Abstract

An organizer, consultant, and educator in the alternative agriculture movement, Grace Gershuny has been active in the field since the 1970s when she worked for the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA), developing its first organic certification program. As a leader in the movement, Gershuny helped to establish both the Organic Trade Association and the Organic Farmer: The Digest of Sustainable Agriculture. Today she continues to write and teach on the subject, serving as a faculty member at a number of colleges, most recently Green Mountain College.

The collection consists chiefly of printed material from a run of the Organic Farmer to Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas (ATTRA) publications and organizational newsletters, such as the Rural Education Center. Amongst these publications are a few small but significant groups of materials including notes from Gershuny's role as the NOFA VT coordinator in 1979 and her drafts and notes for the second editions of The Soul of Soil.

Access

The collection is open for research.

Language:

English
Grace Gershuny Papers
1977-2007
3 boxes (3.5 linear ft.)
Call no.: MS 793

Background on Grace Gershuny

Soul of Soil (book cover)

Born in New York City in 1950, Grace Gershuny's early life took place far away from the agricultural epicenter of northern Vermont, where she thrives today. Her rural career began after her time at Queens College of the City University of New York ended. It was here that she earned a B.A. in Mass Communications. By 1973, Gershuny was a Vermonter and market gardener alongside her husband at the time, Stewart Hoyt, who supplied artistic talent for Gershuny's earliest editions of her book The Soul of Soil. Within two years Gershuny was constructing the Northeast Kingdom Farmers Market as a member of NOFA (Natural Organic Farmers Association). She moved through NOFA's ranks in 1977, earning the title of Certification Coordinator, leading her to the position of Vermont State Coordinator in 1979.

Gershuny sought to continue her education at the age of thirty, this time at the University of Vermont from which she received a Master's degree in Extension Education in 1982. Just one year later, she published the first edition of The Soul of Soil, followed by a second edition in 1986. Both editions received high praise and even garnered international attention because of the work's appeal to farmers from all backgrounds. Gershuny's next book, Start with the Soil, was published in 1993. The Soul of Soil is now in its fourth edition as of 1999.

Grace Gershuny is currently living in Saint Johnsbury, Vermont, and serves as an active faculty member at the Institute for Social Ecology, as well as a blogger for Chelsea Green Publishing and a board member of the Highfields Center for Composting.

Contents of Collection

Gershuny's papers contain numerous drafts, reviews, and publicity of both the first and second editions of The Soul of Soil, as well as a large number of magazines and articles submitted for review during her time as the editor of Organic Farmer magazine and chief of Gaia Services. Other materials relate to her work for the Northeast Organic & Sustainable Farmers Network (NOSFaN) including reports and publications on organic and sustainable farming that were collected during the mid-1970s to the early 1990s. Among these are publications by Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas (ATTRA), issues of Organic Farmer, and other alternative farming magazines. Audio tapes dating from 1991 to 1993 discuss soil science, sustainable agriculture, the definition of organic quality, and modern changes to the meat industry.

Gershuny's personal writings detail her definition of organic agriculture as well as her efforts to support sustainability in the Northeast. Materials gathered from her time as a coordinator for the Vermont division of NOFA include calendars, development plans, and interactions with other small organizations based around aiding farmers. Finally, the collection contains information on courses held at the Institute for Social Ecology, copies of required texts, and course requirements.

Collection inventory
Americans for Safe Food
1984-1992

Box 1: 1

Kiplinger Agriculture Letter, Rutland Daily Herald, Homeopathy Today, The Rural Education Center (TREC) Quarterly.

Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas (ATTRA): Converting to Organic Farming
1978-1989

Box 1: 2
Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas (ATTRA): Farm-scale composting
circa 1987-1989

Box 1: 3
Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas (ATTRA): Organic Fruit Production
1986-1990

Box 1: 4
Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas (ATTRA): Organic and Low-Spray Apple Production
1986-1990

Box 1: 5
Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas (ATTRA): Soils and weeds
1990-1992

Box 1: 6
Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas (ATTRA): Tools and Techniques for Organic Market Gardening
ca. 1989

Box 1: 7
Biological pest control research
1982-1992

Box 1: 8
Bringing the Food Economy Home (photocopy)
2000

Box 1: 9
Brochures
ca. 1987-1992

Box 1: 10

OFPANA, NOFA, FLO, CCOF, Little Bear Trading Company, Farm Verified Organic, organic farming informational pamphlets; NY Times clippings; Soil Fertility Guide.

Business as NOFA Vermont Coordinator
1979 Mar-Dec

Box 1: 11
Changing Structure of the Meat Industry and its Implications for Agricultural Sustainability (W. Heffernan)
1991

Box 3: 5
Church-Land Grant University Consultation Northeast Region
undated

Box 1: 12
Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC)
ca. 2001-2003

Box 1: 13

Toronto's Food Charter/Policy Council, Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development (SARD).

