This Blessed Earth

This Blessed Earth

A Year In The Life Of An American Family Farm

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The family farm lies at the heart of our national identity, and yet its future is in peril. Rick Hammond grew up on a farm, and for forty years he has raised cattle and crops on his wife's fifth-generation homestead in Nebraska, in hopes of passing it on to their four children. But as the handoff nears, their family farm--and their entire way of life--are under siege on many fronts, from shifting trade policies, to encroaching pipelines, to climate change. Following the Hammonds from harvest to harvest, Ted Genoways explores the rapidly changing world of small, traditional farming operations. He creates a vivid, nuanced portrait of a radical new landscape and one family's fight to preserve their legacy and the life they love.
ISBN: 9780393356458
Branch Call Number: BOOK CLUB BAG Genoways / This #2

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OPL_DavidD Jun 29, 2019

A good "how did we get here?" book The personal stories keep you engaged with how practice and policy affect the lives of farmers.

"I like the how the author weaves the personal stories in with the larger events, which shows how policy decisions can affect day to day life and livelihoods."

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OPL_MelanieS Jun 14, 2019

An important look at historical and modern farming practices and how much things have changed since the early days of farming told through the lens of one family who has been working the land for generations.

"A must read for anyone with little experience about the realities of family farms."


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OPL_DavidD Jun 29, 2019

A good "how did we get here?" book The personal stories keep you engaged with how practice and policy affect the lives of farmers.

OPL_MelanieS Jun 14, 2019

An important look at historical and modern farming practices and how much things have changed since the early days of farming told through the lens of one family who has been working the land for generations.

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navymom
Feb 05, 2019

THIS BLESSED EARTH was chosen as "One Book One Nebraska" 2019.
Nebraska’s Republican governor Pete Ricketts has refused to sign a proclamation honoring this book. The governor has not read the book and describes the author as "political activist" who has been critical of national leaders. All the more reason to read it! As a former Nebraskan, who grew up on a small farm, I can honestly say this book rings so true.

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patcarstensen
Jun 15, 2018

I grew up on a farm. It is pretty amazing how technology is changing -- but the worry and the work hasn't gotten any less.

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