Food from the Radical Center : Healing Our Land and Communities
by Nabhan, Gary Paul

Introduction: Conservation You Can Taste1(8)
Chapter 1 A Land Divided
Chapter 2 Farming in the Radical Center
Chapter 3 Will Work for Dirt
Chapter 4 Replenishing Water and Wealth
Chapter 5 Bringing Back the Bison
Chapter 6 Teach a Community to Fish
Chapter 7 Plant Midwives
Chapter 8 Strange Birds Flock Together
Chapter 9 Herders of Many Cultures
Chapter 10 Immigrant Grains
Chapter 11 Urban Growers and Rare Fruits
Chapter 12 Return of the Pollinators
Chapter 13 You Can Go Home Again
Appendix. The Conservation Couplets163(4)
Literature Cited167(12)

Author Gary Paul Nabhan, a leader of the local food movement, has written other books on food and agriculture; he is affiliated with the University of Arizona's Southwest Center. In this accessible work for general readers, students, and activists, he advocates for community-based environmentalism to heal political and racial divisions in our communities, to preserve food sources native to North America, and to expand sustainable farming and foodways. The author describes the work of various organizations and initiatives such as the American Livestock Conservancy, the Camas Prairie Cultural Ecosystems Incubator, the Intertribal Buffalo Council, and the Society for Ecological Restoration. Annotation 2018 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

Gary Paul Nabhan is the Kellogg Endowed Chair at the University of Arizona’s Southwest Center. He is author or editor of more than thirty books, including Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land; Where Our Food Comes From; and Renewing America’s Food Traditions. Honored with a MacArthur “genius” award, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, the John Burroughs Medal for nature writing, and other awards, Gary is recognized as the father of the local food movement.

In this collection of success stories, Nabhan (Where Our Food Comes From, 2008), generally recognized as the father of the local food movement, suggests that one way of bridging America's deep divides is through communally shared projects designed to increase overall access to healthy, natural food. The book presents a series of scenarios-mostly grassroots movements ranging from revitalizing exhausted soil to cultivating pollinator populations, reintroducing heritage vegetables, or opening up free-range grazing opportunities-that have resulted in fruitful outcomes (both literally and figuratively). Profiles center on one or two people who started with a personal vision, sparked recognition and participation, and turned their aspirations into reality, resulting in shared senses of purpose and benefits for their entire communities-all while triggering trends toward natural-food sources. Names, anecdotes, and insights help personalize these stories, and Nabhan's cited literature selections include websites of organizations that support similar initiatives. Both informational and inspirational, this will be of interest to foodies, conservationists, and environmentalists alike. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

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