Hit By a Farm: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Barn by Catherine Friend

Hit by a Farm is a hilarious recounting of Catherine and Melissa’s trials of “getting back to the land.” It is also a coming-of (middle)-age story of a woman trying to cross the divide between who she is and who she wants to be, and the story of a couple who say “goodbye city life” — and learn more than they ever bargained for about love, land, and yes, sheep sex.
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From the Wood-Fired Oven by Richard Miscovich

Whether you have a wood-fired oven out back (or are planning to build one) or you bake in a conventional home oven, invest in your own copy and read it cover to cover. Even if you’ve got years of baking experience, you will find some great insights. And, after all, who can possibly have too many bread books?
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The Land Remembers by Ben Logan

In The Land Remembers, Ben Logan presents his childhood in a way that gives us all a feeling we were there, and at the same time we missed out.
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Christmas Remembered by Ben Logan

Author Ben Logan returns to the farmland of his youth in Christmas Remembered, a loving tribute to holiday rituals and the people who make them happen: people like his mother, who was married on Christmas Day, and people like his wife, who brought her own traditions from the mountains of Mexico.
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The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities by Will Allen and Charles Wilson

The story goes that Will Allen, son of South Carolina sharecroppers, never intended to become a farmer. In reality, Allen began growing and selling food at the age of 10. Today, he is leading a revolution to bring people back to the soil – urban, suburban, or rural soil – to grow their own food and discover the taste and connections that have been lost over the last 75 years of industrial agriculture.
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Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and Eric-Shabazz Larkin

While we want kids to know what nutritious foods look and taste like, and how to use and prepare them properly, the best place to start to give them the fundamentals is to teach them how to GROW their own food. Readers to Eaters’ new book, Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table, shows how a one man – a big, passionate, and determined man – started his own good food revolution when he took an empty city lot and turned it into an urban farm.
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Biodiversity in Agriculture, edited by Paul Gepts

Biodiversity in Agriculture

Exploring the cultural aspects of the development of agricultural ecosystems, the book also highlights how these topics can be applied to our understanding of contemporary agriculture, its long-term sustainability, the co-existence of agriculture and the environment, and the development of new crops and varieties.
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The Ecology of Agroecosystems by John Vandermeer

Agroecology is the science of applying ecological concepts and principles to the design, development, and management of sustainable agricultural systems. The Ecology of Agroecosystems highlights a collection of alternative agricultural methodologies and philosophies and provides an interdisciplinary approach that bridges the sociopolitical and historical context of agriculture.
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Cheesemonger: A Life on the Wedge by Gordon Edgar

Witty and irreverent, informative and provocative, Cheesemonger: A Life on the Wedge is the highly readable story of Gordon Edgar’s unlikely career as a cheesemonger at San Francisco’s worker-owned Rainbow Grocery Cooperative. Cheesemonger is the first book of its kind—a cheese memoir with attitude and information that will appeal to everyone from serious foodies to urban food activists.
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Eating on the Wild Side by Jo Robinson

Jo Robinson – not a next-door neighbor, but a neighbor nonetheless – lives on Vashon Island in the middle of Puget Sound. Until this year, Jo was known as a grass-fed beef expert for her research and collection of data about the nutritional value of beef raised on grass rather than grain. With the publication of Eating on the Wild Side, Jo turned her expertise to fruits and vegetables in order to “reclaim the nutrients and flavor we’ve lost” over millennia of natural selection and selective breeding.
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Chelsea Green