“If agriculture is to transition away from a dependence on petroleum-based fertilizers to local fertility sources in a meaningful way, then we will need to relearn the art of using our neighbors’ leaves, grasses, manures, and other ‘wastes’ to fuel our farms. This book shows how to do just that on a community scale. It is the most urgent and important work I know of, and McSweeney explains it better than anyone.”

—Ben Hartman, author of The Lean Farm and The Lean Farm Guide to Growing Vegetables

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