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A Bushel's Worth: An Ecobiography

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In this love story of land and family, Kayann Short explores her farm roots from her grandparents’ North Dakota homesteads to her own Stonebridge Farm, an organic, community-supported farm on the Colorado Front Range where small-scale, local agriculture borrows lessons of the past to cultivate sustainable communities for the future.

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Paperback, 160 pages
Published August 13th 2013 by Torrey House Press (first published July 19th 2013)
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Sara Neustadtl
Sep 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Here is the interesting review and interview with Kayann Short published by the Redstone Review of Lyons, Colorado, in August, 2013.

A Bushel’s Worth: an Ecobiography
By Kayann Short
Torrey House Press, Torrey, Utah; $14.95, 215 pp.
By Sara Neustadtl

Kayann Short is well known in Lyons as co-owner of Stonebridge Farm, which grows generous portions of organic, fresh and delicious vegetables with its Community Supported Agriculture members each year throughout the growing season from May until Novembe
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R J Mckay
Oct 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received this book as part of the Goodreads First Read program.

“A Bushel’s Worth” is an engaging story about the coming together of a group of people to share in the growing and harvesting of a small community farm. From preparing the soil for planting to harvesting the fruits of their labors, the people who share in Stonebridge farming mission, unite to foster the ideals of small family farms and the growing of organic produce.

The story lessons learned from this story should remind people of
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Sheala Henke
Mar 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
From everything I know of this author she has lived and breathed this story- a story that sifts through the soil of time and a lifestyle nearly forgotten reminding us of the value of roots and the rich flavor of histories we value.
Rachel
May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I found this book refreshing. It maintains an optimistic tone while encouraging us to hold ourselves responsible for the way we live on the land and get our food, wherever possible (including in the city!). It was great to learn about Community Supported Agriculture, including why it's important, how Short's CSA runs, and a few brief suggestions on how to integrate them into communities everywhere. I also learned quite a bit about gardening, inspiring me to get out and do a little gardening with ...more
Barbara Richardson
Sep 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Kayann Short tells the volunteers picking (and eating) radishes on her ten-acre CSA farm, "Fresh is a flavor. This is what fresh tastes like." "A Bushel's Worth," her ecobiography of life at Stonebridge Farm, seems particularly poignant now, as floods and mud have destroyed the town of Lyons just a few miles east. But a 1,000-year Colorado flood can't erase community. And Stonebridge is all about community—community seeding, weeding, harvesting and celebrating. I have no doubt the author's CSA m ...more
Wendy Hines
Aug 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Reading A Bushel's Worth by Kayann Short brought back so many memories of my own childhood, that I was hard put to put the book down at all. Growing up, on summer vacations, Kayann and her family would go 'home' for the summer to the family farms, visiting aunts, cousins and grandparents. They really learned to respect the land and the work that is put into a farm.

Overtime, they learned more about life on that farm and it helped mold them into the adults they are today. They were taught about h
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Waven
Jan 13, 2014 rated it liked it
I really hoped the author would share more about her childhood stays in the Dakotas and her extended families' experiences on the farms there. While they got some enticing mentions, the passages were short and often mentioned the same things. Perhaps she is saving them for another book, since here they were allowed a lovely but incomplete introduction. Most of this writing focused on the contemporary cooperative farm run by the author, her husband, and others in their community. It's origin and ...more
Kate
Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The author lives near me and we participate in the CSA at her farm (meaning each week in the summer, we go there to pick up the veggies they grow.) This is a beautifully written, quite readable book with so many wonderful stories from her childhood farm life and now to her own organic farm and there is also the focus of sustainability, ecology etc.
Deidre
Sep 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
"My grandmother's & great - grand mothers were never called farmers. Even though they raised livestock & vast gardens to feed their families, even though they worked in the fields, made decisions about crops and kept track of farm finances, they were "the farmer's wife".
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Kayann Short, Ph.D., is a writer, farmer, teacher, and activist at Stonebridge Farm, an organic community-supported farm in the Rocky Mountain foothills. Although Short left North Dakota for Colorado when she was four, she returned each summer to the fresh air and homegrown vegetables of her grandparents' farms. From these farm roots, she gained a love for wholesome, natural food: as a teenager in ...more