Molly's Organic FarmWhoosh . . . the wind blows open a creaky gate. Inquisitive and mischievous, a homeless little cat scampers through—and suddenly finds herself in the wondrous world of an organic farm! Affectionately named "Molly" by the farmers who discover her, she romps, naps, and hunts among the vegetables. Seen through Molly's eyes, the reader discovers the interplay of nature that grows wholesome food. But what will happen to Molly when winter comes? Based on a true story, Molly will touch children's hearts while introducing them to plants and the key elements of growing food organically. Standards-based science concepts and ...
Today even the small or hobby farmer has to contend with his or her share of machinery-and keeping that machinery running smoothly can cost far less (and perhaps afford the mechanically minded farmer greater pleasure) if it is done right on the farm. For the new farmer or the urban transplant who would like to do just that, this book offers clear, detailed instructions and plenty of practical advice on setting up a farm workshop. Writing in a straightforward, easy-to-follow style and drawing on a wealth of experience, author Rick Kubik outlines 15 projects that will take you from the planning stages to the workbench. Beginning with such basic issues as what kind of building best suits your goal-should you remodel, add on, build anew? This book covers every detail of structure, safety, lighting, heating and ventilation, electrical systems, information management, storage, clean-up, and organization. Kubik also includes a list of frequently used tools and equipment. For the farmer who wants to keep his own tractors and implements in tip-top shape, or the country dweller who simply likes to tinker, this comprehensive how-to manual will get him or her started in a workshop that is as useful, efficient, well-equipped, and safe.
By now most of us are aware of the threats looming in the food world. The best-selling "Fast Food Nation" and other recent books have alerted us to such dangers as genetically modified organisms, food-borne diseases, and industrial farming. Now it is time for answers, and "Slow Food Nation" steps up to the challenge. Here the charismatic leader of the Slow Food movement, Carlo Petrini, outlines many different routes by which we may take back control of our food. The three central principles of the Slow Food plan are these: food must be sustainably produced in ways that are sensitive to the environment, those who produce the food must be fairly treated, and the food must be healthful and delicious. In his travels around the world as ambassador for Slow Food, Petrini has witnessed firsthand the many ways that native peoples are feeding themselves without making use of the harmful methods of the industrial complex. He relates the wisdom to be gleaned from local cultures in such varied places as Mongolia, Chiapas, Sri Lanka, and Puglia. Amidst our crisis, it is critical that Americans look for insight from other cultures around the world and begin to build a new and better way of eating in our communities here.