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Farmer Jane [KINDLE] ❃ Farmer Jane ❧ Temra Costa – Farmer Jane profiles thirty women in the sustainable food industry describing their agriculture and business models and illustrating the amazing changes they are making in how we connect with food The Farmer Jane profiles thirty women in the sustainable food industry describing their agriculture and business models and illustrating the amazing changes they are making in how we connect with food These advocates for creating a holistic and nurturing food and agriculture system also answer uestions on starting a community supported agriculture CSA program how to get involved in policy at local and national levels and how to address the different types of renewable energy and finance them.

10 thoughts on “Farmer Jane

  1. Nicole McCann Nicole McCann says:

    too bad most of the women highlighted in this book are from the bay area this book was great but needed geographic diversification we all know the bay area has a fantastic food scene

  2. Heather Heather says:

    This book took me an unusually long period of time to finish I just could not get into it even though sustainable farming is a passionate topic for me The writing was mediocre and at times made assertions that were not backed up by any data other than the authors seeming personal opinions

  3. Heather Knape Heather Knape says:

    Lots and lots of information on women working on and working to change current food policy and farming Very eye opening a reference book to keep on hand than an enjoyable pre bedtime reader

  4. Karen Karen says:

    Not at all what I expected Liberal left wing slated perspective on activism Would have really enjoyed a well rounded book on women who farm There are women who farm who don’t live in Bay Area or other liberal Northern California communities who care about the land know how to conserve manage but are not liberal activists

  5. Raz Godelnik Raz Godelnik says:

    you were surprised by the fact that Michelle Obama took last Friday the spouses of 32 world leaders on a trip to the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in New York then you really shouldn't Sustainable and local food is becoming an increasingly significant topic and the First Lady is one of its leading supportersAnd she is not the only woman involved in this growing industry A growing number of women is dominating the field and 30 of them are profiled in the new book of Temra Costa Farmer Jane which is our green book of the weekHere are some details about this bookTitle Farmer Jane Women Changing The Way We EatWhat the book is aboutFarmer Jane profiles thirty women in the sustainable food industry describing their agriculture and business models and illustrating the amazing changes they are making in how we connect with food These advocates for creating a holistic and nurturing food and agriculture system also answer uestions on starting a community supported agriculture CSA program how to get involved in policy at local and national levels and how to address the different types of renewable energy and finance themAuthor Temra CostaTemra Costa is a nationally recognized sustainable food and farming advocate She has written for numerous publications on hot button issues such as Farm to School eating locally food safety and how to create regional food systems Her previous role as statewide director of California’s Buy Fresh Buy Local campaign and other positions held with Community Alliance with Family Farmers CAFF worked to engage stakeholders in our food system from farm to fridgeTemra works cooks gardens and writes in the East Bay of California She's a radio show co host on Green 960 wwwthegreenmorningcom works as a sustainable food systems consultant for various businesses and speaks at events throughout the yearPublisher Gibbs Smith PublishersThis is a very interesting book on an extremely interesting issue and I really enjoyed reading these personal stories so I decided to ask the author for an interview to learn about itHello Temra What was the reason you decided to write this book focusing on women in the sustainable food world?The timing was right As women are taking leadership roles in the food and farming sector as well as the business world in generalHow did you choose the women that you profile in the book?I chose the women in Farmer Jane by sending out a call for nominations I received responses from all over the country It was really amazingFrom the 30 women you profile on your book what story you felt mostly connected to on a personal level?Almost all of the women talk about heart and community Language that we're starting to hear about at least the community partYou write in the introduction to the book that women have long been underrepresented in the public sphere about the sheer amount of work they do at home and outside of the home do you believe this is still the case when we have such prominent women figures leading what you describe as the delicious revolution from Michelle Obama and Alice Waters to Anna Lappe and Judy Wicks?Women are still making less than men and will continue to be under acknowledged as long as the work that they do in the home with family and with community is not valuedDid you learn anything that surprised you while working on the book with regards to the role of women in the sustainable food industry?Yeah there are a lot of women ranchers out there Second to women entering farming and food businesses because of the interest in local foods is women cattle ranchers that are succeeding their husbands It's hard to imagine running a ranch without your partner but so many women areWhy do you think we see so many women involved with urban farming?It's small scale serves and builds community can be done in spare time accesses volunteerism and has an immediate purposeDo you think that we'll continue to see so many women in key roles if and when the sustainable food industry will shift from a movement to an industry that is focused on its business side?This is a great uestion I hope they are hired in the droves to do what they love and to make economic sense of it Ultimately it is our economic system that undervalues food and food producers This needs to change so that people can make a right livelihood without going corporateThe sustainable food industry is still relatively small in size do you believe we'll see it going mainstream in the near future?Not as long as our FDA and USDA is being primarily run by the food companies that we need them to protect us from Seriously sustainable food diversified foods handmade foods are counter capitalistic models because they are time intensive and hands on way of producing foodRestructuring the food system will happen out of necessity due to water shortages and distribution challenges that will start to make local food a environmental and economic choice for businesses Right now it's still riding a local food washing phase where there is a shift happening but not to the scale that those marketing it to people reuireWhat you're working on these days? Any new book in the horizon?Definitely I've really loved talking about this subject and in traveling around and celebrating women of food in various communities around the country I've got a few Farmer Jane seuel ideas that I'm working on at the momentThank you Temra To learn about Farmer Jane visit 're welcome to pick up Farmer Jane at your local independently owned bookstore To find an independent store near you click hereIn case you don't have an indie store close by the book is also available on For wholesale orders contact Gibbs Smith Publisher directly

