A Farm Dies Once A Year

A Farm Dies Once A Year

A Memoir

Book - 2014 | First edition
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"An intimate, gorgeously observed memoir about family and farming that forms a powerful lesson in the hard-earned risks that make life worth living. The summer he was thirty-one, Arlo Crawford returned home for the summer harvest at New Morning Farm--seventy-five acres tucked in a hollow in south-central Pennsylvania where his parents had been growing organic vegetables for almost forty years. Like many summers before, Arlo returned to the family farm's familiar rhythms--rise, eat, bend, pick, sort, sweat, sleep. But this time he was also there to change his direction, like his father years ago. In the 1970s, well before the explosion of the farm-to-table and slow food movement, Arlo's father, Jim, left behind law school and Vietnam, and decided to give farming a try. Arlo's return also prompts a re-examination of a past tragedy: the murder of a neighboring farmer twenty years before. A chronicle of one full season on a farm, with all its small triumphs and inevitable setbacks, A Farm Dies Once a Year is a mediation on work--the true nature of it, and on taking pride in it--and a son's reckoning with a father's legacy. Above all, it is a striking portrait of how one man builds, sows, and harvests his way into a new understanding of the risks necessary to a life well-lived"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780805098167
080509816X
Branch Call Number: B CRAWFORD
Characteristics: 258 pages ; 22 cm

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AL_KATI Aug 22, 2017

A nice memoir about returning to your roots, especially if you're also interested in farming. I liked reading about all the crops and all the hard work that goes into it.

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posie12
Apr 24, 2017

A young man with little direction , like many young people. I think he likes the idea of organic farming , but isn't so sure about the worry and hard work. The idea of his parents working for years to achieve their dream is really the whole story.

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