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Book Recommendation: Holy Shit

Managing Manure to Save Mankind
Saturday, August 31, 2013, 11:58 AM

I little while ago, I finished reading the book Holy Shit: Managing Manure to Save Mankind and thought others within our community might enjoy this fascinating read. With the recent discussions about making chicken compost tea and other adventures in garden composting setups on the site, I thought it timely to provide a link and help folks start thinking about another type of gold:  black gold

From Amazon:

In his insightful new book, Holy Shit: Managing Manure to Save Mankind, contrary farmer Gene Logsdon provides the inside story of manure-our greatest, yet most misunderstood, natural resource. He begins by lamenting a modern society that not only throws away both animal and human manure-worth billions of dollars in fertilizer value-but that spends a staggering amount of money to do so. This wastefulness makes even less sense as the supply of mined or chemically synthesized fertilizers dwindles and their cost skyrockets. In fact, he argues, if we do not learn how to turn our manures into fertilizer to keep food production in line with increasing population, our civilization, like so many that went before it, will inevitably decline.

It's time to put some real thought into how best to manage our waste streams for a more prosperous future and this book will help get you thinking in the right direction. Happy reading, and wish me luck in my next visit to the horse pasture to collect some gold. » Read more

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Book Highlight: The Good Food Revolution

Insights and inspiration on how change can happen
Thursday, August 30, 2012, 9:34 AM
A book sure to inspire and help motivate you to build better communities and change the way you think about sustainable urban farming.
Amazon Book Description:
A pioneering urban farmer and MacArthur “Genius Award” winner points the way to building a new food system that can feed—and heal—broken communities.

The son of a sharecropper, Will Allen had no intention of ever becoming a farmer himself. But after years in professional basketball and as an executive for Kentucky Fried Chicken and Procter & Gamble, Allen cashed in his retirement fund for a two-acre plot a half mile away from Milwaukee’s largest public housing project. The area was a food desert with only convenience stores and fast-food restaurants to serve the needs of local residents.

In the face of financial challenges and daunting odds, Allen built the country’s preeminent urban farm—a food and educational center that now produces enough vegetables and fish year-round to feed thousands of people. Employing young people from the neighboring housing project and community, Growing Power has sought to prove that local food systems can help troubled youths, dismantle racism, create jobs, bring urban and rural communities closer together, and improve public health. Today, Allen’s organization helps develop community food systems across the country.

An eco-classic in the making, The Good Food Revolution is the story of Will’s personal journey, the lives he has touched, and a grassroots movement that is changing the way our nation eats.

Find it on Amazon or support your local bookstore: The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities