Son of a Farmer

“Everything is connected. That bond is what keeps this Planet dancing round in poetic choreography. That connection is what keeps us all alive. What we do to the Earth, we do to ourselves. If we are capable of destruction, we are most certainly capable of healing. ” – Eric Herm

Eric Herm, (organic farmer, author, activist and musician) translates modern day agriculture and life through various mediums and venues in his own unique West Texas manner. With plow, pen, guitar and sarcastic wit, Herm plunges forward into a world of tumbleweeds, sandstorms, droughts, GMOs, and rural existence.


"Eric Herm’s Son of a Farmer, Child of the Earth puts it all together with all the backup facts, connected dots, and heartfelt prose. I can now recommend this one book to my students instead of the usual 20 or so that have been necessary to adequately describe the current state of our culture, governance, and environment…Perhaps Son of a Farmer, Child of the Earth will instill within its readers the courage to become the warriors of our uncertain future."

- Scott Pittman | Director and co-founder of the Permaculture Institute

"Wow.  A mixture of holy water evangelist and tree hugging shaman, Eric Herm takes on American materialistic decadence and landscape rape with aggressively insightful causes and solutions.  Mischievously clever wordsmithing illustrates both wit and depth of understanding that only come from eclectic knowledge and spending many hours alone, in the fields, deeply thinking.  Although Herm’s vituperative condemnation of modern America could be termed negative, his discussions all lilt into an Earth stewardship love song that is refreshingly positive.  Herm has done our culture a great service in this altar call to get our hearts rights and then heal our world.  A truly wonderful read."

- Joel Salatin | Polyface Farms, author of several books on sustainable agriculture

"With erudition, poetry, and a profound love for his parched West Texas landscape, Eric Herm reawakens the farmer in all of us, showing how we can free our food system from corporate control while recovering our deepest humanity. Herm offers a deeply engaging mix of personal insight, scientific knowledge, populist rage, and a quest to regain a true partnership with the rest of nature."

- Brian Tokar | Author of Earth for Sale, The Green Alternative, and Toward Climate Justice

"This is an invaluable source for anyone wishing to learn the secrets of American agriculture and should be used as a textbook in our schools and colleges. Most Americans have little understanding of our agriculture heritage; Eric’s book is a must read for those wishing to understand our nation’s food system."

- Derry Brownfield - Legendary Rancher and national radio talk show host

"One way or another, a whole bunch more people will be taking up farming as a life’s work in the next few years…With good-natured humor and humility, Eric Herm shows the way forward."

- Albert Bates | Director of the Global Institute for Appropriate Technology and author of The Biochar Solution