Conference on Food Policy for Religious Leaders and Concerned Laity
1978

Box 1: 14
Earth's Best Baby Food & Organically Grown in Vermont
ca. 1989

Box 1: 15
Eco-Farm 1993: Biological Management of Soil & Plant Pathogens
1993

Box 3: 1
Eco-Farm 1993: Holistic Resource Management
1993

Box 3: 2
Eco-Farm 1993: Scientific Evidence Validates Organic Nutritional Quality
1993

Box 3: 3
Eco-Farm 1993: Sustainable Ag Labor: Field with RALPH PAIGE
1993

Box 3: 4
Environmental Effects of Conventional and Organic/Biological Farming Systems
1988 June

Box 1: 16
Farm Case Studies
1980-1991

Box 1: 17
Gershuny, Grace, Articles and notes
ca. 1984-1991

Box 1: 18
Greenhouse Information
1980-1982

Box 1: 19
Harbinger
2003 Spring

Box 1: 20
Homegrown Vegetarian draft
August 1979

Box 1: 21
iFOAM, CCOF, OGBA: Farm inspection manuals/guides
1983-1989

Box 1: 22
Impact of Decision by GATT, CODEX and Other International Trade Entities (L. Thrupp)
1992

Box 3: 6
LISA: General publicity
1989-1991

Box 1: 23
LISA/NOSFaN presenters and advisors for in-service training
1989 January-1990 March

Box 1: 24
Maine Organic Farmer: Bees
1986 May-1987 June

Box 1: 25
Main Organic Farmer: Berries
1985 July-August

Box 1: 26
Media coverage
ca. 1982-1991

Box 1: 27

New York Times, Boston Globe, misc.

Miscellaneous
ca. 1991-1996

Box 1: 28

Includes World Sustainable Agricultue Association, Consep, & NOSFaN.

National Science Foundation (NSF) & Northern Organic Farmers' Association (NOFA)
ca. 1979-1981

Box 1: 29
New England Farmer: forage crops
1987-1988

Box 1: 30
NOFA/NOSFaN "Farming for the Future" Seminar
1987-1991

Box 1: 31
NOFA/NRAES (Natural Resource, Agriculture, and Engineering Service) Manual: Organic and Low Input Farming Systems in the Northeast
ca. 1992

Box 1: 32
Nonconventional soil additives (NCR-103)
1992 Oct

Box 1: 33
Northeast Organic & Sustainable Farmers Network (NOSFaN) Farm Field Days & Farmer Profiles
1989-1990

Box 1: 34
NOSFaN "Farming for the Future" Evaluations
1990-1991

Box 1: 35
NOSFaN "Farming for the Future" Seminar
1990

Box 1: 36
NOSFaN/LISA (Low Input Sustainble Agriculture) Budget proposals & addendums
1989-1990

Box 1: 37
NOSFaN Production Manual
ca. 1990

Box 1: 38
NOSFaN Production Manual Chapter revisions
1990 Nov-1991 May

Box 1: 39
Notes on cultivation workshop
undated

Box 1: 40
Notes and publications: ethnobotany
ca. 1992

Box 1: 41
OFPANA Guidelines for the Organic Foods Industry
1986

Box 1: 42
Organic farming, soil, and pesticide publications
1993

Box 1: 43
Organic/Sustainable Agriculture: The Global Challenge
1991

Box 3: 7
Pamphlets
1988-1990

Box 1: 44
Restrictions on access:

NOFA, NOSFaN, OFPANA, LISA, & others journals/publications on sustainable agriculture, alternative farming, livestock care, chemical usage.

