Shepherd Bliss

Dr. Shepherd Bliss farms in Northern California and teaches psychology part-time at Sonoma State University. An essay of his on agrotherapy was recently published in the new University of Hawaii Press anthology "Enduring War: Stories of What We've Learned" and another will be published in May in the Sierra Club Book's "Ecotherapy: Healing with Nature in Mind." He can be reached at sbliss@hawaii.edu.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Big Wine Fails to Dry Farm During California's Relentless Drought
California Governor Jerry Brown spent this year’s Earth Day at the elite Iron Horse Winery in the Sebastopol countryside. It was a great photo opportunity and promotion for the winery. Iron Horse is known for donations to President Bill Clinton and other politicians, with whom it has cozy...
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Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Oklahoma City, Columbine, Virginia Tech and Now Ft. Hood
Oklahoma City (1995--168 killed), Columbine High (1999--12 killed), Virginia Tech University (2007--32 killed), and now Ft. Hood (13 killed). What do these memorable places have in common? They are each sites where Americans killed Americans in a culture whose violence extends from here to places like Iraq and Afghanistan. They are symptoms of a deep problem not likely to disappear without serious intervention.
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Monday, February 02, 2009
Agrotherapy: How Farms Heal
After farming for most of the last sixteen years in semi-rural Sonoma County in Northern California and being raised partly on our family farm in Iowa, I have come to understand that agriculture can serve many functions, in addition to producing food, fibers, and beverages. Some farms--especially non-industrial small family farms--are places where working the Earth can be good for body, mind and soul. Farms can heal.
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