This Blessed Earth: A Year in the Life of an American Family Farm by Ted Genoways

This Blessed Earth: A Year in the Life of an American Family Farm

The family farm lies at the heart of our national identity, yet its future is in peril. Rick Hammond grew up on a small ranch, and for forty years he has raised cattle and crops on his wife’s fifth-generation homestead in York County, Nebraska, in hopes of passing it on to their four children. But as the handoff nears, their small family farm—and their entire way of life—a...

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  • Roxanne
    This is a Goodreads win review. I may not have enjoyed this book so much when I lived in Palm Springs, CA for 38 years. In the part I lived in we only grew tourists. Down they grow figs, dates, grapefruit and other crops. The reason I really liked this book is because I now live in Kansas and when I...
  • Anna Marie Jonas
    I have even more respect for the men and women who farm after reading this book. A possible water crisis addressed in the book is troubling, though....
  • Rebecca Foster
    For the Hammonds, a Nebraska farming family, the 2014 harvest season started with a perfect storm of perilous circumstances: a spell of good weather led to nationwide crop overproduction and surpluses, which caused a drop in projected prices; then heavy late-summer rains delayed the harvest. Genoway...
  • Jenneffer
    This great book reads as smoothly as literary fiction, yet chronicles a really important subject in non-judgey tone. Ted Genoways has rural farm experience himself, but he doesn't draw solely on that to write this book. I learned some major reasons we grow corn and soybeans commercially today is str...
  • Linda
    I'm a city girl at heart and enjoy my home in a metropolitan area, but I grew up in Montana, have known ranchers, and spent a few days with some of them. My husband is from rural Illinois and his good friend he hunted with as a kid on Rob's family farm lives on his wife's home place now, while a nep...
  • Tuck
    Clear and succinct explanations of farming on USA , corn and soy beans mostly , using conventional organophosphates and manufactured fertilizer and gmo seed and aquifer water. Author does a great job explaining the water issues and how seed corn is produced and how gmo "works". Interesting highlight...
  • Douglas Lord
    'Unflinching' isn’t a term often bandied about when discussing farm reportage, but that’s what we have here in this journalistic take on the evolving “family farm” and what it means in contemporary ’Merica. American farms have gone through many ages and stages over the cours...

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