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Ran writes with energy and passion” Hannah Nordhaus author of The Beekeeper’s Lament“Horan’s new book evocatively describes the peril and promise of family farms in America I loved joining him on this journey and so will you” TA Barron author of The Great Tree of AvalonIn Seeds novelist and nature writer Richard Horan sought. There are two stories going on in this book One is the stories of all the farmers small farmers mostly organic enjoying bringing something beautiful from the land fighting the big guys figuring out solutions to their daily problems We meet wheat farmers in Kansas potato farmers in Maine cranberry farmers in Massachusetts blueberry farmers in New York walnut farmers in California and The other story is that of the author who begins the book somewhat depressed and bitter about living in America When he gets this idea to travel around the country harvesting crops with whatever small farmers will let him he brings his complicated self with him He is indeed a willing worker He is also sometimes smart mouthed and goofy I found some of his editorial comments distracting I found his Native American allusions particularly annoying Most of the time I thought that the book would be better if it had about the farmers and less about Richard HoranBut then he kind of won me over again at the end when he reports that he felt a new hopefulness after meeting so many kind hospitable down to earth gracious wholesome people He won me over because I feel that same hopefulness doing my backyard garden and eating my CSA vegetables There really is something about bringing food straight from the earth Big Ag is doing its Big Ag thing but there is a grassroots underground that is just as real And it is fun to read about

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Harvest Author Richard Horan

“Richard Horan has brought us a welcome view of America to defy the prevailing political and financial nastiness This is a timely and important book” Ted Morgan author of Wilderness at Dawn“A lively visit with the dauntless men and women who operate America’s family farms and help provide our miraculous annual bounty Richard Ho. Sarah L Courteau Reviewed Richard Horan s Harvest An Adventure Into The Heart Of America s Family Farms The New Republic It s worth readingIf you really want to start a food fight leading to extraordinary vitriole just mention you are for or against organic food raw milk GMO veganism or whatever So it s with some trepidation I link to this review in the New Republic about Richard Horan s new book As someone who at one time in his life milked over 100 cows twice a day for several years and who now lives surrounded by several 1000 acre farms all family owned I know that things are not uite as simple as the advocates of both sides would have us believe Full disclosure I really really like big farm machinery see my photosIronically this is an argument that can occur only among those who never have to worry where their next meal comes from Those who are hungry can t afford to be picky and would be than happy with road kill When anti GMO types condemn and prevent Golden Rice from being introduced a product that has the potential solve a serious vitamin deficiency where rice is a major staple I think we need to reexamine our self righteous arroganceFrom the review Unfortunately personality and politics get in the way of Horan s good intentions The resulting book says a lot about what is wrong with today s food crusaders and I distinguish these from the many thoughtful and hard working people some of whom are sketchily profiled in Horan s book who are trying to help re balance a food system that is severely out of whack Our food choices matter but the food crusaders are so intent on preaching their gospel that they have developed withering scorn for anyone whose answer to the uestion What s for dinner differs from theirs But many organic and local foods proponents assume that they have already attained a moral victory and everyone who buys conventional stuff can go to hell A study published earlier this year in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science found that exposure to organic foods actually makes people less altruistic Subjects in three different groups were shown pictures of foods labeled organic like apples and spinach comfort foods like ice cream and brownies or neutral seeming control foods mustard rice oatmeal Afterward participants who saw the organic foods were willing to spend less time helping a stranger in need and their judgments of moral transgressions were significantly harsher than those who viewed the other foods The comfort food group was the most generous Someone please pass me the double chocolate chipFrom an article about the Social Psychological study The findings are especially interesting when considered hand in hand with previous studies including a 2010 paper in the journal Psychological Science titled Do Green Products Make Us Better People It found that when people feel morally virtuous about purchasing green or organic products they sometimes experience a licensing of selfish and morally uestionable behaviour otherwise known as moral balancing or compensatory ethics The 2010 study suggests that such a halo of green consumerism makes people less likely to be kind to others and likely to cheat and steal Note that I m not sure it s fair to go after those who prefer to eat organic food for feeling morally superior since the same kind of arrogance is obvious in those who ride bicycles don t drink that s me I m afraid exercise own guns belong to a church or indulge in any kind of behavior that permits them to create their own little tribe of morally superior adherents Then again perhaps this feeling of moral superiority is endemic to Americans many of whom descended from those little Puritan shits

Richard Horan Í 6 Review

Out the trees that inspired the work of great American writers like Faulkner Kerouac Welty Wharton and Harper Lee In Harvest Horan embarks upon a serendipitous journey across America to work the harvests of than a dozen essential or unusual food crops and in the process forms powerful connections with the farmers the soil and the seaso. I wanted to like this book I really did Horan s liberal leanings popped up in too many unneeded areas for me to enjoy I have no problems with his viewpoints but his supposed overview of family farms didn t seem fair The farmers he picks are all radical and unorthodox with no visits to traditional farming models If this is truly to be a glimpse into American farming I think both sides should be experienced It wasn t a bad book written well but at times to me seemed desperate


10 thoughts on “Harvest Author Richard Horan

  1. says:

    Stopped reading about 60% through the book which I hate doing Being from a farming family I love the idea behind his book but his w

  2. says:

    Sarah L Courteau Reviewed Richard Horan's Harvest An Adventure Into The Heart Of America’s Family Farms | The New Republic It's worth readingI

  3. says:

    Absolutely love the concept of the book The author does an awesome job focusing on the stories of family and the journey of the land I wish there were even stories of crops he harvested And I also desired education on the “how” if the crops Really enjoyed the bit about Bt immunity and Monsanto The author has a super zany choice

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    Maybe it’s a symptom of feeling claustrophobic and stressed in my chaotic suburban life There’s something soothing — very appealing — about being in the country and it’s just that sentiment that led me to pick up Richard Horan’s Harvest An Adventure into the Heart of America’s Family FarmsHoran’s story is one of a writer and teacher who embarks on a uest to explore organic farms across the coun

  5. says:

    i liked this horan better than his seeds book in seeds he travels around to authors homes and a few other places like gettysburg to collect tree seeds then take them home to sprout them and eventaully plant them

  6. says:

    There are two stories going on in this book One is the stories of all the farmers small farmers mostly organic enjoying bringing something beautiful from the land fighting the big guys figuring out solutions to their daily problems We meet wheat farmers in Kansas potato farmers in Maine cranberry farmers in Massachusetts blueberry farmers in New York walnut farmers in California and The other story is that of the autho

  7. says:

    I wanted to like this book I really did Horan's liberal leanings popped up in too many unneeded areas for me to enjoy I have no problems with his viewpoints but his supposed overview of family farms didn't seem fa

  8. says:

    I am not a farmer but I spent several summers and one fall working on small sustainable family farms when I was younger In college I volunteered on local farms attended the biggest organic farming conference in the US several years running and traveled to Kenya Africa for a month to learn about sustainable farming and permaculture there It was a lifestyle that I loved and envisioned myself following and though life has taken a few turns sin

  9. says:

    Richard Horan takes the reader along on his diverse and interesting visits to organic farms in America His descriptions allow us to experience the unknown and learn the basics of harvesting I found the book a bi

  10. says:

    Couldn't get past the first chapter

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