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The New Farmer's Almanac
Pages:256 pages
Book Art:Black and white illustrations
Size:6.75 x 8.5 inch
Pub. Date:February 16, 2015

The New Farmer’s Almanac, Volume 2

A Contemporary Compendium for Agrarians, Interventionists, and Patriots of Place

Foreword by Severine Von Tscharner Fleming
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The theme of the second New Farmers Almanac is “Agrarian Technology.” With contributions from more than a hundred authors, artists and other contributors, the Almanac holds a civil, lived testimony from thoughtful agrarians across the continent whose work, life, and behavior patterns beamingly contradict normative values of the macro-economy called America.

Agriculture, in principle a pre-requisite for what we now call civilization, seems to have become a portal for deliberate, cultural and joyous retort against it. Historians cite very few agricultural societies that managed without servitude and hierarchy—necessary in order to maintain the irrigation, water-works and infrastructures. Exceptions in commons-based land governance abound in the literature, if not in the prime ecosystems of human habitation: the conical land-sharing of the Hawaiian aina, the 10,000 year corn culture of the Abenaki, the perennial water gardens and spiritual algorithms of paisley-shaped rice paddies.

Greenhorns are dedicated to the project of holding space for producer (not consumer) culture; this volume is the sequel to our commitment in this direction. Essays in this volume shoot out like spider-webs across the wide chasm of impossibility—the glorious rescue mission whose daily requirements keep us human, hopeful, and operating inside the scale of possibility. What future can we realistically build together? Will it need electricity? Will it need globalization? Will it continue to require the power of history on our side of exploitation? These practices we’ve found: biodynamics, permaculture, resilience breeding, state-change in the soil, reformats of ownership, reclaiming the value-chain, re-tooling for diversity, committing to lifetimes of partnership… How long before they allow us to reach steady-state? Do they require interns? Do they require servants making silicon chips? Do they require, absolutely require, the internet? Which technologies are relevant to, appropriate to, and gestating within the new agrarian mind? Through the threshold of our email-box, and into the pages of this volume, some answers have come to this question.

In this volume you will find answers to practical questions about institutional forms, and future-making:restoration agro-forestry, reclaiming high desert urban farmland, starting a co-op, pickup truck maintenance, pirate radio utopia, cheap healthcare, farming while pregnant, worksonging, farm terraces, and quite a few more…

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About Greenhorns

The New Farmer’s Almanac is published by the Greenhorns, a ten-year-old grassroots organization whose mission is to promote, support, and recruit the incoming generation of organic farmers and ranchers. Based in Downeast Maine, the Greenhorns have produced diverse media and publications including films, radio, guidebooks, parties, and exhibits. The new (permanent!) headquarters in an 1896 Odd Fellows Hall has been called “Reversing Hall.” Visitors are welcome to our agrarian research library, seasonal workshops, and fun family camping on the saltwater farm down the road. We are nearly to Canada, with acres of wild Maine blueberries, mussels and clams, edible seaweeds, mossy forest in every direction, and dozens of grown-over grandmother orchards to restore and use for cider. Join the mailing list to get our calendar of naturalist trainings and adventures land and sea.

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