We are excited to announce the release of Paula Westmoreland's and Lansing Shepard's book: This Perennial Land. The books tells the story of Paula and Lansing's 3 year journey around Minnesota and Iowa's greater Blue Earth watershed, including the cultural and ecological history of the land. You will be stunned by the photography and map resources. This Perennial Land offers solutions for our stressed agricultural landscape, including perennial "third crops", increasing water storage in marginal lands, controlled drainage systems, cover crops and increased crop rotations. This book is for nature lovers, scientists, farmers, landowners, activists, nonprofits, legislators and policy makers.
Minnesota's Secretary of State, Mark Ritchie wrote a wonderful forward for the book. Ritchie writes, "For anyone who loves this land and the people, this book will seem like manna from Heaven. Here is a work not only about our current dilemma, but about a future that draws on the best parts of an all-but-forgotten past - a time in history lost to most of us. It introduces us to an extraordinary collection of people who are daring to try new ways of using the land while working hard to strengthen their ecological assets and protect the overall environment".
This Perennial Land has a website to learn more: www.thisperennialland.com including an interactive map of the Blue Earth watershed and will be posting news and events regarding the book.
Inspiring words from the book's Afterward, written by Dan Imhoff, author of Farming with the Wild and founder of Wild Farm Alliance: "It's actually not that difficult to imagine a different narrative for modern agriculture. Where the healing of watersheds and natural systems keeps pace or moves even faster than our priorities for agriculture. Where every farm is scaled and adapted...to the specific conditions of its location. Where millions of acres of annual food and feed crops are replaced by deep-rooted perennials, which sustain the soil along with location-appropriate numbers of grazing animals. Where farmers and landowners in a given region are actively engaged in maintaining the health of their watersheds, maximizing the amount of surrounding native habitat and native species, and building strong local food production capacities as a foundation of the regional economy".
Buy the Book here or find it in local bookstores and online.