  I wish I'd taken better notes 
  but it was later Sunday morning and I was ready to hit the road to drive 
  home.  One of the things she said was that we need to start talking to some 
  of these men who are in power as though they are our husbands or sons.  She 
  said they need to hear a message similar to "smarten up."  Hopefully someone 
  else who was there will remember her words better than I do and reply.

  Robin Follette
  www.thymeforewe.com  zone 4
  http://www.farm-garden.com/robin


    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: Jill Bussiere
    To: Market Farming
    Sent: Wednesday, November 23, 2005 9:40 AM
    Subject: Re: [Market-farming] Women's Voices in the 
  2007FarmBill--Pleaserespond]]


    I agree that all have valuable contributions to make, and that we can 
  learn much from one another, no matter what our differences.

    Yet, I want to put forward that there are times when it is appropriate for 
  people to meet and exclude others.

    In an organization that I belong to, we have caucuses for groups of people 
  that are not well represented in society - groups that are less powerful 
  than others - groups that have even been repressed by our dominant society.. 
  These groups each elect a representative to the governing body to give them 
  more of a voice - a voice that is not as loud in our society or our 
  organization for both historical and traditional reasons.

    So, we have a Women's caucus, a Youth caucus, a Diversity caucus, and a 
  LBGT (Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay and Transgendered) caucus.

    White men do not have a caucus - because they already have such power in 
  our society.

    And yet, men, white men, and all, have valuable voices in our 
  organization, and, in fact, as in the rest of society, have a higher average 
  of representation in our organization than one would predict if one looked 
  at demographics.

    So, while a affimr the contribution of all voices in any organization, I 
  also affirm the encouragement of voices that are not as well represented.

    Besides caucuses, we also use consensus in decision making, as an attempt 
  to hear all voices.

    Not perfect, but both do help!

                    Jill Bussiere, Wisconsin
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  [mailto:market-farming-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org]On Behalf Of Robin Follette
      Sent: Wednesday, November 23, 2005 8:32 AM
      To: Market Farming
      Subject: Re: [Market-farming] Women's Voices in the 2007 
  FarmBill--Pleaserespond]]


      >>>>My defining moment in the women's ag movement came at the same 
  conference where Cheryl spoke.  This particular conference had a 
  pre-conference the day before that was only open to women.  After listening 
  to how it was a lovely program and this large regional organization should 
  put on more such conferences, I asked my dining table mates how it would be 
  if a conference would be staged where only men could attend?  <<<<

      Can you imagine?  We'd be screaming our heads off, and rightfully so.  I 
  attended the Women In Sustainable Ag conference in Vermont last month.  Men 
  were welcome.  They presented and also networked.   One of the best 
  conversations I had during the conference was with a male farmer who just 
  finished his second growing season.  It's a shame to shut people out based 
  on their sex.

      One of the most beneficial things to come from the WISA conference was 
  the boost many new and aspiring women farmers got by networking with other 
  women farmers.  I heard a lot of them saying, "I can Do that!"

      Robin Follette
      www.thymeforewe.com  zone 4
      http://www.farm-garden.com/robin


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