Academic articles & book chapters
"How/to make fields fertile": Ecocritical Lessons from the History of Virgil's Georgics in Translation," in C. Schliephake, ed. Ecocriticism, Ecology, and the Cultures of Antiquity (Lexington Books, 2017).
"Organic Production" and "Organic/Biodynamic Farming" in The SAGE Encyclopedia of Food Issues, ed. Ken Albala (SAGE Publications, 2015).
"Apocalypse? No, georgic! Towards a literary agroecology," in K. Waldron and R. Friedman, eds., Toward a Literary Ecology of Place: Studies in American Literature (Scarecrow Press, 2013).
"La traçabilité, le terroir et la filière latière: Le cas du Beacon Fell," in L. Bonnaud and N. Joly, eds., Alimentation sous contrôle (Éditions Quae, 2012).
"The politics of organic farming: Populists, evangelicals and the agriculture of the middle," Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture 11, 2 (2011): 38-47.
"Des livres anciens aux vieux agriculteurs," in P. Béguin, B. Dedieu, and E. Sabourin, eds., Travail en agriculture (Édition Harmattan, 2011).
"The pre-history of soil science: Jethro Tull and the foundations of modern agriculture," Physics and Chemistry of the Earth 35, 15-18 (2010): 851-59.
"Cultivating georgic," in Z. M. Jack, ed., Black Earth and Ivory Tower: New American Essays from Farm and Classroom (University of South Carolina Press, 2005).
"Locating the georgic: From the ferme ornée to the model farm," Studies in the History of Gardens and Designed Landscapes 22,3 July-Sept 2002): 167-92.
“New Zealand's experiment without subsidies.” The Practical Farmer 25, 4 (2010): 10-11.
“In the water,” Iowa Review 39, 2 (fall 2009).
“The View from Terra Madre,” The Natural Farmer, Winter 2006-2007, pp. 23-26.
"Euro-ganics: In the EU, corporate inroads into the organic sector follow different paths than in the US." The Natural Farmer, Spring 2006.
"Holding on to the family farm," LEISA: Magazine on Low External Input and Sustainable Agriculture, June 2005.
"The Part-Time Farmer," Edible Jersey, Winter 2008, p. 42.
“A Once and Future Dairy State?” Edible Jersey, Fall 2008, pp. 30-35.
“In Praise of CSA,” Edible Jersey, Fall 2007, pp. 14-17. >> Winner of an Honorable Mention from the North American Agricultural Journalists.
“Sweet Legacy: How a small group of farmers are safeguarding a piece of New Jersey's agricultural heritage.” Edible Jersey, Winter 2007, pp. 17-19.
“Banking on BARC: The USDA Agricultural Research Service's oldest experiment station.” New Farm.org, July 15, 2005.
“Organic no-till research spreading across the Midwest.” NewFarm.org, June 2, 2005.
"From the ground up: In the heart of California's Salinas Valley, former farmworkers are starting farms of their own." NewFarm.org, May 12, 2005.
"Farming for credit: How college students are finding—and founding—opportunities to make sustainable agriculture part of a well-rounded education." NewFarm.org, Jan. 14, 2004.
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USDA-Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education
“Opportunities in Agriculture: Marketing Strategies for Farmers and Ranchers,” USDA-Sustainable Agriculture Network Bulletin, 2007, 20 pp.
... and some book reviews
Review of Paul Thompson, The Agrarian Vision: Sustainability and Environmental Ethics (University Press of Kentucky, 2010). Agricultural History 85, 2 (Spring 2011): 290-91.
Review of Alan L. Olmstead and Paul W. Rhode, Creating Abundance: Biological Innovation and American Agricultural Development (Cambridge University Press, 2008). Journal of Southern History 76, 2 (2010): 430-31.
Review of Paula Young Lee, ed., Meat, Modernity, and the Rise of the Slaughterhouse (University of New Hampshire Press, 2008). Environmental History 14,3 (2009): 595-6.
Review of Thomas A. Rumney, The Study of Agricultural Geography: A Scholarly Guide and Bibliography (Scarecrow Press, 2005). Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 22, 5 (2009): 487-8.
Review of Avery Odelle Craven, Soil Exhaustion as a Factor in the Agricultural History of Virginia and Maryland, 1606-1860 (University of South Carolina Press, 2006 ). Agriculture and Human Values 25 (2008): 609-610.
Review of Steven Stoll, Larding the Lean Earth: Soil and Society in Nineteenth-Century America (Hill & Wang, 2002). H-Environment, H-Net Reviews, May 2004.
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