Discover a world full of books!
Add this book to bookshelf
Grey
Write a new comment Default profile 50px
Grey
Read online the first chapters of this book!
All characters reduced
Fruitful Labor - The Ecology Economy and Practice of a Family Farm - cover

Fruitful Labor - The Ecology Economy and Practice of a Family Farm

Mike Madison

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

  • 0
  • 0
  • 0

Summary

"Instead of taking us through his work, season by season, crop by crop--the narrative approach--Madison explores his farm and its methods analytically, from many overlapping angles. The result is profoundly interesting." -- The New York Review of Books

 
As the average age of America’s farmers continues to rise, we face serious questions about what farming will look like in the near future, and who will be growing our food. Many younger people are interested in going into agriculture, especially organic farming, but cannot find affordable land, or lack the conceptual framework and practical information they need to succeed in a job that can be both difficult and deeply fulfilling.

 
In Fruitful Labor, Mike Madison meticulously describes the ecology of his own small family farm in the Sacramento Valley of California. He covers issues of crop ecology such as soil fertility, irrigation needs, and species interactions, as well as the broader agroecological issues of the social, economic, regulatory, and technological environments in which the farm operates. The final section includes an extensive analysis of sustainability on every level.

 
Pithy, readable, and highly relevant, this book covers both the ecology and the economy of a truly sustainable agriculture. Although Madison’s farm is unique, the broad lessons he has gleaned from his more than three decades as an organic farmer will resonate strongly with the new generation of farmers who work the land, wherever they might live.

 
*This book is part of Chelsea Green Publishing’s NEW FARMER LIBRARY series, where we collect innovative ideas, hard-earned wisdom, and practical advice from pioneers of the ecological farming movement—for the next generation. The series is a collection of proven techniques and philosophies from experienced voices committed to deep organic, small-scale, regenerative farming. Each book in the series offers the new farmer essential tips, inspiration, and first-hand knowledge of what it takes to grow food close to the land. 

Other books that might interest you

  • Manifest $10000 - Learn How to Manifest 10000 by Using the Law of Attraction and Improving Your Money Mindset - cover

    Manifest $10000 - Learn How to...

    Cassie Parks

    • 0
    • 3
    • 0
    To someone on the outside it seems like some people just naturally win the lottery – by a stroke of circumstance, they are a money magnet.  
     In reality, even if money was handed to someone on a silver platter, they have to manage to keep it and allow more in. That has more to do with a strong money mindset than with being lucky.  
     After Cassie Parks realized she could change her money beliefs to become one of “those” people who easily make and keep money, she spent years figuring out exactly how to change her money mindset. Now that she has, her money mindset supports money coming into her life easily and sticking around for the party. Parks has spent the last two years teaching other people how to manifest more money into their lives –whether they were entrepreneurs, employees or unemployed. The step-by-step process Parks teaches is the basis of Manifest $10,000.  
     Directions to the intersection of abundance, mindset, ease, and grace is what you will find in Manifest $10,000. Using inspiring stories about people who have manifested more money into their lives, and providing instructions and analysis about why others haven’t been successful in the past, Parks will guide you through the process of learning to manifest $10,000 into your life in the next 90 days – in a way that feels simple and fun.
    Show book
  • Instant Communication Skills - How to Improve Communications Skills Instantly! - cover

    Instant Communication Skills -...

    INSTANT Series

    • 0
    • 1
    • 0
    The Instant-Series Presents "Instant Communication Skills"
     
    How to Improve Communications Skills Instantly!
     
    Are you having trouble being heard or problem being misunderstood?
     
    Nowadays, it's more mandatory than ever to have good communication skill!
     
    Do you find it hard to talk to people, or when you do, you don't know exactly what to say and can't get the words out, not speaking very well, causing you frustrations?
     
    If you lack communication skills, you will have a hard time conveying your message, meeting people, and being taken seriously at work, home, and in life.
     
    Don't let the handicap of poor communication skills hold you back in anything.
     
    Within "Instant Communication Skills":
     
    * This one quickest and easiest thing you can do now to improve your communication skills so you can come off more attractive.
     
    * The crucial "think-on-your-feet communication" and how to work on it so to not only communicate better but faster, especially if it's a matter of life or death.
     
