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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 Journal
When he purchased four acres of land on Vashon Island, Kurt Timmermeister was only looking for an affordable home near the restaurants he ran in Seattle. But as he slowly settled into his new property, he became awakened to the

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"Charming . . . . [Kurt Timmermeister] narrates his personal journey with an open, straightforward spirit." —Wall Street Journal
When he purchased four acres of land on Vashon Island, Kurt Timmermeister was only looking for an affordable home near the restaurants he ran in Seattle. But as he slowly settled into his new property, he became awakened to the connection between what he ate and where it came from: a hive of bees provided honey, a young cow could give fresh milk, an apple orchard allowed him to make vinegar. With refreshing honesty, Timmermeister details the initial stumbles and subsequent realities he faced as he established a profitable farm for himself. Personal yet practical, Growing a Farmer will entirely recast the way we think about our relationship to the food we consume.

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:
602,312
Product dimensions:
5.60(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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