Michael Ableman - sustainable agriculture, organic farming

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  Rooster, by Michael Ableman

"This is a timely and powerful portrait of the new agrarian movement that is sweeping this country. Michael Ableman's compelling stories and exquisite photographs tell a story that we too often forget; that the richness and beauty of our food is inextricably connected to a community of innovative and passionate farmers and to the land that they nurture."
- Alice Waters, Chez Panisse restaurant

"For "Fields of Plenty: A Farmer's Journey in Search of Real Food and the People Who Grow It," his third book, Ableman, nearly 50, leaves the farm midsummer for the first time in 20 years, striking out in a 1989 VW van ("essentials" packed include a wooden fife and two blues harmonicas) with his grown son Aaron, leaving his wife and 2-year-old son behind to tend to his own fields of plenty.who've stood against the monoculture of corporate agriculture, people who drive their own produce to market or to local kitchens, in the inner city and out the rural routes, who grow 22 kinds of eggplant or 56 cereals, from the Northwest through California, to New Mexico, Wisconsin, Maine, Delaware and back across, 25 farms in all.The array of people and produce, the recipes and almost-lurid photographs that illustrate the fields Ableman visits and the meals he's fed, are almost enough to convert some of us pencil pushers out of the cubicles and back to the soil."
- Oregonian

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