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Life in the Kolache Belt: Reflections from the Intersection of Food,...

In some ways, the little farming community of Hallettsville where I have spent a writing sabbatical still resides in a simpler time. Czechs and...

Fences, Vines, Bees, and Huge Chickens

Hidden Springs Lane. We’re building fence this summer. I purchased 150 eight foot posts and we’ve been slowly planting them. We’re putting a paddock...

History as Parable

History is never merely history.

Where Will You Die?

Hidden Spring Lane. “I plan on dying here.” The words came quite unbidden and surprised me. We were in the process of building a...

Memory and the Damming State

The family’s life in this village had come to an end when the lake was dammed in 1958. One wonders who would consider such things worth it.

Getting the Garden Going, One Baby-Step at a Time

This academic year Friends University found itself wondering what to do with a plot of land, directly beside and behind some student dormitories. Through...

On Being a Worthy Heir of the Agrarian Contrarians

But, as Shakespeare wrote, we sometimes “by indirections find directions out.”

The Food Broker

Big-city economic development from the pasture up.

Occupy Food! (And Other Simple Things)

As Christmas and the end of 2011 approaches, I find myself thinking gratefully about what Leroy Hershberger has enabled my students and me to...

Global Warming, Local Farming, and Naomi Klein: A Trip to the...

Wichita, KS A couple of weeks ago some fine intellectuals, political figures, journalists, and activists associated with this blog gathered together to talk about localism,...