This Blessed Earth: A Year in the Life of an American Family Farm

Winner of the Stubbendieck Great Plains Distinguished Book Prize
2019 selection for the One Book One Nebraska and All Iowa state reading programs

"Genoways gives the reader a kitchen-table view of the vagaries, complexities, and frustrations of modern farming…Insightful and empathetic." ―Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The family farm lies at the heart of our national identity, and yet its future is in peril. Rick Hammond grew up on a farm, and for forty years he has raised cattle and crops on his wife’s fifth-generation homestead in Nebraska, in hopes of passing it on to their four children. But as the handoff nears, their family farm―and their entire way of life―are under siege on many fronts, from shifting trade policies, to encroaching pipelines, to climate change. Following the Hammonds from harvest to harvest, Ted Genoways explores the rapidly changing world of small, traditional farming operations. He creates a vivid, nuanced portrait of a radical new landscape and one family’s fight to preserve their legacy and the life they love.

8 pages of illustrations

3 comments on “This Blessed Earth: A Year in the Life of an American Family Farm”

  1. A poetic and timely work by a gifted author. From the very first page of this poetically brilliant work, the reader is drawn into a saga that is at the heart of how civilization came into being. The unsung heroes being farmers, mostly family farms handed down for generation, and it is they who allowed a division of labor so that urban cities could arise in the first place. Presently corporate ownership of land and livestock are but one factor that family farmers must struggle against. Additionally, the onslaught against the blessed land,...

  2. The farm in Nebraska homesteaded by my great grandfather was sold about 10 years ago as none ... The farm in Nebraska homesteaded by my great grandfather was sold about 10 years ago as none in our family continued in the agricultural business. I currently live in Nebraska. Despite that, I knew precious little about the fields of corn and beans, farm machinery, center pivots, feedlots, and the rest of the farming enterprising one constantly sees as one drive around the state. Though this book purports to be the story of one farm family, and though the individuals described are somewhat...

  3. A Wonderful Read! Truly a book with educational value and beautiful prose. Living in Wisconsin all my life, I know very little about farming. This book gives me great respect for the complex problems that farmers have always faced. The author has covered the history of American agriculture, as well as technology, world issues, politics etc and their effects on farming today. A most enjoyable book- I highly recommend it!

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