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ISBN: 9781603580335
Year Added to Catalog: 2009
Book Format: Paperback
Book Art: Line drawings & photos
Dimensions: 6 x 9
Number of Pages: 312
Book Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Release Date: May 2, 2010
Web Product ID: 497

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Up Tunket Road

The Education of a Modern Homesteader

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A Professor Travels a Rocky Road to Find a Sustainable Life

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Scott Carlson

July 20, 2010

Tinmouth, Vt.—During my recent travels in the Northeast, I stopped at Solarfest, a festival where environmentally oriented people could attend seminars on sustainable farming and alternative energy, hear some famous speakers, buy hippie clothes and confrontational bumper stickers, and eat bean burgers.

The Commons

I was here to meet Philip Ackerman-Leist, a professor at Green Mountain College who was giving a talk based on the subject of his new book, Up Tunket Road: The Education of a Modern Homesteader (Chelsea Green Publishing). The book, which recently got a glowing review in the Los Angeles Times, documents Mr. Ackerman-Leist's views on the homesteading movement, along with stories about his own sometimes-difficult journey back to the land. (He and his wife lived in an old Vermont cabin without electricity or running water for seven years before he built a small, off-grid house on their acreage.)

I haven't read the whole book, but I have read chunks of it, and they are outstanding—well-written and contemplative, with dashes of humor. In telling his story, Mr. Ackerman-Leist, who has a background both in sustainable farming and in philosophy, not only gives people a guide to homesteading but also grapples with some very big questions: What are the promises and perils of seeking a sustainable life? What is the true meaning of efficiency? What is the role of higher education in teaching sustainability and practical skills?

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