The New Farmer’s Almanac is a place for public thinking and proactive literary inquiry into the future we share on the land and at the table. Shifting practices is a team sport, and with its original artwork, stories, poetry, and old-time manifestos, this is just the compendium to inspire your own part in the mix.
Submissions for Volume V will be accepted between December 1, 2019 and March 1, 2020. If you miss that deadline, query anyway—we may still be seeking just what you have to share!
Query before submitting at firstname.lastname@example.org. Include a brief description of the work you’d like to submit, and a word or two on your connection to the land. You can pitch completed work, work-in-progress, or ideas on work-to-be.
We will consider essays, interviews, recipes, ruminations, reading lists, rants, star charts, stories, instructions, jokes, thoughts, dreams, or other curious textual things. For prose, 700 words (give or take) is our preferred length. (We’ve been known to be flexible, but it’s not often that we publish works longer than eight pages). If you’re submitting poems, give us up to three to consider. If your work defies such categories, aim for one page, or two, or three (but no more than that unless we ask).
Visual Arts Submissions
We will consider photographs, original art, illustrations, picture essays, flowcharts, diagrams, maps, doodles, or natural world paraphernalia. Whatever your medium, materials should be submitted as 300 dpi grayscale images, formatted as .tiff, .png, or .jpg files. With each piece, please specify artist name, name of work, and medium.
Volume V, THE FARMERS NEW DEAL
What emphasis is still missing from the Green New Deal that we read so much about?
We think: Land use! Adaptive, resourceful, responsive re-use is the theme song of the next Almanac.
Imagine the tremendous potential for climate mitigation and resilience if we reconsider habits and conventions of land use that contaminate water, degrade soil, and make our cities dysfunctional despoilers of their ecosystem.
You who are accustomed to making lists of land tasks… let’s look beyond the boundaries of the farms we manage and talk publicly about the changes we could make. All the land around us needs better care, restoration, and refurbishment.
What do you see? What ideas do you have for WHAT CAN BE DONE on the land? Please take a look around and put your thoughts down on paper, share with us your wild notions and practical thinking for a Farmer’s New Deal.
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