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By The Book [Spring 2016]

Mar 17, 2016 01:34PM ● By Erica Shames

Sustainability Picks

Fields of Farmers: Interning, Mentoring, Partnering, Germinating

By Joel Salatin

America’s average farmer is 60 years old. Farmer and author Joel Salatin digs deep into the problems and solutions surrounding this land- and knowledge-transfer crisis and empowers aspiring young farmers, midlife farmers and nonfarming landlords to build regenerative, profitable agricultural enterprises.




Cows Save the Planet and Other Improbable Ways of Restoring Soil to Heal the Earth

By Judith D. Schwartz

Schwartz looks at soil as a crucible for many overlapping environmental, economic and social crises. For many of these problems—climate change, desertification, biodiversity loss, droughts, floods, wildfires, rural poverty, malnutrition and obesity—there are positive, alternative scenarios. Our ability to turn these crises into opportunities depends on how we treat the soil.



The Soil Will Save Us: How Scientists, Farmers, and Ranchers Are Tending the Soil to Reverse Global Warming

By Kristin Ohlson

Thousands of years of poor farming and ranching practices—and modern industrial agriculture—have led to the loss of up to 80 percent of carbon from the world’s soils. That carbon is now floating in the atmosphere, warming the planet. Journalist Ohlson makes a passionate case for “our great green hope”—a way to heal the land and turn atmospheric carbon into beneficial soil carbon—and potentially reverse global warming.



Extra Picks

Serious Nonsense: Groundhog Logdes, Versammlinge, and Pennsylvania German Heritage 

By William Donner

$29.95, Penn State Press

The book introduces readers to Pennsylvania German cultural practices that tourists rarely see and that outsiders, including most scholars, rarely learn about. These include the origins and details of the versammlinge, the Pennsylvania German groundhog lodges, held since the 1930s.


Coal Dust on Your Feet The Rise, Decline, and Restoration of an Anthracite Mining Town

By Janet MacGaffey 

$90, Bucknell University Press

The history of community life in the Pennsylvania coal region. 





As the Paint Dries

By Carrie Wissler-Thomas with Michael Barton

$29.95, Sunbury Press

This history of the Art Association of Harrisburg is both a factual accounting of the story of a regional fine arts organization and a reminiscence by author Carrie Wissler-Thomas.




Re-Imagining Nature Environmental Humanities and Ecosemiotics

By Alfred Kentigern Siewers

$90, Bucknell University Press

Siewers’ collection explores new horizons in environmental studies. 






Modern Realism According to Fritz

Edited by Lawrence von Knorr

$29.95, Sunbury Press

No one has painted urban Harrisburg as often as Fritz VonderHeiden. His style, developed over many decades, emphasizes the geometry of road, architecture and the natural world. This book contains images of 127 of Fritz’s paintings.

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