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Synopsis: Part celebration of a farm community, part case study in successful land-use planning, Farming on the Edge offers what could be a nationwide model for farmland preservation.
During the 1960s Marin County, across the Golden Gate from San Francisco, had plans to build suburbs almost from shore to shore. Freeways were about to cut across the farmland and land prices were rising. The struggling dairy industry seemed doomed.
Then in 1970 a group of politicians, farmers, and citizen activists forged an alliance to protect the county's agricultural land from suburban "conversion." An uneasy alliance at first, with ranchers and environmentalists used to waging battle with each other over zoning strictures, it has grown into a friendship based on profound respect and trust.
At a time when the United States is in danger of becoming the world's first suburban country, John Hart's profiles together with Joan Rosen's photographs of Marin ranchers and their families eloquently evoke the tough-mindedness, the sense of stewardship, and the rooted way of life that make the family-farm inheritance vital to preserve.
From the Inside Flap:
"Farming on the Edge contains a story that needs repeating throughout our land. It is a reminder that cities cannot exist without country, that farmers, neglected by society, are in fact a living heritage as important to our development as schools, music and art, to be honored and treasured. . . . It is our responsibility to sustain life on our farms, supporting farmers and a way of life that has always been the foundation and basis of culture."—Paul Hawken, Smith & Hawken
"A great book! Marin County has made a wonderful start in making the Bay Area greenbelt a reality."—Larry Orman, Executive Director, Greenbelt Alliance
"An unusual glimpse into a community that has succeeded in preserving its agricultural heritage."—Ralph Grossi, President, American Farmland Trust
Title: Farming on the Edge: Saving Family Farms in ...
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: 1992
Book Condition: very good
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Book Description University of California Press, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Great condition with minimal wear, aging, or shelf wear. Bookseller Inventory # P020520070550
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Book Description University of California Press, U.S.A., 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. A beautifully clean, crisp, hardcover copy in fine condition. Near fine DJ in mylar cover; faintly rubbed. NOTE: Oversize volume; no priority or overseas Amazon orders. Bookseller Inventory # 024114
Book Description University of California Press, Berkeley, CA, U.S.A., 1991. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. First Edition. Forward by Wendell Barry with photographs by Joan Rosen. Saving family farms in Marin County, California. Bookseller Inventory # 001689
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