Farms with a Future

Creating and Growing a Sustainable Farm Business

Author: Rebecca Thistlethwaite

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

ISBN: 1603584390

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 304

View: 4549

What makes a farm sustainable and successful? And what special qualities and skills are needed for someone to become a successful farmer? Rebecca Thistlethwaite addresses these and other crucial questions in this uniquely important book, which is a must-read for anyone who aspires to get into farming, or who wants to make their farm business more dynamic, profitable, and, above all, sustainable. Over an entire year, the author and her husband-experienced farmers themselves-took a sabbatical and traveled the length and breadth of the United States to live and work alongside some of the nation's most innovative farmers. Along the way they learned about best practices, and a whole lot about what doesn't work. Farms with a Future shares this collective wisdom in an inspirational yet practical manner; it will help beginners avoid many of the common mistakes that first-time farmers make. Just as importantly, it discusses positive ideas that can help make any farm enterprise vibrant and financially profitable. Profiles of more than a dozen representative farms help round out the invaluable information and encourage farmers to embrace their inner entrepreneur. Younger growers, in particular, will benefit by learning about "the right stuff" from both their peers and longtime experts.This book provides a useful reference for beginning and experienced farmers alike. While many other books address agricultural production, there are very few that talk about business management for long-term sustainability. Farms with a Future offers an approachable, colorful take on building a triple-bottom-line farming business.

Natural Beekeeping

Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture

Author: Ross Conrad

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

ISBN: 1603583629

Category: Gardening

Page: 285

View: 9580

Offers an alternative to conventional chemical beekeeping practices with a natural hive management program, and includes information on bee anatomy, urban beekeeping, working with queens, mite control, and hive diseases.

Cows Save the Planet

And Other Improbable Ways of Restoring Soil to Heal the Earth

Author: Judith Schwartz

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

ISBN: 1603584331

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 240

View: 5449

In Cows Save the Planet, journalist Judith D. Schwartz looks at soil as a crucible for our many overlapping environmental, economic, and social crises. Schwartz reveals that for many of these problems—climate change, desertification, biodiversity loss, droughts, floods, wildfires, rural poverty, malnutrition, and obesity—there are positive, alternative scenarios to the degradation and devastation we face. In each case, our ability to turn these crises into opportunities depends on how we treat the soil. Drawing on the work of thinkers and doers, renegade scientists and institutional whistleblowers from around the world, Schwartz challenges much of the conventional thinking about global warming and other problems. For example, land can suffer from undergrazing as well as overgrazing, since certain landscapes, such as grasslands, require the disturbance from livestock to thrive. Regarding climate, when we focus on carbon dioxide, we neglect the central role of water in soil—"green water"—in temperature regulation. And much of the carbon dioxide that burdens the atmosphere is not the result of fuel emissions, but from agriculture; returning carbon to the soil not only reduces carbon dioxide levels but also enhances soil fertility. Cows Save the Planet is at once a primer on soil's pivotal role in our ecology and economy, a call to action, and an antidote to the despair that environmental news so often leaves us with.

Creating Food Futures

Trade, Ethics and the Environment

Author: Emyr Vaughan Thomas,Janice Jiggins,Dr Cathy Rozel Farnworth

Publisher: Gower Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1409460029

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 268

View: 4068

A global transformation in food supply and consumption is placing our food security at risk. What changes need to be made to the ways we trade, process and purchase our food if everyone in the world is going to have enough wholesome food to eat? Is there genuine scope for creating food futures that embrace considerations such as ecological sustainability and social equity as well as placing good food on the table - and making money? Drawing upon examples of innovative food chains in Europe, Canada, Africa and Latin America, leading academics and practitioners challenge the idea that individuals are powerless in the face of global supply chains and the legal apparatus protecting them. The authors do not, however, underestimate the scale of the task at hand. They explore the tensions and dilemmas inherent in innovative practice - such as the ethics of mainstreaming, balancing a variety of goals and the ways in which success is defined - as well as presenting success stories and explaining how they were achieved. Creating Food Futures provides you with inspiring examples of what is being done and thought-provoking suggestions for future work.

