Food and Agriculture

TractorREVmWTrOfTechGrpCUTOUTsmWA major focus of Free River Press has been to inform the  public about the need to support local agriculture, especially organics. This is an important means of not only maintaining health but of helping develop strong local and regional economies. The flip side of this focus is the need to increase public awareness of the damage to soil, water and human health created by industrial agriculture.



TT1REVsmWThe Triumph of Technique: the Industrialization of Agriculture and the Destruction of Rural America, by Robert Wolf from Ruskin Press. $15.00

Iowa writer Robert Wolf’s book takes a hard look at contemporary agriculture and its devastating impact on rural economies. The former Chicago Tribune columnist, who has been an Iowa resident since 1991, has been involved in rural affairs almost since his arrival. The Triumph of Technique invites the reader to join him on a search for the roots of the present crisis.

Wolf  spent three years researching and writing The Triumph of Technique. This book has been judged by leaders of the sustainable agriculture movement as a significant contribution to understanding the depth of the current crisis in agriculture and its implications for the culture at large.

Gone are the small farmers who could earn a living off their land. Now medium size farmers face extinction. As human scale farming disappears, so too do rural towns, and thus the death of rural America is a consequence of the “Triumph of Technique.”

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EP1revSMwEating In Place: Telling the Story of Local Foods is a well-rounded look at the local foods movement, written by those who are directly involved in it—small niche farmers, chefs, a farmers’ market organizer, and leaders of nonprofits who help bring it all together. $15.00

Stories include:

  • Creating a Sustainable Future, One Blade of Grass at a Time
  • Building Farmers’ Markets In Chicago
  • The Farmer’s Daughter
  • plus an interview with Alice Waters



“Th[is] collection of about a dozen penetrating essays and an interview with renowned chef, Alice Waters, covers all the ways in which the goal of local food for local people is being pursued . . .” Gene Logsdon, author of The Mother of All Arts: Agrarianism and the Creative Impulse

“Here are stories of women and men, deeply connected to their land, growing food for their neighbors, in love with what they are doing, delightful stories told in their own words.” Fred Kirschenmann, Distinguished Fellow, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture.

This book is available in the Free River Press online store here