The Quarter-Acre Farm: How I Kept the Patio, Lost the Lawn, and Fed My Family for a Year

The Quarter-Acre Farm: How I Kept the Patio, Lost the Lawn, and Fed My Family for a Year

by Spring Warren, Jesse Pruet
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The Quarter-Acre Farm: How I Kept the Patio, Lost the Lawn, and Fed My Family for a Year by Spring Warren, Jesse Pruet

When Spring Warren told her husband and two teenage boys that she wanted to grow 75 percent of all the food they consumed for one year—and that she wanted to do it in their yard—they told her she was crazy.

She did it anyway.

The Quarter-Acre Farm is Warren’s account of deciding—despite all resistance—to take control of her family’s food choices, get her hands dirty, and create a garden in her suburban yard. It’s a story of bugs, worms, rot, and failure; of learning, replanting, harvesting, and eating. The road is long and riddled with mistakes, but by the end of her yearlong experiment, Warren’s sons and husband have become her biggest fans—in fact, they’re even eager to help harvest (and eat) the beautiful bounty she brings in.

Full of tips and recipes to help anyone interested in growing and preparing at least a small part of their diet at home, The Quarter-Acre Farm is a warm, witty tale about family, food, and the incredible gratification that accompanies self-sufficiency.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580054010
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication date: 03/15/2011
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 620,601
File size: 8 MB

About the Author

Spring Warren is the author of the novel Turpentine, a bronze medalist for the 2007 ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award and a San Francisco Chronicle Notable Book of 2007.

Warren comes from Wyoming, where here family has lived since 1870. A true gal of the American West, she grew up in Casper and at a ranch in the Black Hills that her parents still own. She’s been a schoolteacher (children bring cow testicles to school for show and tell in Wyoming), raised pigs, killed rattlesnakes, hunted, and fished. When she moved toward writing, she was a working as a short order cook, selling worms and maple bars to campers, and teaching swimming lessons in the shadow of Devil's Tower, and was living in a trailer where she washed clothes in a wringer washer and dried them by the heat of the wood stove.

Warren now lives in Davis, California, an educational hub of the agricultural world, in the Central Valley, the world’s most productive agricultural region.

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The Quarter-Acre Farm: How I Kept the Patio, Lost the Lawn, and Fed My Family for a Year 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
bookloverJC More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. Will make your realize you can plant a garden in your own backyard and enjoy doing it. Of course there will be some ups and downs, but I think the joy expressed in this book would be well worth the try.
KMom246 More than 1 year ago
Spring Warren has the special gift of regaling one with wit and humor - while sneaking in some pretty heavy duty history and science. She does it so deftly, however, that there is not even one pin prick of pain. In fact, the only pain you will feel is the ache in your side from laughing so much at the drama in her yard. The recipes sound delicious and her son's illustrations are as delightful as his mother's writing. One can read this just for fun, and great fun it will be; however, you can also read this as a guide for trying it on your own. Her trials will help you avoid some serious mistakes, and her successes will help point you down the path for creating your own similar successes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book. Funny. Sticking to eating what she grew and having one crop for weeks before anything else was ripe and finding ways to cook it and not give up. Although its a given that she doesn't have a day job so she has plenty of time on her hands which she admits to gardening in her bath robe lots of days.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago