A Small Farm Future

Chris Smaje


In a time of uncertainty, what would a truly resilient society look like?

A Small Farm Future is a ground-breaking debut, destined to become a modern classic—planting a flag at the intersection between economics, agriculture and society during a time of immense crisis. Farmer and social scientist Chris Smaje makes the case for organizing human societies around small-scale, local, agro-ecological farming in order to meet the environmental and political challenges of our times. 

Drawing on a vast range of sources from across a multitude of disciplines, A Small Farm Future analyses the complex forces that make societal change inevitable; explains how low-carbon, locally self-reliant, agrarian communities can empower us to successfully confront these changes head on; and explores the pathways for developing this vision. Challenging both conventional wisdom and flawed utopian blueprints, this book offers rigorous original analysis of 'wicked problems' and hidden opportunities in a way that illuminates the path toward functional local economies, effective self-provisioning, agricultural diversity and a shared Earth. 

SKU 7626. Copyright 2020, softcover, 312 pages.

Praise for A Small Farm Future

"We are facing an existential crisis...A Small Farm Future shows that the choice is clear. Either we have a small farm future, or we face collapse."

–Vandana Shiva, author of Food, Farming, & Health, Oneness vs. the 1%and Who Really Feeds the World?

"Superb! This book shows with great clarity why we are heading for planetary disaster and suggests ways in which new kinds of more stable social and economic practices might evolve around support for sustainable agriculture."

–Paul Richards, author of Indigenous Agricultural Revolution and Ebola. 

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Michael W.
United States United States

Excellent book on our “future"

A very well written book that is a refreshing analysis of a way to resolve the climate “crisis” that is facing us now. The book raises a number of complex issues and provides a superb analysis of ways to face them. I was pleasantly surprised by Smaje’s erudition. The only negative point I’d raise is his reliance upon technical jargon. Highly recommended.

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