The author defied conventional, toxic and destructive farming methods that produce the so-called “cheap food” we all demand. Instead, he planted a small field with wheat and seeds of almost vanished wildflowers, used older types of machinery that were both more instructive of past methods and more forgiving for the soil. Neighbors - including the aptly dubbed “chemical brothers”, produced crops on poisoned and degraded land, barren of worms, insects, birds and animals. But in the modest compass of his Flinders field, John produced not only a goodly harvest for his farm animals, but also a bounteous refuge for a host of wildlife, from toads to hares, red legged partridges to humble earthworms.
In this gem of a book, written with deep knowledge, poetic lyricism and stark realism, the writer reveals to the reader not only the true value of sound conservation and insights from our forebears, but also the miserable wreck of nature and our own well-being wrought by multinational chemical companies and machinery manufacturers. Poignant, cogent and heart-lifting by turns, this book reached out to me as few have. I lived for 14 years just down the road on the breast of the Sugar Loaf mountain in South Wales, so I know the places, the names, the smell of woods and the plants of the hedgerows and love them just as much as he.
I commend this book to you. If you have an open mind, if you have any love for your fellow creatures on this abused planet, if you have any wish to see our modern situation squarely and fairly, buy, read, ponder... and then do something to make the world better, as John did.
- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: DOUBLEDAY UK (15 April 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0857523260
- ISBN-13: 978-0857523266
- Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 2.9 x 22.2 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 440 g
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