A memoir of making these essential relationships work in the face of challenges as natural as weather and as unnatural as corporate politics, her book is a firsthand history of getting in at the “ground level” of organic farming. One of the first certified organic produce farms in the Midwest, the Diffleys’ Gardens of Eagan helped to usher in a new kind of green revolution in the heart of America’s farmland, supplying their roadside stand and a growing number of local food co-ops. This is a story of a world transformedand reclaimedone square acre at a time.
And yet, after surviving punishing storms and the devastating loss of fifth-generation Diffley family land to suburban development, the Diffleys faced the ultimate challenge: the threat of eminent domain for a crude oil pipeline proposed by one of the largest privately owned companies in the world, notorious polluters Koch Industries. As Atina Diffley tells her David-versus-Goliath tale, she gives readers everything from expert instruction in organic farming to an entrepreneur’s manual on how to grow a business to a legal thriller about battling corporate arrogance to a love story about a single mother falling for a good, big-hearted man.
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Cold, Hard WaterMy Name Is TinaIt’s Not HereThe Other Has My HeartForward through FirePast in the PresentSpring’s Fault, 1985Songbirds NestingAncient NeedRock and BirdHealth Is True WealthDrought of ’88Endangered SpeciesNomadsAs-If-It-Never-ExistedWhat to Hold on ToSubsoil Is the Mineral BaseEurekaIf Soil Is VirginMaison DiffleySpring Covenant, 1994Fertile GroundThe DifferenceThe Real World of Fresh ProduceLiving in the Relative PresentLooking to the FutureKale versus KochDefinitely Not FungibleSoil versus OilOrganic IntegrityHail Thaws into LifeNormal Process