Reading

We’re not always planting, weeding, and harvesting on the farm! Sometimes we’re reading, and these are some of my recent favorites:

I’m fascinated by  “At Home With Holistic Management: Creating a Life of Meaning” by Ann Adams. Originally targeted at cattle farmers, it’s now a global approach called Holistic Management International. The mineral cycle, water cycle, and flow of energy affects us all! It’s a step-by-step process into thinking more inclusively about the world around us and planning for a creative life within it.

I’ve returned to an ongoing delight: “Teaching a Stone to Talk: Expeditions and Encounters” by Annie Dillard. This collection of short stories drives me into unique considerations of life. In particular I love “Living Like Weasels.”

“The Empowerment Manual: A Guide for Collaborative Groups” by Starhawk is a comprehensive look at healthy communal dynamics, but anyone could drastically enhance their ability to communicate and participate with others after reading this book. We could all benefit from examining different kinds of power (earned and unearned,) building accountability and trust, and creating empowering leadership.

– Writing from the Wassaic Community Farm in June.

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