Sunday, August 03, 2008

Farm Blogs From Around the World

There is a new blog called Farm Blogs that is an effort to gather together links to the very best of global blogging about farms and farming. It includes a blog roll sorted by country along with a General Interest section where we are linked. Posts are made up of blog recommendations by other farm bloggers combined with farming stories from around the world. There are a number of very interesting posts and some beautiful photography.

The author of this blog is author Ian Walthew of Auvergne, France. He describes his use of blogs "much as one might use a scrapbook or a cuttings folder - a 'scrap-blogger' you could say, using blogs to gather and collate material for future use."

Walthew is the author of 'A Place in My Country: In Search of a Rural Dream' (Weidenfeld & Nicolson; hardback, 2007; Phoenix; paperback, 2008. Melissa Katsoulis of The Financial Times described the book as an “affecting and inspiring memoir . . . His elegiac account of relearning how to be an Englishman should be required reading for anyone who claims to know or love this country. Clover Stroud of The Sunday Telegraph calls it “funny, touching and ultimately very moving . . . this is a beautiful, unsentimental account of a personal loss that is reflected in the rapidly changing texture of life in rural England."

In addition to Farm Blogs, Walthew also writes 'A Place in the Auvergne' - a "scrap-blog" that follows his life as an "English ex-urbanite with his Australian wife in rural France." Good stories, interesting news items, political commentary, cultural observations, and again, beautiful photography.

If any of our readers or contributors have farm or rural blogs to recommend for posting on Farm Blogs, Walthews invites them to contact him. Any recommendation should come with a short decription of the person recommending and a short description of each of the recommended blogs. Contact can be made through ianwalthew.com. We look forward to seeing Farm Blogs expand!

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