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By Julie Guthman

In an period of escalating nutrition politics, many think natural farming to be the agrarian solution. during this first complete examine of natural farming in California, Julie Guthman casts doubt at the present knowledge approximately natural meals and agriculture, a minimum of because it has developed within the Golden country. Refuting well known portrayals of natural agriculture as a small-scale relations farm activity towards "industrial" agriculture, Guthman explains how natural farming has replicated what it got down to oppose.

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Of course, this strategy is generally limited to those in freshmarket products and is extremely management intensive. Whatever the initial draw, many growers actually entered into organics because they encountered a relatively risk-free environment for conversion, specifically one that minimized the up-front investment costs. In other words, they were not necessarily interested in organics, but ease of entry allowed them an early cash-in on the high value that organic production then enjoyed. ” Normally, organic certification requires that land be free of prohibited substances for three years before crops are marketed as organic.

Organic farming is a way of gaining independence from the corporate structures that undermine the agrarian tradition. Ted Willey, T & D Willey Farms, California Studies Conference, San Francisco State University, February 1997 California never had much of an agrarian smallholder tradition. Land was never farmed in a mode resembling premodern peasant societies. Most California native groups were not agriculturists, and the relics of mission agriculture were mostly eradicated shortly after statehood in 1848.

In the interests of creating a different kind of agrarian dream, these growers carved their farms from the leftover spaces—the hillsides, pastures, abandoned or- Agrarian Dreams 15 chards, urban sand lots, and tiny river valleys—making “farms” of one, two, or perhaps ten arable acres. Farming to them was not a business but a lifestyle. Having such small farms, some households were able to do all the work themselves; others relied on the occasional support of neighbors, visiting friends, and interested college students.

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