Choosing a Sustainable Future

Ideas and Inspiration from Ithaca, NY

Author: Liz Walker

Publisher: New Society Publishers

ISBN: 1550924648

Category: Architecture

Page: 288

View: 2166

A small city's big vision that can help transform your own community.

Home Grown

The Case for Local Food in a Global Market

Author: Brian Halweil

Publisher: Worldwatch Institute

ISBN: 1878071661

Category: Agriculture

Page: 83

View: 5536

The author explores the world's increasing dependence on long-distance food and presents simple alternatives to break a habit that is threatening not only farmers' livelihoods, but our environment and food security.

Contemporary Marketing, Update 2015

Author: Louis E. Boone,David L. Kurtz

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1305177436

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 784

View: 9599

CONTEMPORARY MARKETING Update 2015 has proven to be the premier teaching and learning solution for principles of marketing courses. This bestseller only grows stronger with each groundbreaking new edition, building on past milestones with exciting new innovations. The all-new Sixteenth Edition continues the tradition of delivering the most technologically advanced, student-friendly, instructor-supported text available. Current, relevant, and cutting-edge, CONTEMPORARY MARKETING remains in a class by itself. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

21st Century Geography

Author: Joseph P. Stoltman

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 141297464X

Category: Science

Page: 883

View: 6870

This is a theoretical and practical guide on how to undertake and navigate advanced research in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Sharing the Harvest

A Citizen's Guide to Community Supported Agriculture, 2nd Edition

Author: Elizabeth Henderson,Robyn Van En

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

ISBN: 1603580751

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 320

View: 468

To an increasing number of American families the CSA (community supported agriculture) is the answer to the globalization of our food supply. The premise is simple: create a partnership between local farmers and nearby consumers, who become members or subscribers in support of the farm. In exchange for paying in advance--at the beginning of the growing season, when the farm needs financing--CSA members receive the freshest, healthiest produce throughout the season and keep money, jobs, and farms in their own community. In this thoroughly revised and expanded edition of a Chelsea Green classic, authors Henderson and Van En provide new insight into making CSA not only a viable economic model, but the right choice for food lovers and farmers alike. Thinking and buying local is quickly moving from a novel idea to a mainstream activity. The groundbreaking first edition helped spark a movement and, with this revised edition, Sharing the Harvest is poised to lead the way toward a revitalized agriculture.

Villages in the Future

Crops, Jobs and Livelihood

Author: Detlef Virchow,Joachim von Braun

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9783540424673

Category: Political Science

Page: 410

View: 5393

Life in rural communities is bound to change with historically unprecedented speed in the coming decades. How will this change be guided by local, national and global policies in order to enhance the livelihoods of rural inhabitants and to overcome the growing division of rural and urban areas? The contributions in this publication, ranging from scientific papers to short reports from practitioners, are grouped around 4 major themes: political and institutional frameworks to foster rural development; natural resources management; broadening the technological base of rural economies; and improved linkages between urban and rural areas. The overall message is unanimous: there is a promising future for the rural areas worldwide if adequate policies can be enforced and more efficient and fair institutions can be created.

Climate Change and Sustainable Development

Ethical Perspectives on Land Use and Food Production : EurSAFE 2012, Tübingen, Germany, 30 May-2 June 2012

Author: European Society for Agricultural and Food Ethics. Congress

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9086867537

Category: BUSINESS & ECONOMICS

Page: 526

View: 6905

Climate change is a major framing condition for sustainable development of agriculture and food. Global food production is a major contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions and at the same time it is among the sectors worst affected by climate change.This book brings together a multidisciplinary group of authors exploring the ethical dimensions of climate change and food. Conceptual clarifications provide a necessary basis for putting sustainable development into practice. Adaptation and mitigation demand altering both agricultural and consumption practices. Intensive vs. extensive production is reassessed with regard to animal welfare, efficiency and environmental implications. Property rights pay an ever-increasing role, as do shifting land-use practices, agro-energy, biotechnology, food policy to green consumerism. And, last but not least, tools are suggested for teaching agricultural and food ethics.Notwithstanding the plurality of ethical analyses and their outcome, it becomes apparent that governance of agri-food is faced by new needs and new approaches of bringing in the value dimension much more explicitly. This book is intended to serve as a stimulating collection that will contribute to debate and reflection on the sustainable future of agriculture and food production in the face of global change.

