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The Environmental Vision of Thomas Merton

by Monica Weis

Nature was always vital in Thomas Merton's life, from the long hours he spent as a child watching his father paint landscapes in the fresh air, to his final years of solitude in the hermitage at Our Lady of...


The Virtues of Ignorance: Complexity, Sustainability, and the Limits of Knowledge

by Bill Vitek

Human dependence on technology has increased exponentially over the past several centuries, along with the notion that environmental problems can be solved with scientific applications. The Virtues of Ignorance:...


The Agrarian Vision: Sustainability and Environmental Ethics

by Paul Thompson

As industry and technology proliferate in modern society, sustainability has jumped to the forefront of contemporary political and environmental discussions. The balance between progress and the earth's ability...


Cultivating an Ecological Conscience

by Constance Falk

Theologian, academic, and third-generation organic farmer Frederick L. Kirschenmann is a celebrated agricultural thinker. In the last thirty years he has tirelessly promoted the principles of sustainability...


From the Farm to the Table: What All Americans Need to Know about Agriculture

by Gary Holthaus

In From the Farm to the Table, over forty farm families from America's heartland detail the practices and values that relate to their land, work, and communities. Their stories reveal that those who make their...


Kentucky Agate: State Rock and Mineral Treasure of the Commonwealth

by Roland L. McIntosh & Warren H. Anderson

Among the rarest and most prized minerals, agate is one of the most exquisite examples of nature's artwork. A striking rock that occurs in various shapes and sizes, with a vivid assortment of colors, agates...


Burley: Kentucky Tobacco in a New Century

by Ann K. Ferrell

Once iconic American symbols, tobacco farms are gradually disappearing. It is difficult for many people to lament the loss of a crop that has come to symbolize addiction, disease, and corporate deception; yet,...


Learning Native Wisdom: What Traditional Cultures Teach Us about Subsistence, Sustainability, and Spirituality

by Gary Holthaus

Many native North American cultures have origins that predate Confucius, who lived five hundred years before the birth of Christ. For generations the people of these traditions have thrived under conditions...


Mountains on the Market: Industry, the Environment, and the South

by Randal L. L. Hall

Manufacturing in the Northeast and the Midwest pushed the United States to the forefront of industrialized nations during the early nineteenth century; the South, however, lacked the large cities and broad consumer...


Confronting Ecological Crisis in Appalachia and the South: University and Community Partnerships

by Stephanie McSpirit, Lynne Faltraco & Conner Bailey

Throughout Appalachia corporations control local economies and absentee ownership of land makes it difficult for communities to protect their waterways, mountains, and forests. Yet among all this uncertainty...


The Agrarian Vision: Sustainability and Environmental Ethics

by Paul B. Thompson

As industry and technology proliferate in modern society, sustainability has jumped to the forefront of contemporary political and environmental discussions. The balance between progress and the earth's ability...


Ginseng Dreams: The Secret World of America's Most Valuable Plant

by Kristin Johannsen

For thousands of years, cultures around the world have relied on herbal medicine for healing. Only recently have Americans flocked to once-suspect botanical treatments for the promise of good health and longevity....


Fields of Learning: The Student Farm Movement in North America

by Sean Clark, Laura Sayre & Frederick L. Kirschenmann

Where will the next generation of farmers come from? What will their farms look like? Fields of Learning: The Student Farm Movement in North America provides a concrete set of answers to these urgent questions,...


The Environmental Vision of Thomas Merton

by Monica Weis

Nature was always vital in Thomas Merton's life, from the long hours he spent as a child watching his father paint landscapes in the fresh air, to his final years of solitude in the hermitage at Our Lady of...


Wendell Berry and Religion: Heaven's Earthly Life

by Joel James Shuman, L. Roger Owens & Norman Wirzba

Farmer, poet, essayist, and environmental writer Wendell Berry is acclaimed for his ideas regarding the values inherent in an agricultural society. Place, community, good work, and simple pleasures are but a...


Something's Rising: Appalachians Fighting Mountaintop Removal

by Jason Howard, Silas House & Lee Smith

Something's Rising collects oral histories from a diverse group of individuals from Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, and Virginia who are fighting mountaintop removal, an ecologically devastating form of...


The Virtues of Ignorance: Complexity, Sustainability, and the Limits of Knowledge

by Bill Vitek & Wes Jackson

Human dependence on technology has increased exponentially over the past several centuries, along with the notion that environmental problems can be solved with scientific applications. The Virtues of Ignorance:...


A Revolution Down on the Farm: The Transformation of American Agriculture Since 1929

by Paul K. Conkin

Agriculture is the most fundamental of all human activities. Today, those who till the soil or tend livestock feed a world population of approximately 6.5 billion. Fifty years ago, the planet could not have...


Narnia and the Fields of Arbol: The Environmental Vision of C. S. Lewis

by Matthew T. Dickerson & David O'Hara

Scholars have discussed the work of C. S. Lewis (1898--1963) for decades, but they have focused on Lewis's Christian and pagan allusions and have largely ignored his other important themes. Narnia and the Fields...


The Soil and Health: A Study of Organic Agriculture

by Albert Howard

With a New Introduction by Wendell Berry The Soil and Health was published in 1945, just before agricultural corporations surged to global proportions. Sir Albert Howard's work is a major inspiration to the...