A Small Farm Future: Making the Case for a Society Built Around Local Economies, Self-Provisioning, Agricultural Diversity and a Shared Earth

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A Small Farm Future: Making the Case for a Society Built Around Local Economies, Self-Provisioning, Agricultural Diversity and a Shared Earth

by Chris Smaje, 320 pages. 6x9, softcover. After outlining a set of ten dire challenges we can no longer ignore, Chris Smaje centers agriculture at the core of many of society’s problems. Through a wide lens, he examines the history and practices of agriculture as he seeks solutions to issues surrounding climate, energy, soil, water, land and health, among others. Ultimately, Smaje falls squarely in the camp of the small-holding as a highly efficacious part of the solution. In much of the world, small farms still exist, tenacious and in reciprocal relationship with their local economies, rooted and ready in the face of a failing global political economy. Learning from their successes and seeking to make a shift where industrial agriculture holds sway, how best do we envision the new alternative agriculture? In the city, the apothecary garden, the agroforest, the arable corner? These are the questions and landscapes envisaged. This could be a studious companion text to Charles Eisenstein’s Climate: A New Story, which takes a more heart-centered approach to similar territory. -Nikos Kavanya


9760 A Small Farm Future: Making the Case for a Society Built Around Local Economies, Self-Provisioning, Agricultural Diversity and a Shared Earth
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