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The Dirty Life by Kristin Kimball
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May 12, 2011

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_The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love_ by Kristin Kimball (Published October 12th 2010 by Scribner)
Added 5/12/11.
Our local public library has just announced a "Community-Wide Reading Experience" featuring this book. The purpose of the event is to connect people through reading. The event will run from May 19, 2011 to October 6, 2011. The event is being run in conjunction with the library's Folklife Center program called “Foodways: Documenting the Local".

A member review by Megan says:
"This was a fun read. It is about a 30ish woman who was a journalist in New York. She went out on an assignment about organic farming, meets a farmer and soon is living with said farmer. This book is the story of how they set up their farm, the work and their lives. I now want a couple of draft horses and some chickens."
The farm is in upstate New York, near Lake Champlain. It's called "Essex Farm".

Below is an excerpt from the GR review:
"The Dirty Life is the captivating chronicle of their first year on Essex Farm, from the cold North Country winter through the following harvest season—complete with their wedding in the loft of the barn.

"Kimball and her husband had a plan: to grow everything needed to feed a community. It was an ambitious idea, a bit romantic, and it worked. Every Friday evening, all year round, a hundred people travel to Essex Farm to pick up their weekly share of the "whole diet"—beef, pork, chicken, milk, eggs, maple syrup, grains, flours, dried beans, herbs, fruits, and forty different vegetables—produced by the farm. The work is done by draft horses instead of tractors, and the fertility comes from compost. Kimball’s vivid descriptions of landscape, food, cooking—and marriage—are irresistible."

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