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Carrots Don't Grow on Trees

Building Sustainable and Resilient Communities

by Robert Turner, Executive Director, Creekside Farm Education Center  Pub date 2/15/19

“Great Writing! This story must be told.”
             -Wiley Cash, NY Times Bestselling Author

“Insightful and important. The future of local food and the ‘eat your view’ movement.”
   -Jason Frye, Author, Travel / Lifestyle Writer and Food Critic

Twelve years after Michael Pollan first opened our eyes to the modern problems of the industrial food complex, organic farmer and successful businessman Robert Turner explores what has changed in our food culture and how the current ‘grow local’ and ‘farm to table’ movement is now determining where and how we live.
   In Carrots Don’t Grow on Trees an organic farm takes center stage in a new kind of agriculturally-based community where residents gain closer connections to healthy food and the farmers who grow it. Turner wasn’t trying to build Utopia; the community he envisions is the next logical step for the ‘eat your view’ movement that has already changed restaurant menus around the world. Turner takes a no-nonsense business approach to saving small farms and protecting our local farming capacity while preserving the important knowledge of growing food for future generations.

"Bob Turner brings a unique and engaging perspective to a new way to rebuild community by bringing – as he puts it – “the table to the farm.”  Drawing on his own experience as a developer, Bob explores the potential of the agrihood to bring together farmers and developers in a new development model that cultivates community resilience and generates multiple social, ecological and economic solutions to some of the most challenging issues of our time.  A must read for anyone interested in the potential for food-focused community development to put us on the path to a sustainable and resilient future."

 

-Laura Lengnick, Lead Scientist, Cultivating Resilience, LLC and author of ‘Resilient Agriculture’.

Recent Press on the Agrihood:
“The newest trend in millennial living…Harkening back to simpler days” -NBC Nightly News
“Farm to table living takes root!” -New York Times
“Moving next to the farm… Heaven on earth” - CBS Sunday Morning
“Upscale Farm Living, and you don’t have to get your hands dirty” -The Wall Street Journal
“Why you should move to an Agrihood…hyperlocal produce” -Forbes Magazine


US: $16.95  CAN: $18.95      Pub Date: 2/1/19     ISBN: 9781946412454

5 1/2 x 8 1/2 trim size.  400 pages.  Paperback.  Also available in digital format for Kindle and Nook

Discovery Books is represented nationally to the trade by Continental Sales

Distributed by National Book Network
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P.O. Box 186 Skyland, NC. 28776    www.discoverybooksllc.com

Book can be preordered at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Author Bio

Robert Turner is a writer for regional food and lifestyle magazines, an entrepreneur, and the founder of multiple businesses in such diverse industries as manufacturing, licensing, publishing and real estate development.  Now the owner of an organic farm and Executive Director of the Creekside Farm Education Center, Turner is a dedicated advocate for local farmers and healthy food production.  Mr. Turner is a graduate from Illinois State University with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature.  He currently lives with his wife Kara on a working farm in the mountains of Western North Carolina.  They have two sons in college.

Mr. Turner can be reached at turnerrobert10@gmail.com 

"The organic, farm to table, 'eat your view' movement has gone from niche to mainstream and changed restaurant menus across the country and around the world."

"Rather than bringing food to where the people are, save the 1,500 miles and bring the people to where the food is. In fact, plant them right in the middle of it with the tomatoes and onions."

"This is where the local food movement is going, and it’s called the agricultural neighborhood, or agrihood. Why bring the farm to the table when you can bring the table to the farm?"

Quick Q&A:

Q:  Why did you write this book?

A:  People need to understand why it's important to support local farms and food production.  If we do nothing, than we resolve ourselves to live at the mercy of large multi-national corporations and food from far-away places.  I ask the question, "Do we really need to import chicken from China to save a few pennies?  And how risky is that to our food security and food sovereignty?"  We need to become a little more self-reliant at the local and community level.  It's the prudent thing to do in a changing world.

Q:  What makes this book important right now? 

A:  The Covid-19 pandemic has woken us all up to the risks of globalization and dependence on far-away places for critical things like drugs, medicines, medical equipment and protective gear, and even food.  Local food production is key to security at the local level.

