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

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

by Kurt Timmermeister
     
 

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"Charming . . . . [Kurt Timmermeister] narrates his personal journey with an open, straightforward spirit." —Wall Street JournalSee more details below

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"Charming . . . . [Kurt Timmermeister] narrates his personal journey with an open, straightforward spirit." —Wall Street Journal

Editorial Reviews

Food & Wine
“Half memoir, half farm guide, Kurt Timmermeister's book is perfect for anyone with agrarian fantasies.”
Los Angeles Times
“What sets this book apart is its practical, calm, confidence-inspiring tone. The message is: Farming may not be easy, but just do it.”
Library Journal
Former Seattle chef Timmermeister shares how he turned a neglected, bramble-covered property into Kurtwood Farms, a 13-acre farm specializing in cheese production and weekly farm-to-table dinners. Timmermeister begins his enterprise with little farming know-how. As he cultivates his agrarian education (often through trial and error), he reflects on self-sufficiency, sustainability, and the industrialization of food production. While narrating over two decades of the farm's history, he describes such tasks as installing bees in a new hive, making apple cider, buying livestock, and slaughtering a pig. Timmermeister also provides a helpful annotated list of supplementary titles for readers interested in the practice of sustainable local agriculture. VERDICT The growing popularity of farm-to-table movements has precipitated numerous books on city dwellers turned farmers. Part memoir, part manual, this refreshingly candid account doesn't oversell its author or a political message. An essential read for anyone who's seriously considered quitting a day job to pursue farming or cheese production.—Lisa Campbell, Univ. of Alabama Lib., Tuscaloosa

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393341294
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
01/30/2012
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
740,826
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

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Meet the Author

Kurt Timmermeister was a successful restaurateur in Seattle before buying farmland on Vashon Island in 1991. Originally four acres, Kurtwood Farms is now a thirteen-acre dairy farm specializing in farmstead cheese.

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