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Farming With the Wild

Photo Essay: How agriculture and wildlands can both flourish—together.
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Farming With the Wild
by Daniel Imhoff
Sierra Club Books, 2003, 184 pages, $22.00

Imagine a future in which our farms and ranches integrate with wildlands—instead of destroying them.

Farming With the Wild: Enhancing Biodiversity on Farms and Ranches, author Daniel Imhoff's 2003 photographic journey through both farmland and wildlands of the United States, provides a glimpse of what that future could look like. Imhoff visits farmers, ranchers, government agencies, and others to learn how people are already creating a sustainable fusion of agriculture and the wild.  As North Dakota farmer Fred Kirschmann writes in the introduction, "Despite decades of research and education devoted to controlling Nature, we have a lot of catching up to do. We first need to comprehend how the prairie ecology functions so that we can better understand how to farm by accessing Nature's free ecoysystem services while improving the land's capacity to renew itself."

Daniel Imhoff is a writer and researcher on issues related to food, the environment, and design. His articles have appeared in Saveur, Sierra, Whole Earth, Orion Afield, and many other magazines. His photographs were excerpted with permission.


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