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The Call of the Land: An Agrarian Primer for the 21st Century
Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development
  • Kim L. Niewolny, Virginia State University
  • Nancy K. Franz, Dr., Iowa State University
Document Type
Book Review
Peer Reviewed
1
Publication Date
8-1-2010
Abstract

According to Hinrichs and Lyson (2007), lessons learned from the university and the field are increasingly helping us to participate in a flourishing movement to transform the North American food system. Readers new to this movement sometimes struggle to identify a primer that is accessible and grounded in real-world examples. The Call of the Land: An Agrarian Primer for the 21st Century lends itself as a tool for such readers, as it not only illustrates a foundational agrarian ethos historically argued by Wendell Berry and Wes Jackson, but it also outlines a variety of practical models and approaches to inform the practice of local food system development. For most of the book, McFadden draws upon the lived experiences of various practitioners, farmers, and educators to reveal his agrarian philosophy and subsequent suggestions to better “live with the land” (p. 32). The result is a broad overview of issues affecting the trajectory of food and farming development, and an introduction to several approaches we might take to alter this unsustain- able path. McFadden’s ethical stance for agrarian transformation strongly influences these issues and strategies for change.

Comments

This Book Review is from Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development; 1(1) 2010: 3-5. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner
New Leaf Associates, Inc.
Language
en
Date Available
2015-2-24
File Format
application/pdf
Citation Information
Kim L. Niewolny and Nancy K. Franz. "The Call of the Land: An Agrarian Primer for the 21st Century" Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development Vol. 1 Iss. 1 (2010) p. 3 - 5
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/nancy_franz/51/