review by Louis H. Battalen
At the close of the past century, the revitalized draft animal power movement was proceeding steadily with its initial plowing, cutting a fresh regenerative swath nationwide into the stagnant and wearisome, mono-cultured agribusiness that has dominated that landscape since mid-century. The degraded petro chemical approach to farming is “going by the way-side,” replaced by the single- and multi-hitch plow alike and the sweet scent and “invigorative natural processes” of the closed-farm fertility.
The dawn of the 21st century finds teamsters, their animals—horses, oxen, donkeys, and mules in particular—and innovative equipment manufacturers collaborating in a groundswell of mutual activity, naturally lending itself to other forms of regenerative farming, including organics, crop rotation, and small-scale farming. The clock is not being turned back to some halcyon isolated moment in time and history and place; rather, in the turn to the next furrow, these practitioners are promoting an agroecological mindset capable of long-term sustenance that should carry us into good stead through this century.
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