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Sarah Taber, a crop scientist and industry consultant, holds a doctorate in crop health. She is the host of the podcast Farm to Taber and is working on a book about the effect of human systems on American agriculture
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The Rise and Fall of the Southern Tenant Farmers Union in Arkansas
James D. Ross Jr. - Apr 30, 2018
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"Founded in eastern Arkansas during the Great Depression, the Southern Tenant Farmers Union (STFU) has long fascinated historians, who have emphasized its biracial membership and the socialist convictions of its leaders, while attributing its demise to external factors, such as the mechanization of agriculture, the repression of wealthy planters, a...
Sarah Taber
Sep 01, 2020
just read this for book research so yeah uhhh the STFU is remembered as this amazing crusade and it was actually a giant shitshow     source
Farmers Helping Farmers
The Rise of the Farm and Home Bureaus, 1914-1935
Nancy K. Berlage - Jul 11, 2016
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One of the largest volunteer movements in the twentieth century, local farm and home bureau organizations have been woefully underrepresented in socio-political studies of the American Farm Bureau Federation. Nancy K. Berlage addresses this omission with an insightful look at how bureau members put university science to work in agricultural and rur...
Sarah Taber
Jul 08, 2020
*The book is Farmers Helping Farmers It's really, really good at capturing the gender/age power dynamics inside white landowning farm families that drove "the agribusiness takeover" even though it doesn't call it that     source
Braiding Sweetgrass
Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants
Robin Wall Kimmerer - Aug 11, 2015 (first published in 2013)
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Called the work of "a mesmerizing storyteller with deep compassion and memorable prose" (Publishers Weekly) and the book that, "anyone interested in natural history, botany, protecting nature, or Native American culture will love," by Library Journal, Braiding Sweetgrass is poised to be a classic of nature writing. As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmere...
Sarah Taber
Jan 07, 2020
Yeah that's because most of those books are actually just sanctimonious classists pretending they're trying to fix problems. That's why they're depressing If you want a book that's actually about moving forward, "Braiding Sweetgrass" is FANTASTIC.     source
Accounting for Slavery
Masters and Management
Caitlin Rosenthal - Oct 15, 2019 (first published in 2018)
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A Five Books Best Economics Book of the YearA Politico Great Weekend Read"Absolutely compelling."--Diane Coyle"The evolution of modern management is usually associated with good old-fashioned intelligence and ingenuity... But capitalism is not just about the free market; it was also built on the backs of slaves."--ForbesThe story of modern manageme...
Sarah Taber
Dec 17, 2019
@CarolynVan Funny story, Accounting for Slavery & Scorpio are the ones that kicked the whole thing off. That book is ... just very Scorpio in the best way.     source
Prairie Fires
CAROLINE FRASER - Aug 07, 2018 (first published in 2017)
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Millions of readers of Little House on the Prairie believe they know Laura Ingalls—the pioneer girl who survived blizzards and near-starvation on the Great Plains, and the woman who wrote the famous autobiographical books. But the true saga of her life has never been fully told. Now, drawing on unpublished manuscripts, letters, diaries, and land an...
Sarah Taber
Jun 02, 2019
I will not be taking questions on this. If you have some, Prairie Fires is a fantastic book.     source
The Good Jobs Strategy
How the Smartest Companies Invest in Employees to Lower Costs and Boost Profits
Zeynep Ton - Jan 14, 2014
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Almost one in four American working adults has a job that pays less than a living wage. Conven­tional wisdom says that’s how the world has to work. Bad jobs with low wages, minimal benefits, little training, and chaotic schedules are the only way companies can keep costs down and prices low. If companies were to offer better jobs, cus­tomers would ...
Sarah Taber
Apr 29, 2019
Also check out @zeynepton's Good Jobs Strategy book for some FANTASTIC info about how to organize a business for good working conditions & wages. It's both very much against the MBA consensus & super well-backed by research into real business's results with alternative methods.     source