Product DescriptionThis Perennial Land is the story of a beautiful and intensely farmed land that has been written off as a “sacrificial landscape”—a natural place ceded entirely to industrial use—even by many concerned about the environment.
Through essays and photographs the authors trace the natural and cultural history of the land share stories of a new breed of pioneer farming with nature in mind and a future vision of a restorative agriculture. They make a compelling case for changing what we grow in this working landscape and how and where we grow it in order to restore historic function at a landscape scale.
Accompanied by a remarkable “opportunity map” it offers a rough blueprint—a conceptual starting point—for landowners policymakers and citizens who want a part in forging a new vision for returning health beauty and economic stability to corn and soybean country.
Lansing Shepard a former writer for the Christian Science Monitor specializes in conservation environmental policy and natural history. A contributor to the Smithsonian Institution’s Guides to Natural America series he has been the writer for several exhibitions for the U.S. National Park Service and the University of Minnesota’s Bell Museum of Natural History with which he is affiliated. He most recently coordinated research and writing for Minnesota: A History of the Land a five-part public television series on the history of Minnesota’s landscapes a joint project of the Bell Museum and Twin Cities Public Television.