Scottie Jones lived a typical suburban, professional life in Phoenix until her husband, Greg, got into a near-fatal car accident. While recovering, he became convinced that they needed a change and a simpler way of life, one more connected with nature and with each other. So, driven by a desire to cut ties with a material and convenient suburban life that had left them feeling empty, they bought a peaceful-looking farmhouse on sixty acres in Oregon and said good-bye to everything they knew. But though the grass may look greener, the road to pastoral bliss is fraught with financial woes, relentless rural roadblocks, and colossal failures. When the burden becomes almost too much to bear, Scottie hits on the idea of turning a house they initially built for their daughter into a Farm Stay, where people could visit and learn about Leaping Lamb Farm. The Farm Stay becomes the niche that rescues them from foreclosure—having found both a sense of purpose and a sense of place, the couple now finds the means to sustain it. In a world increasingly filled with questions of where our food comes from and dissatisfactions about our modern lives, Country Grit is a story that will resonate with countless people itching to get back to the land. Told with humor and hard-earned wisdom, it is also an account of what small-scale farmers across the country experience everyday and a warning that the farming life is not for everyone.
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About the Author
Scottie Jones is the executive director of the US Farm Stay Association, which started as a guest house on her farm. Funded by two USDA grants, it has grown into a nationwide network of farmers whose website has over 600,000 users. Scottie has built a new travel market in the United States and has become a nationally recognized speaker at both tourism and farm conferences across the country. She has written articles about Farm Stay for many magazines including Country, Dressage Today, and Southern Farm & Garden. She is also a founding member of the Oregon Agritourism Network. She still lives at and operates Leaping Lamb Farm in Alsea, Oregon.
Table of Contents
Foreword Joel Salatin ix
Part 1 1
Part 2 49
Part 3 83
Part 4 117
Part 5 157
Epilogue: Stay on the Farm 195
Addendum: A Primer on Farming 203
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this book. It felt honest and heartfelt. I bought it on Saturday morning and finished it by Sunday afternoon. I too have been feeling a need to get back to a simpler way of life and connect with nature. I came up with a two year plan to buy a property large enough for a garden with chickens and possibly a few goats. My plan is not quite as ambitious and delusional as the author and her husband but their story has inspired me even more. I'm 18 months into my two year plan. After reading this book, I can't wait to see how my own story plays out. If you enjoyed the books "Locally Laid" or "The Dirty Life", you will enjoy "Country Grit".