Thursday, June 19, 2014

Farm Reads

On June 22 at 5 p.m., author Forrest Pritchard will join us in the John Barton Payne Building to speak about his book Gaining Ground: A Story of Farmers' Markets, Local Food, and Saving the Family Farm, and share his inspiring story about saving his family farm.

In anticipation of this event, we're bringing you some of our favorite books about farming and food.

Local Food Writing

Like Pritchard, many writers have shared stories of enjoying food close to home.
  • The classic local food memoir may be Barbara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. Kingsolver describes her family's move to rural Virginia and their attempt to rely on local food for a year. Kingsolver's book is both poetic and informative.
  • Not all farm memoirs are set in the idyllic countryside. In Farm City, Novella Carpenter tells the story of the farm she started in Oakland, California. Farm City is at once moving and hilarious and a great underdog story.
  • Another farm memoir is Kurt Timmermeister's Growing a Farmer. The author writes of his transition from urban restauranteur to rural farmer, chronicling his discoveries and misadventures along the way.
  • Farmer and novelist Wendell Berry has been writing for decades about food and sustainable farming. Bringing It to the Table collects thirty years of Berry's essays.

Grow It Yourself

Whether you're a seasoned gardener (excuse the pun) or just getting started, the library has resources to help tackle your next project.

Happy growing!

Becky @ Warrenton

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