Friday, March 16, 2012

Growing a Farmer

Growing A Farmer is an amazing account of a guy figuring it out, figuring how to live off the land, make a survivable income, raise and care for livestock, make as much of his own food as possible and it is amazing. He tells his story in a frank, truthful and earnest way that is inspiring, moving and educational. If you have ever thought about growing vegetables, having fruit trees, owning land, raising goats, sheep, cows, chickens, pigs or bees, making vinegar, cider or cheese you need to pick up a copy of this book. If you ever wondered how to control the reproduction of animals that weigh a couple hundred pounds, wondered why there is so much veal on the market (tip: it is a dairy production bi-product), thought about cherishing onions, hosting community dinners or selling vegetables at a farmers market this is the book to read. It is especially enjoyable to read this book if you live in the Seattle area because Kurt Timmermeister lives on Vashon Island and not only shares our climate but is very in touch with local regulations, how to get supplies and how the ferries run. I learned more than I ever thought I would from this book and I hope everyone will read it so I can stop babbling at people about it and have some real conversations with other readers.

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