The Blueberry Years: A Memoir of Farm and Family / Edition 1

The Blueberry Years: A Memoir of Farm and Family / Edition 1

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by Jim Minick
     
 

ISBN-10: 0312571429

ISBN-13: 9780312571429

Pub. Date: 08/31/2010

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

“A truly inspiring story, in gorgeous prose, about one family’s journey into blueberry farming. Delicious reading.” —Naomi Wolf, author of The End of America

 

The Blueberry Years is a mouth-watering and delightful memoir based on Jim Minick’s trials and tribulations as an organic blueberry farmer. This

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“A truly inspiring story, in gorgeous prose, about one family’s journey into blueberry farming. Delicious reading.” —Naomi Wolf, author of The End of America

 

The Blueberry Years is a mouth-watering and delightful memoir based on Jim Minick’s trials and tribulations as an organic blueberry farmer. This story of one couple and one farm shows how our country’s appetite for cheap food affects how that food is grown, who does or does not grow it, and what happens to the land. But this memoir also calls attention to the fragile nature of our global food system and our nation’s ambivalence about what we eat and where it comes from.

Readers of Michael Polland and Barbara Kingsolver will savor the tale of Jim’s farm and the exploration of larger issues facing agriculture in the United States—like the rise of organic farming, the plight of small farmers, and the loneliness common in rural America. Ultimately, The Blueberry Years tells the story of a place shaped by a young couple’s dream, and how that dream ripened into one of the mid-Atlantic’s first certified-organic, pick-your-own blueberry farms.

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ISBN-13:
9780312571429
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
08/31/2010
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
9.76(w) x 11.06(h) x 1.02(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Prologue The Pickers,
PART I,
Root and Seed (1991-1995),
Chapter 1 Meeting the Berries,
Chapter 2 Meeting the Field,
Chapter 3 Blue Blood,
BLUE INTERLUDE Our Hero,
Chapter 4 Test Plot,
BLUE INTERLUDE Latin Laurel Hells,
Chapter 5 Not to Bee,
Chapter 6 Meeting Joe,
Chapter 7 A Cleared Field,
BLUE INTERLUDE New Farmers and Failure,
Chapter 8 Joe's Holey Spreader,
Chapter 9 Homestead Hint Number 1: Forget the Rope,
Chapter 10 Spying,
BLUE INTERLUDE Blues in History,
Chapter 11 What We Fear,
Chapter 12 The Not-Manual,
PART II,
Grow (1995-1996),
Chapter 13 "Grow, Little Plant",
BLUE INTERLUDE Working off of the Farm,
Chapter 14 College of Mulch and Sciences,
BLUE INTERLUDE Roots and Fungi,
Chapter 15 Homestead Hint Number 2: Throw Out the Electric Clippers,
Chapter 16 Homesteading Alone?,
Chapter 17 Relief,
Chapter 18 Certified,
BLUE INTERLUDE Meditation on Organic,
Chapter 19 Meeting the Mennonites,
Chapter 20 Bees, Blooms, and the First Berry,
PART III,
Fruit (1997-1999),
Chapter 21 Filling the Field,
BLUE INTERLUDE Picking with HD,
Chapter 22 First Official Picker,
Chapter 23 Stricken,
Chapter 24 How To,
BLUE INTERLUDE Frederick Coville,
Chapter 25 Wired,
Chapter 26 My Folks and Manny,
BLUE INTERLUDE Elizabeth White,
Chapter 27 A Handful of Jewels: A Day in the Life,
Chapter 28 Shaking Free,
BLUE INTERLUDE Other Colors,
Chapter 29 Hungry,
Chapter 30 Berry Hut,
Chapter 31 Worms,
BLUE INTERLUDE Blues Evolution,
Chapter 32 Affinity,
Chapter 33 Forgetfulness,
Chapter 34 Don't You Know,
Chapter 35 Religious Moments,
Chapter 36 A New Religion,
BLUE INTERLUDE The Benefits of Organic,
Chapter 37 To Market,
BLUE INTERLUDE Eating Local,
Chapter 38 Homestead Hint Number 3: Spray or Pray,
Chapter 39 Sweetness,
Chapter 40 Pursuing Art,
Chapter 41 Thursdays with Brian, Fridays with Chico,
Chapter 42 Scars,
Chapter 43 End of a Season,
PART IV,
Prune (2000),
Chapter 44 Pruning,
Chapter 45 A Different Dream?,
Chapter 46 Uncle Nathan,
Chapter 47 What Else?,
Chapter 48 Hired Help,
Chapter 49 Regulars,
BLUE INTERLUDE Blue Lit,
Chapter 50 Buckets,
Chapter 51 Variety,
BLUE INTERLUDE Blue Movies,
Chapter 52 Kids,
Chapter 53 Spies and Lies,
Chapter 54 The Jazz of a Perfect Weed,
BLUE INTERLUDE Blue Songs,
Chapter 55 The Fourth of July,
Chapter 56 American Sushi,
Chapter 57 What They Lacked,
BLUE INTERLUDE The Benefits of Blue,
Chapter 58 A Certain Tenderness,
BLUE INTERLUDE Blues Today,
PART V,
Harvest (2001-2002),
Chapter 59 Frozen,
BLUE INTERLUDE Our Problems,
Chapter 60 Bit,
Chapter 61 Still They Come,
BLUE INTERLUDE Listening at Whitesbog,
Chapter 62 Critters,
Chapter 63 Joe's Blues,
Chapter 64 Why Move?,
Chapter 65 PA Picking Again,
BLUE INTERLUDE Costs,
Chapter 66 Searching for a Single Berry,
Epilogue The Pickers II,
One Final Interlude,
Blueberry Recipes,
Appendix of Sources,
Acknowledgments,
About the Author,
AUTHOR'S NOTE,

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Blueberry Years: A Memoir of Farm and Family 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Ragamuffin More than 1 year ago
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! 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.