Advance Praise

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from wonderful people


I was hooked from the very first line of Deb Habib and Ricky Baruc’s beautiful book, Making Love While Farming.  In a time when so much of what makes our world wondrous and just is being threatened, Habib and Baruc’s book is a hopeful and joyous antidote. Through personal narrative interwoven with practical advice (and delicious recipes!), the authors take us on an unforgettable journey that is riveting, funny, and always deeply moving and down to earth.

Mira Bartók, author of the New York Times bestselling memoir,The Memory Palace


 Making Love While Farming is a practical beacon of inspiration and hope for humanity…an invaluable gift whose timeliness cannot be overstated. This is not a feel-good book.  It is a get-out-and-do-good book. Deb and Ricky have demonstrated convincingly that making love and making a difference can be and should be synonymous.

Greg Watson, two term Massachusetts Commissioner of Agriculture, Director for Policy and Systems Design at the Schumacher Center for a New Economics


Farming and loving, passion and purpose: words that do not always fit seamlessly, but Deb Habib and Ricky Baruc have managed to bring them together beautifully in this inspiring testament to their life’s work. Weaving common sense, humor, and love, this is a truly delicious potpourri of thoughts on sustainable farming, anti-war activism, healthy eating, and committed solidarity for people and the earth. I know you will treasure this book as much as I treasure them.

Sonia Nieto, Professor Emerita, College of Education, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Author of Affirming Diversity and numerous other titles.


Making Love While Farming belongs right next to the Nearing’s Living the Good Life, with a major difference. Ricky and Deb not only model how they personally live the good life, but also share their great commitment to building healthy communities and directly increasing access to fresh, healthy food. If you want to be inspired, read this book!

Tom Wessels, Terrestrial Ecologist and author of The Myth of Progress and Reading the Forested Landscape: A Natural History of New England


I’ve always thought that the most amazing tales are the ones based on people’s real lives. This sweet book is no exception. Beautifully written, the essays inspire and entertain, while being a wealth of information for those interested in creating a more thoughtful, sustainable future. These stories filled me with gratitude and hope that the human race can create good communities if our hearts are committed and we aren’t afraid of a little hard work. In their words “…sacrifice and sacred share a holy root, and the line is often permeable if such choices bring you closer to yourself, others, and nature.” So true!

Roxanne Swentzell, Sculptor, Flowering Tree Permaculture Institute co-founder, and author of The Pueblo Food Experience Cookbook: Whole Food of Our Ancestors


This is a revolutionary story, the account of a beautiful journey of one family discovering the rich rewards of conscientious right livelihood, then experiencing the abundant fruits of their joyful, persistent hard work, while earnestly sharing their organic philosophy with the larger community as an example for others.

S. Brian Willson, Vietnam veteran, peace activist, and author of Blood on the Tracks


Seeds of Solidarity founders Deb Habib and Ricky Baruc weave their decades of experience with sustainable farming and community revitalization into a compelling narrative that offers practical, concrete advice about how we can work together to empower others and change how our country thinks about food.

Congressman Jim McGovern


Deb and Ricky’s life is both a prayer and an answer to our prayers. Their work to heal our relationships to land and each other is the tangible manifestation of their love. Bearing witness to the grit, ingenuity, determination, and passion that birthed Seeds of Solidarity gave us the confidence to manifest Soul Fire Farm. Both practical and poetic Making Love While Farming is a road map to creating a life of joy and meaning.

Leah Penniman, author of Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm’s Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land.