“This is a book of personal reflections on farms, farming, and farmers. VanDerPol talks about the weather, people and communities, and better ways to produce food and to live. From his base in Minnesota, he gives his thoughts about the way agriculture has changed and what can be done to make it better.” Marion Nestle, food studies scientist and author of Food Politics.
“Jim Van Der Pol has the talent as a writer to share his unique wisdom through compelling stories of life on a real family farm.” John Ikerd, agricultural economist and author of Sustainable Capitalism.
“Anyone who wants to experience what living a life of wellbeing looks like in the real world, as well as get a clear understanding of the many things that stand in the way of living such a life for most of us, should read this engaging book.” Frederick Kirschenmann, author of Cultivating an Ecological Conscience: Essays From a Farmer-Philosopher.
“Jim is an authentic voice from our movement. Plain spoken and poetic, a read through these essays will bring urbanites closer to the land, and farmers more deeply to their roots. I love this book.” Shannon Hayes, Sap Bush Hollow Farm, author of Radical Homemakers.
“These essays show us that agri-culture and agri-business are two entirely different worlds. This is a book about good farming.” David Kline, farmer and editor of Farming Magazine.
“Jim VanDerPol is a farmer- writer who writes with clarity and skill about how agribusiness has changed not only our relationship with the land and our food, but how our sense of community and connection to one another has been displaced as well.” Patricia Larenas, author on eatdrinkbetter.com.
Jim talks about his book on a May 30, 2012 radio interview on the Responsible Eating and Living Show.