Sunday, June 24, 2007

Literature you could eat

"While his sideline may seem unusual, it places Peterson smack in the middle of an emerging literary movement: farmers who write. Their work encompasses a wide range of styles, from the homespun, mimeographed zine Farm News (which Sean Whalen, a Vermont farmer, seems to bang out on a malfunctioning vintage typewriter) to the polished op-ed page pieces sent out from Wes Jackson's nonprofit advocacy group, the Land Institute.Many of these writers say they are responding to the increased public appetite for food's back story. As they reveal their personalities, histories and insights, they bridge the distance between the people who grow food and the people who eat it. It's no coincidence that many of these writers operate small or midsize farms and sell directly to the public, either through farmers' markets or community-supported agriculture programs, or CSAs, in which customers purchase shares of a farm's harvest.
"I think it has something to do with the solitude, the magic, of the back field," he said. "That's what both a farmer and a writer cherish.""(Thanks Yasmine)

The world (read the West) is apparently going through a "farm phase". I didn't know when I started this blog.

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