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Growing a Farmer: How I Learned to Live Off the Land

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2012

    I very much enjoyed this book, although as a vegan I skipped the

    I very much enjoyed this book, although as a vegan I skipped the chapters on slaughtering and butchering. I liked the clarity, explanations of small-farm problem-solving, and general tone. His narrative arc documents years of adaptations and stubborn efforts to find a way to earn a living off his 14 acres by full-time farming, and the final chapter describes his current farm plan and the satisfactions of living it. As Puget Sound gardener with a little acreage I learned a few things for my own efforts, although I do not intend to sell my products I do wonder if he discarded vegetable/fruit production for sales too early in his career, but appreciate the discussion of the shorter growing season here.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2011

    Great idea, poor execution

    Let me preface this review with the fact that I read this book immediately after reading The Dirty Life by Kristin Kimball. My experience with Growing a Farmer was certainly affected by this. That being said, this was a poorly constructed book. The ideas presented were interesting, but they were presented in such a flat and lifeless narrative that I had trouble getting through the whole book. You'd expect a book like this to come across as passionate and heartfelt, but this was simply a collection of chapters bound together by an impersonal narrative. I really wanted to like this book. I feel like a good editor could have turned this into a good (maybe even great) book, but everything just seemed to fall short. Perhaps my expectations were a bit too high, but a second round of editing could have done wonders for this book.

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