The Farm that Tried to Feed the World captures the charm, the promise, and the loss of a community in the Catskills. In part a personal story, the book presents a wide and steady view of all efforts at community living. Some on the Catskill Farm were sad when the land was sold, but, as they said on The Farm, there is no blame. As in her previous account of Farm life, Sweet Potato Suppers, Lapidus takes full responsibility for what happened to her in this related community. She writes, "If I had been different, I would have experienced those years differently. If I had been different, I would have created those years differently." There runs throughout this story an ancient thread, one much older than The Farm, older than The United States of America and the problems hippies were having with their culture and country. The author was seventeen when she first heard worries about the ecology of Earth. She wondered, How could puny man harm this huge planet? But, having heard that knell, how could she sit home and not investigate? The Farm that Tried to Feed the World draws together the many strands of her investigation.
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