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Fruitful Labor ❰Ebook❯ ➩ Fruitful Labor Author Mike Madison – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk 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 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 booksAs the average age of America's farmers continues to rise we face serious uestions 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 fulfillingIn 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 levelPithy readable and highly relevant this book covers both the ecology and the economy of a truly sustainable agriculture Although Madison's farm is uniue the broad lessons he has gleaned from his than three decades as an organic farmer will resonate strongly with the new generation of farmers who work the land wherever they might liveThis 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 techniues 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.

4 thoughts on “Fruitful Labor

  1. Carol Glanville Carol Glanville says:

    Realty interesting Meticulously written to include details on every aspect of the value of small farms Also demonstrates the philosophical side of community building in an interdependent economy I’m not a small farmer or even a very productive backyard Gardener but I learned a lot from this book about our political system and the lost art of a focused life

  2. Melissa Melissa says:

    I would like to thank the publisher author and NetGalley for providing an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest reviewI’m not certain if I can convey in words how excited I was to read Fruitful Labor My dream is to one day run a small alpaca ranch either during retirement or as a side hobby and I love reading little informative books on how to successfully run farms and ranches I dove straight into this book and ended feeling refreshed and inspiredFruitful Labor is the account of Mike Madison and his operation He runs a relatively small farm sitting on roughly 20 acres in the Sacramento Valley of California where he produces various fruits and flowers but specializes in olives I really appreciated that he was upfront about the purpose of this book If you are expecting advice on how to start or run a farm this probably isn’t the book for you Instead he focuses on protocols that he has tried both the ones that worked and those that didn’t Topics vary from soil maintenance to tools on the farm to governmental certifications The one thing that Madison incorporated into this primer that all others I have read to this point have lacked is ecology While not touched on explicitly in several sections it remained a constant guide for his actions I am probably uite biased on this being a biologist myself Normally in order to maximize profits agricultural industries tend to assume that what is best for the crops is to eliminate all other organisms and increase yield by whatever means However taking the ecology into account thinking about the beneficial insects and “weeds” that can give back to the soil and so on a farm can reach a self sufficient and less destructive euilibrium with the environment while maintaining an income for the local farmerEven though this book was not designed to provide a course of action for running a business I nevertheless found myself taking notes on numerous occasions There were so many “aha” moments and little details that I know will make a difference in the future Reading methods and expert opinions from someone I could immediately trust all he needed to do was say he worked as a researcher in the tropics I was instantly transported to my own little patch of heaven my one day farm and I was instilled with an excitement that I really needed right now with the short dark way too cold days If you are interested in agricultural management this book deserves a place in your collection

  3. Greg Cohen Greg Cohen says:

    I can’t remember if I heard an interview with the author on NPR or if it came up as a suggestion after reading a book on family farming last year by Ted Genowayswhich was definitely an NPR referralWhile the Genoways book had a save the family farm type of feel a la Farm Aid a truly noble cause by the way this book was almost a textbook for small scale farming However it is written in a very easy to follow memoir like prose that makes it a page turner Not that actuarial tables on farm production isn’t a thrilling read to the non agronomist Anyone interested in the agricultural business on the small scale should read this book

  4. David Jacobson David Jacobson says:

    This is a detailed but concise look into the operation of a small scale family farm of the type that feeds into a farmer's market The author Mike Madison is a farmer's farmer but he is sensitive to the sorts of uestions that non farmers would want to have answered And while he has been close to his work for thirty years he is able to train a critical lens on it as well in what sense is his farm really sustainable? Are there better choices he could have made? Could a young farmer today repeat his success? The answer to the last uestion is no Madison operates his farm near Davis California where property values are such that a new farmer could never afford to buy land today He opens his tax returns up for analysis and we see that while his farm would be worth 15 million if he sold it his and his wife's annual income after expenses is only 28000 But while his particular situation is high unrepresentative the kinds of issues he raises in discussing his farm—sustainability energy budget hand vs mechanical labor water etc—are the issues one would need to consider when thinking about any agricultural operation Plus it is always a joy to hear someone speak passionately about their life's work

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