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Turn Here Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works

Turn Here Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works

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by Atina Diffley

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When the hail starts to fall, Atina Diffley doesn’t compare it to golf balls. She’s a farmer. It’s “as big as a B-size potato.” As her bombarded land turns white, she and her husband Martin huddle under a blanket and reminisce: the one-hundred-mile-per-hour winds; the eleven-inch rainfall (“that broccoli turned out

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Turn Here Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
TheShort1 More than 1 year ago
This book started like a book about a simple farming woman who loves the land. After one bad relationship, she finds a man with similar feelings who already has ties to the land, organic farming, and a whole supportive community. Together they endure all sorts of hardships from the weather to land owning problems, but thier strong ties to to community keep it all together. Then, just when they seem to have it made--after 30 years of organic farming--enter a huge corporation to really screw things up. I'm a sap for animal stories, but I've never cried over soil and vegetable farming before now. Great story by a very intelligent and tough woman. I just bought 3 more copies of the book, which I plan to give to friends and neighbors. After reading this I will make a real effort to buy and eat organic from now on. I had no idea what was involved in organic farming. What a ride this book is!!!!!
HaroldBrown More than 1 year ago
In this powerful page-turner Atina Diffley had me mesmerized as she told her story, from her child hood in rural Wisconsin to her career as an Organic Produce Farmer close to the Twin Cities. Gathering steam through the pages is the thrum of our archetypal relationship with land and agriculture. By connecting us to our forgotten cycles, her story brought me closer to the source where life begins and ends: soil. As she invited me into her stream of consciousness I was astounded and inspired by her self-empowerment. An unstoppable force, she took me though her journey to stand up for her emotional rights, her growing passion for farming and hits an unbelievable climax when she takes the Koch Brothers to court because they threatened to lay a crude oil pipeline through her organic vegetable farm. Her historical case had the support of over 4,500 people who sent letters to the presiding judge extolling the indispensability of her farm. As she fights the pipeline she gives valuable insider information about the Organic farming, selling and consuming network of the Twin Cities and surrounding area. From start to finish this book is an invaluable resource and truly a tale of empowerment for females, farmers, and eaters everywhere.
BKRichardson More than 1 year ago
I am so glad a friend suggested I read "Turn Here Sweet Corn." An organic farmer, she beamed about this farming memoir, and I now understand why. Diffley writes and feels life beautifully. She knows how to read soil. She can literally sit in a field with her hands in the dirt and know what that dirt needs. Dirt aside, there's plenty of intrigue, heartache, growth and conundrums in this excellent memoir. The Koch brothers picked on the wrong organic farm to cross with their proposed pipeline.  I've long wondered what life would be like as a farmer. Diffley gives that and so much more. I loved the book and recommend it to friends whether they adore dirt or not.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It made me laugh, it made me cry, I am not a sap, but this book really touched my heart and I learned so much from it. I, too, am going to buy this book for friends and family. It is hard to describe - love story , thriller , memoir, inspirational. You need to read it!
Swampgal2 More than 1 year ago
I expected to learn about organic farming. I did not expect such beautiful writing and insight into the meaning of home, work, community, and land. I also did not expect to be inspired. A very important read, would be super for discussion..
koren56 More than 1 year ago
I'm not usually a fan of farming or gardening memoirs, but this book caught my eye with it's unusual title. I could not put it down. I would have never imagined how much thought, work, and knowledge and trials go into organic farming. Atina is someone you would want to get to know. This isnt a memoir about farming, it is a memoir about love of the land, nature and people. I actually cried when I read parts of this book. It will make you think twice the next time you buy food.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago