The New Farmer's Almanac, Volume VI: Adjustments and Accommodations
Published by: Greenhorns
Imprint: Chelsea Green Publishing
Sales Date: 2023-03-07
Published: March 2023
Imprint: Chelsea Green Publishing
Page Count: 300 Pages
Illustrations: Black-and-white illustrations throughout
Dimensions: 166.00 x 216.00
300 Pages, 166.00 x 216.00 x 32.00 mm, Black-and-white illustrations throughout
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The newest volume of the eclectic biannual anthology from Greenhorns, a grassroots network for recruiting, promoting, and supporting new American farmers.
The New Farmer's Almanac Volume VI: Adjustments and Accommodations seeks to recognize our own collective agency in the face of sizable uncertainties. The morphing climate, ongoing culture of land dispossession, continuing global pandemic, shifting and intensifying weather patterns, and migrations of all species—spurned by political and environmental upheaval—are considered within. There is adaptability in each bloom of algae; tiny particles of inspiration can enliven lives and farm systems; the natural currents and connected sentience of the living earth moves genetic material. Dynamic flux and rapid change remain possible.
The power of the forces—the river, the wind—are summoned and given thanks, like our ancestors did. Here, we tune to the potential of the commons. Contributors from around the Earth reflect on natural systems, logistics of change, localization, resource sharing, and preservation; we eye new experiments in planting, seed breeding, and composting. The past is contextualized by the present, informing our ideas for the future. Climate grief and cognitive dissonance are examined among imaginations of urban food systems and equitable access. Readers are invited to envision tweaks to the carbon cycle; to see intercropping as a life practice and sharing dinner as an embodied preservation of cultural foodways.
This compendium of ideas, strategies, and arguments honors the almanac tradition in featuring archival and contemporary words and artwork. Photos, maps, prints, drawings, and gems from the archives rest—and agitate—among personal essays, reports from the field, poetry, and interviews. Join us in exploring resilience, responsiveness, adaptation, and accommodation.
Featured contributors include:
- Fallen Fruit Collective
- The Farwoods
- Suzanne Husky
- Oliver Kellhammer
- Nance Klehm
- The Land Institute
- Gary Snyder
- Vincent Medina and Louis Trevino of Cafe Ohlone
- Maia Wikler
"If you are not yet addicted to the New Farmer's Almanacs, this edition will do it. Reading it from a deep familiarity with Maine and New Mexico, I learned and enjoyed alot about those places, among many others. A marvelous collection of poetry, essays, and images, it will inspire the agricultural and ecological activism for which the Greenhorns are known."—Lucy Lippard, author of Undermining: A Wild Ride Through Land Use, Politics, and Art in the Changing West
"The New Farmers Almanac offers a much-needed pulse on the reflections and ruminations of land-based people and projects—our challenges, joys, sorrows, and hopes. I always look forward to the Almanac's yearly compilation of art, poetry, and essays from voices old and new. It is heartening to know that there are so many engaged in good, thoughtful, and creative work in the world."—Tao Orion, author of Beyond the War on Invasive Species: A Permaculture Approach to Ecosystem Restoration
"I love the Greenhorns and their New Farmer's Almanac. The Almanac is a perennial source of inspiration, featuring diverse perspectives and very eclectic information. I recommend it for anyone involved in or aspiring to agrarian adventures or ecological action."—Sandor Ellix Katz, Fermentation Revivalist and New York Times bestselling author of The Art of Fermentation, Wild Fermentation, and Sandor Katz's Fermentation Journeys
"The New Farmer’s Almanac is a revolutionary compendium of the newest and most thoughtful thinking about land and food. Published biennially, this series is essential reading and reference for anyone who shares the idea that food production is due for a shift in power — away from agribusiness and back into the hands of farmers. It is also fascinating lampside reading for anyone who loves poetic literature about the land."—Megan Prelinger, Co-founder of the Prelinger Library and author of Inside the Machine: Art and Invention in the Electronic Age
"The New Farmer's Almanac points the way forward by contextualizing the past, celebrating resilience and upholding imagination as a powerful force."—Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association
"Perhaps the greatest difference between The New Farmer's Almanac and its predecessors is in its multiplicity. Instead of having one voice dictate the forecast for the year, The New Farmer's Almanac grows organically from the voices of the farmers that contribute to it."—Bangor Daily News
"The Greenhorns’ Almanac is a glorious gallimaufry of assembled wisdom and agrarian rejoicing. It harkens back to an era of hand-powered platen presses, handwritten letters, and good conversation. A welcome addition to any farmer's or gardener's mantle, or attractively splayed in a beam of sunlight on a summer porch."—Patrick Kiley, Publication Studio