Turn Here Sweet Corn

Organic Farming Works

Author: Atina Diffley

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 0816677719

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 335

View: 9637

An organic farmer relates her family's experiences and struggles in the industry as they faced challenges ranging from inclement weather to the threat of eminent domain.

Social Welfare Policy for a Sustainable Future

The U.S. in Global Context

Author: Katherine S. van Wormer,Rosemary J. Link

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1483322424

Category: Social Science

Page: 448

View: 8695

Unique in its use of a sustainability framework, Social Welfare Policy for a Sustainable Future by Katherine S. van Wormer and Rosemary J. Link goes beyond U.S. borders to examine U.S. government policies—including child welfare, social services, health care, and criminal justice—within a global context. Guided by the belief that forces from the global market and globalization affect all social workers in their practice, the book addresses a wide range of relevant topics, including the refugee journey, the impact of new technologies, war trauma, global policy instruments, and restorative justice. A sustainability policy analysis model and an ecosystems framework for trauma-informed care are also presented in this timely text.

Development Challenges, South-South Solutions: December 2012 Issue

E-newsletter of the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation in UNDP

Author: David South, Writer

Publisher: DSConsulting

ISBN: N.A

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 18

View: 6441

Development Challenges, South-South Solutions is the monthly e-newsletter of the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation in UNDP (www.southerninnovator.org). It has been published every month since 2006. Its sister publication, Southern Innovator magazine, has been published since 2011.

West Greenwich

Author: Kathleen A. Swann

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 9780738575995

Category: History

Page: 128

View: 1343

Incorporated in 1741, West Greenwich is the least densely populated and the most heavily forested municipality in Rhode Island. Bountiful timber and streams provided raw materials and power for mills and farms. In West Greenwich, photographs of beautifully rugged landscapes, with people working and enjoying the land, show the spirit of the community. This spirit continues today, with residents' efforts to preserve the town's rural character while transforming into a modern community. Brushes with fame include a World War II flying ace, visits from President Eisenhower and the King of Nepal, a connection to the death of King Charles I, and a James Gang hanging. West Greenwich presents the entwined histories of people and their land, in the historical context of a remote village moving into the 21st century.

Grass-Fed Cattle

How to Produce and Market Natural Beef

Author: Julius Ruechel

Publisher: Storey Publishing

ISBN: 160342587X

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 384

View: 5272

Successfully raise grass-fed cattle and enjoy the benefits of great-tasting beef and a financially stable enterprise. In this comprehensive guide, Julius Ruechel covers every aspect of raising healthy and thriving grass-fed cattle, offering advice on herd selection, pasture management, medical care, necessary equipment, winter grazing, slaughtering procedures, and more. With tips on creating a viable business plan and identifying niche markets for your beef, Ruechel provides everything you need to know to develop a profitable and environmentally sustainable grass-fed cattle operation.

Blue Future

Protecting Water for People and the Planet Forever

Author: Maude Barlow

Publisher: The New Press

ISBN: 1595589481

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 336

View: 796

In her bestselling books Blue Gold and Blue Covenant, world-renowned water activist Maude Barlow exposed the battle for ownership of our dwindling water supply and the emergence of an international, grassroots-led movement to reclaim water as a public good. Since then, the United Nations has recognized access to water as a basic human right—but there is still much work to be done to stem this growing crisis. In this major new book, Barlow draws on her extensive experience and insight to lay out a set of key principles that show the way forward to what she calls a “water-secure and water-just world.” Not only does she reveal the powerful players even now impeding the recognition of the human right to water, she argues that water must not become a commodity to be bought and sold on the open market. Focusing on solutions, she includes stories of struggle and resistance from marginalized communities, as well as government policies that work for both people and the planet. At a time when climate change has moved to the top of the national agenda and when the stage is being set for unprecedented drought, mass starvation, and the migration of millions of refugees in search of water, Blue Future is an urgent call to preserve our most valuable resource for generations to come.

Healthy Food, Farms & Families

Hunger 2007, 17th Annual Report on the State of World Hunger

Author: N.A

Publisher: Bread for the World Inst

ISBN: 9781884361166

Category: Food supply

Page: 175

View: 9889