The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love
Single, thirtysomething, working as a writer in New York City, Kristin Kimball was living life as an adventure. But she was beginning to feel a sense of longing for a family and f ...more
I do NOT miss getting up at 5:30AM to do the morning chores, including cow-milking, cream-separating, and feeding cows, pigs, horses, chickens, turkeys, dog, cats, cats, (26 Barn-, and 2 House- = we had the most nervous mice in the district!).
Riding a schoolbus, from Grade 1 thru 12, was easy to _do_ (cmon, sitting _is_ easy), and boring with some excitement during blizzards, or during spring melts-times.
Growing up on a mixed farm was excellent basic training for my 30 odd years working in the Oilpatch, as a Field Clerk, Crew Manager (hated _that_), Surveyor, Cat Push, Drill Push, Advance Man, and Permit Man. The different skills, plus the get-it-done attitude, melded well with the needs of the job(s) of a employee of a Geophysical Exploration Company.
I do miss the house cats close attentions, during cold winter nights = one or two furry hot pads are warming, altho the purring & claws do wake a fellow up...(less)
I'll return in a minute as to why I thi ...more
Kristin Kimball lived, breathed and played in NYC until the fateful day she visited an organic farm with the intent of writing a magazine article. Dressed like a city girl she got drafted to help out until the farm's owner could spare time to talk to her. That was the be ...more
Somehow in a very deep way this effort from Kristin Kimball touched me, connected the dots in me and for me in ways I heret ...more
There are a lot of characters that a ...more
Question number one- I'm an agricultural journalist. WHY HASN'T THIS HAPPENED TO ME????
(Perhaps it is because I interview farmers all the time, but generally they aren't young, single or hot. Admittedly, some of the older farmers who like me often make a point of mentioning their single sons ...more
Question: Why is farming like a relationship?
Answer: Because you do not reap what you sow. That's a lie. You reap what you sow, hill, cultivate, fertilize, harvest, and store.
― Kristin Kimball, The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love
I can count on my fingers the number of memoirs I've read. And the ones I did were either just plain not interesting or the writer came across as self-absorbed and narcissistic to the point of being off-putting. So, I started this book with a great deal of reser ...more
This is not the kind of book I usually read, but someone gave it to me. I was surprised that it kept my interest. Only a couple times did I skim a paragraph or two.
College educated city girl Kristin leaves that life to be with Mark a farmer. The two of them work every day to exhaustion. Emergencies and work never end. Kristin initially went with Mark because she desired family and children and maybe felt like something was missing ...more
Kimball gives us an amazingly good look at her move from New York writer to Old Wave farmer. We also learn a little about local sourcing and Ms. Kimball's interior life as she makes the transition. Having grown up on something resembling a farm I und ...more
There was a lot of farming jargon that I did not understand. I was reading it on my Nook, so I did a half-hearted attempt t ...more
Let's just say that any man who makes your parents use a composting toilet and won't let them turn on the lights is a self-centered ...more
The book is the author's account of how she left her glamorous freelance writer's life to marry a diehard, back to the earth man , who has a dream of starting a CSA farm that will provide all the food needs for shareholders, as much as a per ...more
What I would love to have seen much more of in the book wa ...more
An impetuous young female writer, financially and emotionally destitute, longing for love, home and motherhood would have accepted almost anything making her life different. She did, surrendering to a willful man and his work.
In a depiction of her man as the wizened one, she ever the apprentice, The Dirty Life is Kristin Kimball’s account of her introduction to horse powered commu ...more
Kristin Kimball is not just a farmer who has written a good book; she's a great writer who has a worthy subject.
This is soooo not The Pioneer Woman. It's more like Little House on the Prairie, for adults. Yes, it's that good.
Kimball impulsively left her life in NYC to start a farm with the latest love of her life. The book is about being farmers - real farmers, with horses and horse-drawn tools, and a couple of cows that they milk by hand, and pigs and chickens and literally tons of vegetables. They work relentlessly throughout the growing and harvesting seasons, and the worklo ...more
Lots of lovely quotes in this one, but here’s a favorite:
Question: why is farming like a relationship?
Answer: because you do not reap what you sow. That’s a lie. You reap what you sow, hill, cultivate, fertilizer, harvest, and store.
I can’t help thinking that she’s onto something there…