Grain by Grain pp 143-160 | Cite as

Recycling Energy

  • Bob Quinn
  • Liz Carlisle


When I started looking at farming from a net value perspective, I suddenly had to get really honest with myself. I couldn’t measure my success solely by my production—that was the commodity mindset. Instead, I had to pay equal attention to my consumption. I had gone some distance down this road by switching to whole, organic heritage grain and growing my own locally adapted fruit and dryland vegetables. I no longer used chemical fertilizer or herbicide, and on my dryland farm we had never used irrigation. But I was still a major consumer of a commodity far more destructive than my conventional wheat had ever been: fossil fuel.

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  • Liz Carlisle

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