paper, 255 pp., $14.95
In this collection of essays by novice farmers, the authors address a range of challenges that they have faced during their introduction to the business of sustainable and humane farming practices. The writers come from a variety of backgrounds and they are all focused on a single goal of offering food with flavor and nutrition. Despite the physical and mental demands, as well as the occasional battles with nature that come with such efforts, their stories echo a positive attitude toward their commitments. After reading their stories, readers will find that they have a greater appreciation for these modern pioneers on the front lines of farming.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden