A Garlic Testament: Seasons on a Small New Mexico Farm

A Garlic Testament: Seasons on a Small New Mexico Farm

by Stanley Crawford
     
 

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Meditations on growing garlic and on the farming way of life.See more details below

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Meditations on growing garlic and on the farming way of life.

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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.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826319609
Publisher:
University of New Mexico Press
Publication date:
04/28/1998
Pages:
255
Sales rank:
925,601
Product dimensions:
5.57(w) x 8.53(h) x 0.62(d)

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