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These authors help put sustainable farming in perspective.
Avery vs. Salatin Debate -- Sustainable
farmer Joel Salatin and think-tank analyst Dennis Avery -- who both reside in
tiny Swoope, Va. -- square off on talk radio (82K).
Growing 'International Markets' -- A
humorous look at an exciting new "crop."
Ole & Sven Go Organic -- Scandinavian
humor at its best, a tongue-in-cheek parable on the eve of federal organic
|The Contrary Farmer -- Essays by Gene Logsdon|
They'll Put A Spell On You -- The Contrary Farmer
uses anatomically correct language (consider yourself warned) to describe the
startling effects of endocrine disruptors..
Thoughts On Economic "Inevitability" --
The Contrary Farmer points out that the predictions of ag economists are far
from a sure bet.
|The Poet's Corner|
Cow Dreams -- Poems by Steve Lucas -- In the
tradition of the Cowboy Poets but with a modern grazier's twist. Enjoy!
Amazing Grazing -- In our grazing
area, New York dairyman Dick Warner sings the praises of pasture in this poem
set to the tune of the old spiritual.
-- From the Cornell
Composting site, an entertaining ditty from the legendary folk singer Lee
Hays of the Weavers. For more odes to compost, see the Compost Resource Page's
Manure Happens --
Cowboy poetry er...cowgal poetry of Hilma (Volcano) Volk. Site features works
of other cowboy poets and links
to other cowboy poetry sites. Current (5/29/97) lead poem, "Outhousing"
delivers a memorable punchline.
-- From the soil science department at the University of Wisconsin, emeritus
professor Francis Hole provides a few samples of his soil poetry and song.
Can Organic Agriculture Feed the
World? ... And Is That the Right Question? -- North Dakota organic
farmer and sustainable farming activist Fred Kirschenmann, refutes the notion
that all-out, high-input production for the global marketplace is the only way
to feed the world.
Hightower Radio -- Love him or hate him,
former Texas Commissioner of Agriculture Jim Hightower always gets you thinking.
Check out his decidedly populist commentaries or tune in to his call-in program
As the Worm Turns --
The folks at the N Bar Land and Cattle Company say this e-zine "grew out of
our interest in alternative agriculture systems and the need to share thoughts,
concerns and joys of rural people worldwide." Free subscriptions for the
email version, plus back issues archived at N Bar's website. Includes essays
(for example see Marty Strange's "As I Leave This Place" in the
sample back issue),
poetry, fiction, commentaries and a calendar of events.
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