For a full Q&A sheet, an ARC, excerpts from the book, high res images of Creekside Farm and the agrihood, or to request an interview or speaking engagement, please contact the author at turnerrobert10@gmail.com

Sample Excerpts- Download a PDF

Opening from Introduction-  The Far-Distance Company

Opening from Chapter One- The Agricultural Community

Opening from Chapter Two- Carrots Don't Grow on Trees

Excerpt from Chapter Four- a walk with Alberto

Coming Publications from Robert Turner and Discovery Books

The School of Post-Modern Activities     Pub Date: 3/1/21

 

 

Powerful multinational corporations have taken over the food supply. Turner's newest work follows a group of unlikely heroes, made up of “various misfits, hippies, artists, petty criminals, poets and other beatniks, pranksters and rebellious types”, all bent on the disruption of the industrialized food system as we know it. 

This surprisingly warm-hearted, often funny journey from angry radicalism to peace and hope is an offbeat sketch of some of the more interesting characters that you’ll ever meet in non-fiction. Through its many levels, the book traces the authors journey from anger and despair to a story of understanding and hope.  Each real-life character has an important lesson to teach about values, virtue and the human condition.  The work is extremely timely given the threats related to food distribution in a global pandemic.

In a follow-up book to Carrots Don’t Grow on Trees: Building Sustainable and Resilient Communities, author Robert Turner answers the questions: What are the risks of the recent concentration and globalization in the food supply, and how do we change a system so firmly entrenched by powerful multinational corporations and big money?  Is an uprising the only answer?  Tension rises as the threat of concentration in the food supply becomes real.

Turner’s book is filled with the latest eye-opening research and information related to the industrialized, global food web and the innate risks and problems that it creates for the health of people and the planet.  Turner uses creative literary techniques to draw the reader into this story of a risky and dangerous place where very few people control most of the food production around the world.  In an interesting mixture of philosophy, psychology, radicalism, farmer common sense and folk wisdom, the work becomes a narrative that turns from socioeconomic determinism to transcendental spirituality.   

 

In The School of Post-modern Activities, Robert Turner defines a values-based and principle-centered approach to food that can restore our health and create a more sustainable and resilient system for future generations.  Turner eloquently describes the character traits and values that are at the root of positive human behavior and sustainable living, and the result is a guidebook to finding peace and happiness, building lasting relationships, and regaining trust in our political and corporate institutions.  The author shows how our actions come from who we are and gives a step by step pathway to the important principles behind good land stewardship, healthy food, and ultimately the principles that support a good life, a life with meaning and fulfillment.

 

Through recurring themes and levels, the main characters strive toward breaking the chains of corporate concentration and dominance in the food system, and the other systems prevalent in our modern world that support it.  The story becomes an epic battle between the spiritual and material world, between virtue and our own selfish inclinations.  The plot follows the characters from fear and anger, to wisdom and understanding, toward courage, and finally transcendence—to a closer, spiritual connection to food and the living planet. 

Main Themes:

In a story about a bunch of misfits trying to change a rigged system that is entrenched and controlled by powerful men, the book encapsulates:

 

  • Man’s inability to see and recognize cause and effect in the modern world—our inability to put the two things together.

  • Man’s eternal and bitter warfare with himself.  The internal struggle between human virtue and our selfish inclination.

  • The clash between the material and spiritual world.

  • A story that speaks of human disenfranchisement, but still holds hope for human advancement.

  • The critical importance of self-reliance, food security, food sovereignty and community resilience

 

Founding Farmers:  Agrarian Values and Virtue in America   Pub Date: 10/1/21

 

George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and many other founders and fighters in the American Revolution were farmers who were pulled away from their beloved homes and farms for a cause.  Robert Turner’s third book weaves stories of contrast between the founders farm and home life and the events that called them from it.  Even in the midst of war, we can see in their letters home that their hearts were never very far from the farm.  Turner shows us, in the words and actions of our founding fathers, how the land and agrarian values influenced our early democracy and the fight for independence.   Founding Farmers is a bold retelling of the founding of America that reveals the forgotten origins of our core democratic values.  Turner explains how these forgotten values can inspire success and happiness in government, in business, in agriculture, and in life.

 

Target Audience:

The target audience for all three books includes anyone who shops for organic food, goes to the Farmers Market, or belongs to a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.   Each work will appeal to anyone interested in the subjects of healthy food and healthy lifestyles. The topics of Food Security, Food Sovereignty and Community Resilience are now at the forefront of our national consciousness.

With over 9000 active farmers markets now operating across the United States, up from just 1700 over the past two decades, and thousands more Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs sprouting up everywhere, the grow local movement is changing our food culture. 

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