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The New Farmer’s Almanac
Pages:360 pages
Book Art:Black-and-white illustrations throughout
Size:7 x 9 inch
Pub. Date:February 21, 2017

The New Farmer’s Almanac, Volume III

Commons of Sky, Knowledge, Land, Water

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Volume III of The New Farmer’s Almanac—360 pages of original agrarian content, essays, cartoons, imagery and historical snippets—harnesses the wisdom of over 120 contributors from our community of new farmers and ranchers. This volume explores the theme of The Commons, drawing from folklore, mathematical projections, empirical, emotional, and geographical observations of theory and praxis.

Farmers hold space in many interwoven commons, and possibilities for our shared future would seem to rest on how these intersecting commons are governed—particularly at the juncture of humanity and ecology where we make our workplace. In re-visiting the Almanac format, we assert our version of Americana and equip ourselves for the challenges of rebuilding the food system and restoring a more democratic, more diverse, and more resilient foundation for society.

We face a dystopian future, with guaranteed-unpredictable weather, the impending collapse of the fossil fuel economy, endlessly consolidating monopolies, and a country that is, for the first time in our history, majority urban. That’s why this Almanac is a utopian publication, one that reminds today’s farmers about the foundational concepts of an agrarian democracy—themselves utopian.

But we also reject the self-propelling logic of techno-utopia—dependent upon extraction economies and enclosure of common resources. We orient ourselves instead toward the words of Ursula Le Guin, who reminds us that our intent in utopian thinking should not be “reactionary, nor even conservative, but simply subversive. It seems that the utopian imagination is trapped, like capitalism and industrialism and the human population, in a one-way future consisting only of growth.”

This tidy volume holds a civil, lived testimony from people whose work, lifeworld, and behavior patterns beamingly subvert the normative values of the macro economy called America.

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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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