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Listed below are five books that might be of particular interest to supporters of campus farms. The first is specifically about campus farms. The others might better be called books related to the locavore movement. Campus farms are by their nature part of the locavore movement. Berry and Kingsolver are brilliant writers. Kingsolver is also a DePauw alum. The Omnivore’s Dilemma was named one of the ten best books of 2006 by both the New York Times and the Washington Post, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.
Fields of Learning by
Publication Date: 2011-06-07
Where will the next generation of farmers come from? What will their farms look like? Fields of Learning: The Student Farm Movement in North America provides a concrete set of answers to these urgent questions, describing how, at a wide range of colleges and universities across the United States and Canada, students, faculty, and staff have joined together to establish on-campus farms as outdoor laboratories for agricultural and cultural education. From one-acre gardens to five-hundred-acre crop and livestock farms, student farms foster hands-on food-system literacy in a world where the shortcomings of input-intensive conventional agriculture have become increasingly apparent. They provide a context in which disciplinary boundaries are bridged, intellectual and manual skills are cultivated together, and abstract ideas about sustainability are put to the test. Editors Laura Sayre and Sean Clark have assembled a volume of essays written by pioneering educators directly involved in the founding and management of fifteen of the most influential student farms in North America. Arranged chronologically, Fields of Learning illustrates how the student farm movement originated in the nineteenth century, gained ground in the 1970s, and is flourishing today -- from the University of California--Davis to Yale University, from Hampshire College to Central Carolina Community College, from the University of Montana to the University of Maine.
Reclaiming Our Food by
Call Number: Roy O. West General Collection SB324.3 .C63 2011
Publication Date: 2011-10-21
Tells the stories of people across the United States who are finding new ways to grow, process, and distribute food for their own communities. Discover how abandoned urban lots have been turned into productive organic farms, how a family-run sustainable fish farm can stay local and be profitable, and how engaged communities are bringing fresh produce into school cafeterias.
Bringing It to the Table by
Call Number: Roy O. West General Collection S441 .B472 2009
Publication Date: 2009-08-18
Long before organic produce was available at your local supermarket, Wendell Berry was farming and writing with the purity of food in mind. In recognition of Berry's influence, Michael Pollan offers an introduction to this new collection. "To read the essays in this sparkling anthology," he writes, "many of them dating back to the 1970s and 1980s, is to realize just how little of what we are saying and hearing today Wendall Berry hasn't already said, bracingly before."
The Omnivore's Dilemma by
Call Number: Roy O. West General Collection GT2850 .P65 2006
Publication Date: 2006-04-11
As the cornucopia of the modern American supermarket and fast food outlet confronts us with a bewildering and treacherous landscape, what's at stake becomes not only our own and our children's health, but the health of the environment that sustains life on earth. Pollan follows each of the food chains--industrial food, organic or alternative food, and food we forage ourselves--from the source to the final meal, always emphasizing our coevolutionary relationship with the handful of plant and animal species we depend on.
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by
Call Number: Roy O. West General Collection S521.5.A67 K56 2007
Publication Date: 2007-05-01
When Kingsolver and her family move from suburban Arizona to rural Appalachia, they take on a new challenge: to spend a year on a locally produced diet, paying close attention to the provenance of all they consume. “Our highest shopping goal was to get our food from so close to home, we'd know the person who grew it. Often that turned out to be ourselves as we learned to produce what we needed, starting with dirt, seeds, and enough knowledge to muddle through. Or starting with baby animals, and enough sense to refrain from naming them.”