A Garlic Testament: Seasons on a Small New Mexico Farm


From his New Mexico mountain home, award-winning author Stanley Crawford writes about growing garlic and selling it.

"To dream a garden and then to plant it is an act of independence and even defiance to the greater world."—Stan Crawford

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From his New Mexico mountain home, award-winning author Stanley Crawford writes about growing garlic and selling it.

"To dream a garden and then to plant it is an act of independence and even defiance to the greater world."—Stan Crawford

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
More than 20 years ago, Crawford ( Mayordomo ) and his wife Rosemary settled in a mountain valley an hour outside of Santa Fe. They made the adobe bricks with which they built a house and started both to raise a family and to work what is now a four-acre farm. While the author writes that they ``were a little too old to be hippies, though we tried,'' the couple's turning to the land was a thoughtful, considered move. This elegant and unsentimental account of how Crawford learned to grow his principal crop, garlic, and what that process has revealed about himself and his place in the world is probing. An eloquent paean to physical effort and to the land he cares for and depends on, his chronicle is a treasure trove of planting lore, from the autumn planting of garlic cloves to the winter-long ``hibernation,'' the sighting of first shoots in spring, the formation of seed stalks in early summer, the harvesting soon after, and the less satisfying process, to him, of selling his produce, including statice and squash, at farmers' markets in Santa Fe and Los Alamos. Crawford's keen observations, penned in well-hewn prose, are as reflectively nurtured and pungently powerful as his crop of choice. (Mar.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826319609
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1998
  • Pages: 255
  • Sales rank: 1,495,794
  • Product dimensions: 5.57 (w) x 8.53 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Stanley Crawford lives in Dixon, New Mexico.

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Table of Contents

I Autumn: Plantings 1
1 Garlic Questions Finally Answered 3
2 Uprightness Is All 6
3 The Earth: That Sea 10
4 Garlic Ghettos 17
5 The Flying Clone 21
6 Crops, Words, Movies 24
7 One Makes Twelve 30
8 Water 35
9 The Pound Weight of the Real 38
10 Which Leads to the Subject of Vampires 44
11 Buried Blossoms 49
12 December Light 53
II Winter: Borders 59
13 Waiting 61
14 A Hope in Vultures 70
15 Magpies 75
16 How to Raise a Magpie 81
17 Accretions 88
18 Cheatgrass 95
III Spring: Contexts 101
19 Water: Continued 103
20 An Orchard, A Painting 107
21 Water: Concluded 110
22 Fertilizers 114
23 How to Farm 121
24 Hoeing 127
25 Companions 135
26 Pyrotechnics 142
27 A History of Digging 150
28 Garlic Pulls and Garlic Washings 156
29 Plays, Instructions, Harvests 160
30 Forms of Wealth 166
IV Summer: Exchange 173
31 Sorting 175
32 Buying and Selling: The Pound Weight of the Real, Continued 180
33 The City 186
34 Staying Home 191
35 Third World Summers 194
36 To Market: Santa Fe 204
37 The Atomic Bomb Ring 215
38 Miracle Cure 230
39 Financial Statement 234
Sources 240
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