Fields of Plenty: A Farmer’s Journey in Search of Real Food and the People Who Grow It

by Michael Ableman

Published by Chronicle Books, 2005

Kirkus Review
“For three months, as his own harvest was coming to fruition on his farm in British Columbia, the author and his son set off in a VW van on a 12,000 mile journey to farms across the country. The result is an engaging hybrid of travelogue, cookbook and discourse on the new American agrarian movement. Above all, Ableman presents an appealing and optimistic testament to the fact that fresh, organic eating is still very much alive in America.”

Way before backyard chickens were cool and “sustainability” the green watchword of the day, Michael Ableman, the author of On Good Land: the Autobiography of an Urban Farm, set out on a three-month journey to find out how his fellow small farmers were planting, sowing, reaping, and making ends meet across the country. Fields of Plenty chronicles their (and his) stories in a thoughtful mix that’s part travelogue, part cookbook, a thoughtful handbook for a new American agrarian movement.

Michael Ableman has been featured in National Geographic, on NPR’s All Things Considered, and in the Utne Reader.

Leslie Jonath: Acquisition Editor.

Hardcover, 256 pages
ISBN: 0811842231
Dimensions: 10.1 x 7.5 x 1.5 inches