This Blessed Earth

This Blessed Earth

A Year in the Life of An American Family Farm

Book - 2017
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"The family farm lies at the heart of our national identity, and yet its future is in peril. Rick Hammond grew up on a farm, and for forty years he has raised cattle and crops on his wife's fifth-generation homestead in Nebraska, in hopes of passing it on to their four children. But as the handoff nears, their small family farm— and their entire way of life— are under siege. Beyond the threat posed by rising corporate ownership of land and livestock, the Hammonds are confronted by encroaching pipelines, groundwater depletion, climate change, the fickle demands of the marketplace, and shifting trade policies. Add GMOs, pesticides, and fossil fuel pollution to their list of troubles and the question is: can the family farm survive in America?" -- Page [2] of cover.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780393292572
Branch Call Number: 630.9 Ge
Characteristics: 226 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm


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OPL_DavidD Jun 29, 2019

A good "how did we get here?" book The personal stories keep you engaged with how practice and policy affect the lives of farmers.

OPL_MelanieS Jun 14, 2019

An important look at historical and modern farming practices and how much things have changed since the early days of farming told through the lens of one family who has been working the land for generations.

Feb 05, 2019

THIS BLESSED EARTH was chosen as "One Book One Nebraska" 2019.
Nebraska’s Republican governor Pete Ricketts has refused to sign a proclamation honoring this book. The governor has not read the book and describes the author as "political activist" who has been critical of national leaders. All the more reason to read it! As a former Nebraskan, who grew up on a small farm, I can honestly say this book rings so true.

Jun 15, 2018

I grew up on a farm. It is pretty amazing how technology is changing -- but the worry and the work hasn't gotten any less.


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