Egan Maritime Institute

Town Farms and Country Commons: Farming on Nantucket


by Debra McManis

Tells the forgotten side of Nantucket's history – the story of those who worked the sandy soil, feeding the island while others were pursuing whales, fish and maritime commerce – from the first Wampanoag gardeners through the English cattle promoters and the intense sheep industry of the 1800s, to today’s organic gardens and stands groaning with sweet native August corn.  McManis, through patient research and personal interviews, recounts the labor and ingenuity of the hardworking tillers of Nantucket, who for centuries have coaxed a living from their precious patch of land. 

2010, $24.99 softcover (190 pp.)

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