Personal notes
undated

Box 1: 45
Principles of Social Ecology at The Institute for Social Ecology
2000

Box 1: 46
Principles of Social Ecology: required texts
ca. 2000

Box 1: 47
Principles of Social Ecology: required texts
ca. 2000

Box 1: 48
Promoting the Marketing of Locally Grown Food
1991

Box 3: 8
Publications
1991-1992

Box 1: 49
Publications: apples
1989-1990

Box 1: 50
Publications: aquaculture
1988-1991

Box 1: 51
Publications: botanicals
1983-1990

Box 1: 52
Publications: California Agriculture
1986-1989

Box 1: 53
Publications: CCOF Newsletter
1993-1997

Box 1: 54
Publications: cover crops
1977-1991

Box 1: 55
Publications: Farmings, misc.
ca. 1981-1983

Box 1: 56
Publications: fertilizers
1984-1989

Box 2: 1
Publications: food/recipes
ca. 1984-1993

Box 2: 2
Publications: fruits & vegetables
1985-1990

Box 2: 3
Publications: GMO, & Organic
2004-2007

Box 2: 4
Publications: grassroots, revolution
1992-1994

Box 2: 5
Publications: Growing for Market
undated

Box 2: 6
Publications: health, spirituality, preservation
1987-2003

Box 2: 7
Publications: horticulture
1975-1985

Box 2: 8
Publications: HortIdeas
1993 Apr-July

Box 2: 9
Publications: Institute for Social Ecology
1987-2003

Box 2: 10
Publications: IPM Practitioner
1993-1995

Box 2: 11
Publications: Kick It Over
1993-1994

Box 2: 12
Publications on lawns and landscapes
1987-1991

Box 2: 13
Publications: livestock health
1986-1991

Box 2: 14
Publications: Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener
1989-1997

Box 2: 15
Publications: medicinal herbs
ca. 1987-1991

Box 2: 16
Publications: miscellaneous
1983-1997

Box 2: 17
Publications: miscellaneous
1990-1995

Box 2: 18
Publications: miscellaneous
1983-1992

Box 2: 19
Publications: Multinational Monitor
1992-1994

Box 2: 20
Publications: mushrooms
undated

Box 2: 21
Publications: NOFA
1999-2011

Box 2: 22
Publications: OFPANA
1986-1988

Box 2: 23
Publications: organic
ca. 1989

Box 2: 24
Publications: Organic Farmer
1990

Box 2: 25
Publications: Organic Farmer
1991

Box 2: 26
Publications: Organic Farmer
1992

Box 2: 27
Publications: Organic Farmer
1993

Box 2: 28
Publications: Organic Farmer
1994

Box 2: 29
Publications: Organic Farming Research Foundation
1996-1997

Box 2: 30
Publications: Permaculture Activist
1991-1993

Box 2: 31
Publications: Pest Control
1985-1991

Box 2: 32
Publications: plant pathology
undated

Box 2: 33
Publications: post-harvest
circa 1991

Box 2: 34
Publications: poultry
circa 1985

Box 2: 35
Publications: rabbits
circa 1985

Box 2: 36
Publications: reports on organic farming and agriculture
1980-2004

Box 2: 37
Publications: Rural Vermont Report
1996-2004

Box 2: 38
Publications: seeds
1984-1989

Box 2: 39
Publications: solar aquatics
1988-1991

Box 2: 40
Publications: Suzanne Vaupel
1988-1990

Box 2: 41
Publications: tools
circa 1987

Box 2: 42
Publications: TRANET & NODPA
1993-2004

Box 2: 43
Publications: tree crops
1985-1988

Box 2: 44
Publications: United Nations
1976-1992

Box 2: 45
Publications: weed control
1984-1992

Box 2: 46
Publications: Worm Digest
1994-1996

Box 2: 47
Radical Agriculture at Institute for Social Ecology
2000

Box 2: 48

Course description and texts.

Return to the Land, Community, and Self
2004

Box 2: 49
Stonyfield Farm: "Moos from the Farm"
1992

Box 2: 50
Soul of Soil,(1st edition)
1983 July

Box 2: 51
Soul of Soil, (2nd edition)
1986

Box 2: 52
Soul of Soil: 1st edition promotions and reviews
1983 Fall-1985

Box 2: 53
Soul of Soil: 2nd edition letters, drafts, proposals, book orders, figures
1984-1986

Box 2: 54
Soul of Soil: 2nd edition production assistance
1985

Box 2: 55
Soul of Soil: 2nd edition promotions
ca. 1985-1988

Box 2: 56
Soul of Soil: 2nd edition reviews
1986-1988

Box 2: 57
Task Force for Food and Farm Policy: Central New York Region
1976-1979

Box 2: 58
Title XXI: Organic Certification, Organic Field Crop Production
1990

Box 2: 59
TREC: Stirring and Perspectives
1982-1984

Box 2: 60
UVM Extension Services: Water systems
undated

Box 2: 61
Vermont Rural Church Project & Vermont Organic Farmers (VOF)
1981-1987

Box 2: 62
Western Organic Laboratories, Inc.
undated

Box 2: 63
Administrative information
Provenance

Acquired from Grace Gershuny, 2011.

Processing Information

Processed by Haley Chauvin, December 2013.

Copyright and Use (More informationConnect to publication information)

Cite as: Grace Gershuny Papers (MS 793). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

Search terms
Subjects
  • Farming--United States
  • Organic farmers
  • Organic farming
  • Tetrahymena--Genetics.
Names
  • Gershuny, Grace
  • Northeast Organic Farming Association