Garden Book: Farmer Jane

Garden Book: Farmer Jane
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I  have to be honest here and admit that I accepted the review copy of this book simply because I thought the book cover was nice. When I received the book I realized it was not what I was expecting. It is a profile of 26 women involved in sustainable food movement. “Is this really necessary?” I thought to myself. “Why do we need a book specifically about women involved in food?” To prove to myself that the premise of the book was pointless I decided to make a mental list of women I knew involved in either producing or educating people on the subject. I couldn’t name one. I switched to men and immediately came up with two names.
Farmer Jane: Women Changing the Way We Eat profiles 26 women involved in the sustainable food industry. The women range from advocates and activist to farmers. Farmers like Nancy Vail who spent some time at Angelic Organics here in Illinois. Nancy started Pie Ranch with her husband, Jered, and her friend Karen Heisler. Their farm in Pescadero, California, is and educational farm that uses the pie theme to draw in visitors, educate youth and brings sustainable organic food to nearby urban communities. 
Food is a feminist issue. Women are involved in every aspect of feeding families from the farm to table. Farmer Jane is a much needed book that recognizes that and highlights the role women play in nurturing healthier living. While Farmer Jane is by a woman and about women, it isn’t solely for women. It is filled with thought provoking ideas and tips for everyone, from farmers to eaters and those toying with the idea of becoming farmers. If you care about the food you eat, then you should care about who produces it and how. 
Farmer Jane is written by Temra Costa and published by Gibbs-Smith and retails for $15.99. There is also a website and blog for the book. I received my review copy for free. 


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  • I'm so glad you reviewed this one! I have a copy sitting here that I'm supposed to review for Planet Green, and I haven't gotten around to it yet. It sounds like an interesting read.

  • In reply to cvanderlinden:

    Colleen, well you can just copy this one (wink!) ;-)

    MBT, It sounds interesting! My niece's other cool aunt (lulz), who grew up on a farm, has a tattoo of a Deere tractor that she helped rebuild with her dad. It's, like, all empowering and stuff.

  • In reply to gardenfaerie:

    Ha, I hope she at least uses bigger words than I did when she copies this one. :9)

    (for those reading this: we're referencing an inside joke and Colleen would never copy an article.)

    That tattoo sounds cool. Certainly better than all the ones you see people get that doesn't have any meaning to them.

  • In reply to MrBrownThumb:

    I get asked what my tattoos mean all the time. They do not remind me of my dead father. I get them because I like them. Best reason!

    What constitutes "educating people on the sustainable food movement?" In my own small way, I consider myself one of those people.

  • In reply to AnarchyGarden:

    Adriana, I've been keeping up with the work you're doing in California and I consider you one of those people too. You do good work and hope you keep it up.

  • In reply to cvanderlinden:

    It is an interesting read. I wish I hadn't waited so long to review it. It has a lot of information that made this fast food connoisseur think about the crap I put into my body.

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