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This Blessed Earth

A Year in the Life of an American Family Farm

Ted Genoways (Author)

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"A history book, an economics text, even a soap opera of sorts. If we eat, we should know." —Minneapolis Star Tribune

The family farm lies at the heart of our national identity, and yet its future is in peril. Rick Hammond grew up on a farm, and for forty years he has raised cattle and crops on his wife’s fifth-generation homestead in Nebraska, in hopes of passing it on to their four children. But as the handoff nears, their family farm—and their entire way of life—are under siege on many fronts, from shifting trade policies, to encroaching pipelines, to climate change. Following the Hammonds from harvest to harvest, Ted Genoways explores the rapidly changing world of small, traditional farming operations. He creates a vivid, nuanced portrait of a radical new landscape and one family’s fight to preserve their legacy and the life they love.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • Forthcoming November 2018
  • ISBN 978-0-393-35645-8
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 240 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide including Canada, Singapore and Malaysia, but excluding the British Commonwealth.

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