    * Best practices of how to be a better communicator so everybody will want to talk to and be around you, and putting them into action.
     
    * What to do in when you're having a conversation in your communication to magnetically build an instant connection, and how to do it.
     
    * Even cover the art of written communication and ways to be more effective at it without doing it wrong.
     
    * Plus, custom practical "how-to" strategies, techniques, applications and exercises to improve your communication skills.
     
    ...and much more.
     
    Become a much more effective communicator now!
    Show book
  • Zen Money Map - Charge Your Worth Pay Yourself First and Fund Your Wildest Dreams - cover

    Zen Money Map - Charge Your...

    Liz Lajoie

    • 0
    • 1
    • 0
    Bridges the gap between nitty-gritty financial, how-to, and bigger picture strategies for successful entrepreneurs
    Empowers readers to use left-brain logic to meet right-brain magic
    Encourages creative entrepreneurs to embrace their numbers and grow a business they love
    Teaches online entrepreneurs how to use their money to their advantage … in and out of their business
    Helps business owners go from money mess to money master
    Features practical steps to building a bridge from business to personal finances
    Shows entrepreneurs how to establish positive money flow and use it to flourish
    Show book
  • Delight Your Customers - 7 Simple Ways to Raise Your Customer Service from Ordinary to Extraordinary - cover

    Delight Your Customers - 7...

    Steve Curtin

    • 0
    • 1
    • 0
    Great customer service is rare. In fact, one survey found that while 80 percent of companies described themselves as delivering "superior" service, consumers estimated the number at a mere 8 percent. The problem, according to service expert Steve Curtin, is actually quite simple. When asked what their work entails, most employees list the duties and tasks associated with their position. Very few refer to the true essence of their job, which should be their highest priority-to create delighted customers who will be less price sensitive, have higher repurchase rates, and enthusiastically recommend the company or brand to others. Without this customer focus, all that exists is a transaction-and transactional service does not make a lasting positive impression or inspire loyalty. In Delight Your Customers, Curtin reveals three elements common to all exceptional service experiences. He also makes a compelling case that attention needs to shift from monitoring service activities to modeling, recognizing, and reinforcing the behaviors that actually create happy customers, such as expressing genuine interest, offering sincere compliments, sharing unique knowledge, conveying authentic enthusiasm, providing pleasant surprises, and delivering service heroics when needed. Illustrated with real-world stories and examples, this refreshing guide helps readers everywhere take their customer service from ordinary to extraordinary.
    Show book
  • Collaborating with the Enemy - How to Work with People You Don’t Agree with or Like or Trust - cover

    Collaborating with the Enemy -...

    Adam Kahane

    • 5
    • 27
    • 0
    Collaboration is increasingly difficult and increasingly necessary Often, to get something done that really matters to us, we need to work with people we don't agree with or like or trust. Adam Kahane has faced this challenge many times, working on big issues like democracy and jobs and climate change and on everyday issues in organizations and families. He has learned that our conventional understanding of collaboration—that it requires a harmonious team that agrees on where it's going, how it's going to get there, and who needs to do what—is wrong. Instead, we need a new approach to collaboration that embraces discord, experimentation, and genuine cocreation—which is exactly what Kahane provides in this groundbreaking and timely book.
    Show book
  • Cutting Onions - Leadership Lessons Learned From the Restaurant Industry - cover

    Cutting Onions - Leadership...

    Bobby Shaw

    • 0
    • 1
    • 0
    Cutting Onions shares restaurant executive Bobby Shaw’s journey from starting out as an hourly employee at McDonald’s to becoming a senior executive in the restaurant industry, what he learned along the way, and how it changed the course of his life and countless others. 
    
    The importance of culture is referenced by many leaders trying to build an organization, but it isn’t always reflected in the day-to-day actions of that organization. This leadership guide chronicles the journey of one leader through one of the most challenging and rewarding industries, eventually inspiring hundreds of other leaders along the way to do more than they ever thought possible. Bobby dives into the challenges he overcame and how, along the way, he learned the importance of building a strong culture in which people wanted more for each other than they wanted for themselves. Cutting Onions tells the story of a restaurant that figured it out and tied the results they achieved right back to their culture, represented by the simple, everyday things that, as all leaders learn, are the most important.
    Show book