“My Integrity Means More Than a Dollar Bill”: Crandall Fountain’s Intentional Agrarianism

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“My Integrity Means More Than a Dollar Bill”: Crandall Fountain’s Intentional Agrarianism

by Christopher Fowler
Southern Cultures, Vol. 19, No. 2: Summer 2013

"Enter our story's main character. His response to agribusiness is what makes this story unique."

This is a story of people coping with change. It reveals a dramatic shift in agricultural policy beginning around the middle of the twentieth century, which was first fueled by—and later propped up with—America’s military-industrial complex. The shift was from small-scale family farms that produced a number of diversified crops and livestock, worked by people with generational knowledge of their land and the things it produced, to a shortsighted extractive agriculture that focused on maximizing food products. Profit was made at the expense of traditional knowledge, stewardship, and respect for the land and what was on it

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