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Posted August 30, 2010
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Jim Minick bleeds blue!
After reading Jim's book, I'm left craving fresh blueberries and sadly they are out of season now! This book is an energetic tromp through ten years of creating a blueberry farm from a backwoods place that I would love to visit. The field stared as a dense mass of bull pines and finished under Jim and Sarah's hands as blueberry heaven for their pickers. This book reminds me much of the Kingsolver/Hopps book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. I'm struck by the hard work it takes for the American farmer to bring us our food and saddened by our lack of appreciation for that hard work when we succumb to buying produce grown halfway around the world!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Through the hard work and triumph of getting the farm established, there still runs a sentiment of loneliness and longing -- a longing for cultivating his art of writing, a longing for the land, and a longing to continue life's journey wandering toward satisfying endeavors. I appreciate Jim's attitude toward children, sustainability and the desire for creative endeavors. His writing style is makes me feel as if I'm sitting on the front porch with a glass of tea enjoying a summer evening and his occasional disclosure of life's less than pleasant moments add a humorous honesty to his story. He structures his memoir in a way that keeps the reader going wondering what triumph or calamity might happen next and pushing them toward the end to see what really happens with that blueberry field but more importantly what will Jim and Sarah do next and do they ever have the chance to own that perfect piece of land they visited in Wythe county.
This book is highly recommended to any who can appreciate the struggles to realize a dream, for anyone who has been raised in the country (and knows how hard it is), currently lives in the country or someday wants to return to the country. If you are into sustainability, ecological responsibility, being green or being a locavore, then don't miss this one.