  6. Lenore Webb Lenore Webb says:

    Ok so you know that in my heart I am trying to be a country gal It is not that as much as I want to have fresh food See I am a foodie big time And I love to taste fresh food in its most natural state So fresh raw veggies and fruits are my favorites We have tried to do a lil garden here with some decent results But it would be easier if I had tons energy or someone to help me with it Of course a lil farm euipment would not hurt either Yeah me up on a John Deere tractor is just the image you wantedBut women make the home and now we are also going back to the basics Women are growing their own food weather it be in lil side gardens or taking over the whole farm We are tired of paying high prices for organic food when we can do it ourselves So do not be surprised when you realize your a Farmer Jane You can read for yourself how to accomplish that lil feat Not only do I want to raise my own food but I want to be able to have enough to share too Okay I am really getting into this whole thoughtDo you have a hard time making enough to pay all the bills and have that really good meal on the table Well I am having that issue I am heavy and working on losing weight But fresh food is expensive If I can grow my own fresh veggies and fruits then I will have them here to eat Much better than that bag of chips that are easy and cheap I want to learn how to look at a way to do a small scale home farm Yeah add in those chickens and how about a lil cow? My in laws have the livestock of chickens cows ducks goats and sheep If we pull together I could grow the garden and they could raise the animals Share the cost and share the crops Not a bad lil idea I am going to read about Farmer Jane and the movement for women to make home gardens and farms thrive

  7. Naomi Naomi says:

    Some terrific stories mixed with myths of farming lead to a frustrating read for me The lack of attention to labor practices on many of the farms profiled relying as many mentioned do on volunteer and intern labor does not make the farms truly sustainable no matter what their environmental practices The need to rely on agritourism and high end marketing does not receive much consideration for it would reuire readers and the food movement as a whole to reflect on our myths and images often romanticized of what real food is and farming is Further without lifting up the real challenges in agricultural decision making organic does not necessarily mean no spray for example or the reality that there's GMO techniues that are not transspecies but help in rapidly moving forward needed breeding programs or how to feed a hungry world without turning back the clock to where 90% of the population needed to farm to survive we're not addressing fully the real work demanded of farmers and of folks who truly want a sustainable food system At the same time exploitative agricultural models are and have been destructive just as they have also had some short term important benefits like reducing the freuency of famines The answers are still being worked out Hurrah for innovators and experimenters like those profiled in this book Hurrah for the many farmers who wouldn't make it into a book this one but who are still helping us figure out how to feed our species and nourish the planet at the same time

  8. Kristi Kristi says:

    This book gives you a plethora of portraits and stories of women making a difference in the realms of sustainable agriculture and the food industry There are interludes between chapters that mention action points for the reader but they are cursory I would have loved to read about the movements and getting involved beyond the women's stories While their stories were interesting I felt the material could have gone into greater depth and breadth for the reader including how to and even the philosophical of why it matters

  9. Kelly Kelly says:

    I read this because a student recommended it to me after she learned how much I enjoyed The Dirty Life I enjoyed reading the stories of the 30 women showcased in this book The author uses the same format for all 30 and I find this helpful and a smart way to link all the stories The writing however is stilted and lacks emotional appeal so I felt distanced from what are obviously amazing women making radical impact on and changes to the food industry I like that the author offers many calls to action and provides concrete steps we can take If only this were written better

  10. Elizabeth Elizabeth says:

    Love love love this book It is so inspirational I want to farm now This books shows that no matter where you start you never know where you may end up your dreams are possible and you can change things for the better Every chapter ends with how you can make a difference There is something in here for everyone who wonders where their food comes from how to use your buying power to bring about change or how to start your own sustainable farm All of this brought to you by women

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