Farmer Jane : Women Changing the Way We Eat

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 5/15/2010
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith

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Farmer Jane profiles thirty women in the sustainable food industry, describing their agriculture and business models and illustrating the amazing changes they are making in how we connect with food. These advocates for creating a more holistic and nurturing food and agriculture system also answer questions on starting a community-supported agriculture (CSA) program, how to get involved in policy at local and national levels, and how to address the different types of renewable energy and finance them.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 6
Building New Farm-to-Eater Relationshipsp. 11
Advocates for Social Changep. 53
Promoting Local & Seasonal Foodp. 91
Networks for Sustainable Foodp. 129
Urban Farm Womenp. 163
The Next Generation of Sustainable Farmersp. 187
Sustainable Agriculture for a Sustainable Climatep. 204
The Lowdown on Farm Bill Advocacyp. 207
Urban and Peri-Urban Agricultural Parksp. 209
Acknowledgmentsp. 212
Endnotesp. 213
The Women of Farmer Jane & Resourcesp. 215
Bibliographyp. 219
Indexp. 222
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Claire's vision for the future is to "see a return of respect fortraditional farming and indigenous knowledge, in cooperation with thenewer forms of sustainable agriculture and new sustainable technologiessuch as biomimicry and organic farming. As human societies, we canreconnect and reestablish the precious interrelationships betweenpeople, plants, and place that have always sustained us.

"In so many ways," continues Claire, "industrial agriculture has beenthe source of social problems, pollution, poor health, poverty, and thedomination of nature. When we realize how fundamental food and farmingare to human life, we can begin to see that the way we eat is not justthe problem, but also the solution. By changing just this one aspect ofour lives-how we feed ourselves-we can restore our personal andplanetary health, the integrity of the natural world, and our rightrelation to it."

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