: Letter by Louis Bromfield advertising "Fertileze," the new fertilizer product developed by Bromfield in conjunction with the Friends of the Land organization and outside chemical industries in the mid-1950s. Bromfield's earlier writings reveal an ambivalence about the use of chemical fertilizers and other manufactured inputs in farm systems. Friends of the Land and Bromfield seemed to embark on the Fertileze venture as a fundraising effort as the organization's finances dwindled. The Friends of the Land Collection (1930-1960) contains the papers of the Friends of the Land (1940-1959), a prominent national soil conservation education organization headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. FOTL produced an international literary arts quarterly, THE LAND (edited by New Deal agriculture writer Russell Lord) in addition to several members' only publications (LAND LETTER) and informational pamphlets. They also hosted annual conferences; ran conservation tours, teacher training labs, and workshops; and operated as a national clearinghouse for conservation information. Ohio farmer and novelist Louis Bromfield was active in the organization. Much of the collection reflects the career and interests of FOTL Executive Secretary Ollie Fink, who was a prominent conservation education pioneer in Ohio.
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: MSS364_B03F03_01_01 Subjects
: Conservation education; Bromfield, Louis (1896-1956); Agriculture; Soil science; Malabar Farm Places
: Columbus (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio);