BACK TO THE FARM
Bright young men and women used to graduate and head
for Wall Street or a top corporate law firm. Today more and more
of them are heading back to the land. After all, which would you rather
do wear a suit and slave in a cubicle or spend your days
on your own land, growing food for yourselves and your neighbors. In this
hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, America's small farm renaissance.
The lure of the pastoral life and the vision of a new agrarian culture.
Writer Michael Pollan ("The Omnivore's
Dilemma" and "In Defense of Food") tells Steve Paulson
that a lot of what's on supermarket shelves isn't food and that Americans
have many options if they want to improve the quality of their diet.
He recommends going organic, shopping at farmer's markets and using
CSA's. He says healthy food may cost more up front, but it all evens
out when you factor in the health care costs of eating junk. Also, We
visit the Dane County Farmer's Market, just a
few blocks from our studios, and hear from the farmers who sell their
crops there. And, Brad Kessler was a writer in New York City.
He's still a writer, but now he lives on 75 acres in Vermont with a
small herd of goats. His book "Goat Song: A Seasonal Life, A short
History of Herding, and the Art of Making Cheese" talks about what
it's like to live with the animals that feed you. Kessler tells Jim
Fleming about his life, his goats, and making chevre.
We hear a bit more from the farmers of the Dane County
Farmer's Market about what they've brought to market today. Also, writer
and cartoonist Lynda Barry ("Ernie Pook's Comeek")
is an outspoken left-wing intellectual with an urban sensibility who
now lives off the grid in
rural Wisconsin. She tells Steve Paulson how that happened. Barry's
latest graphic novel is called "What It Is."
Writer Michael Perry is the author of "Truck:
A Love Story" and "Coop: A Year of Poultry, Pigs and Parenting."
He talks with Anne Strainchamps about his life combining writing with
the new "back to the land" movement, and how he reconciles
aspects of animal husbandry like butchering with raising his small daughters.
CD copies are available at 1-800-747-7444.
Ask for program number 09-10-04-A.
- - After Michael Pollan: Puffy,
off of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones CD, Little Worlds.
- -After Brad Kessler: Getting in the Cows,
by Charlie Maguire. On his CD Long Way to Another Friend.
(Charlie Maguire and Mello-Jamin Music). CX 2583
- - After farm market visit #2: Dont Look
for Me, by Jeffrey Foucault. On Putumayo Presents: American
Folk. (Putumayo World Music)
- - After Lynda Barry: Off the Top, from
Bela Fleck and the Flecktones CD, Little Worlds. (Columbia
- Close music: Country Life, by Dan Zanes
and Donald Saaf, off the CD Catch that Train! by Dan Zanes
and Friends. (festival five records)
week of 08/01/2010 - hour 1
week of 10/04/2009 - hour 1
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