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Book Review: Farmer Jane

Updated on October 30, 2010
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Are you interested in learning more about the sustainable food movement? D you want to learn how you can become a solution to the environmental and socioeconomic problems associated with the modern food industry?

If these questions interest you, it's likely that you’ll find Farmer Jane to be an inspiring and informative illustration of how we can all start making a difference – one person at a time.

About Farmer Jane

If you think that the decisions that you make about where the food your family eats comes from doesn’t really matter, reading Farmer Jane will change your mind. Officially titled Farmer Jane: Women Changing the Way We Eat , this book really brings into sharp focus the impact that individuals can have on improving the overall infrastructure of the food industry simply by making wise choices about food consumption and sourcing that take environmental and economic impact into consideration.

Farmer Jane includes profiles of 30 women who work in the sustainable food industry. Readers will have an opportunity to gain insight into the business models these leaders are using to change the face of the agriculture and the associated changes related to food on an individual and family level. Whether you are considering becoming a professional in the sustainable food industry or if you simply want to learn more about the issue from a consumer perspective, reading this book will really open your eyes to the reality of the agriculture industry – and what it means to become a voice for change in it – in the 21st Century.

When you read this book, you’ll find out what’s involved in beginning a program for community-supported agriculture (CSA) and what you can do to get involved in bringing about positive legislative change. You’ll also learn more about renewable energy concepts and how making environmentally friendly energy decision can impact the agriculture business as well as long term quality of life for individuals and families.

About the Author

Farmer Jane was written by Temra Costa, a long-time professional in the field of sustainable agriculture. Costa holds a degree in agriculture and has dedicated her career to working to promote an advance sustainable food and to preserve organic standards.

Costa worked with The Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) in California from 2003 until 2009, where she oversaw a statewide “Buy Fresh By Local” campaign and played an active role in supporting Farm to School programs as well as local famers’ markets.

If you want to hear more about what Temra Costa has to say on the subject of sustainable agriculture and the food industry, tune into her radio show on www.greenmorning.org.

Special thanks to Gibbs Smith publishing for providing me with an opportunity to review this book.

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