A Farm Dies Once a Year

A Farm Dies Once a Year

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A Book of the Month for GQ, The New Yorker, and Flavorwire qBeautifully told...In this one season of life, Crawford's writing about the work, people, nature and his family legacy reveals much about a simple life, and reminds us all to appreciate life's riches.q--Seattle Post Intelligencer qA must-read...q--Washington Independent Review of Books An intimate, gorgeously observed memoir about family and farming that forms a powerful lesson in the hard-earned risks that make life worth living The summer he was thirty-one, Arlo Crawford returned home for the summer harvest at New Morning Farm--seventy-five acres tucked in a hollow in south-central Pennsylvania where his parents had been growing organic vegetables for almost forty years. Like many summers before, Arlo returned to the family farm's familiar rhythms--rise, eat, bend, pick, sort, sweat, sleep. But this time he was also there to change his direction, like his father years ago. In the 1970s, well before the explosion of the farm-to-table and slow food movement, Arlo's father, Jim, left behind law school and Vietnam, and decided to give farming a try. Arlo's return also prompts a reexamination of a past tragedy: the murder of a neighboring farmer twenty years before. A chronicle of one full season on a farm, with all its small triumphs and inevitable setbacks, A Farm Dies Once a Year is a meditation on work--the true nature of it, and on taking pride in it--and a son's reckoning with a father's legacy. Above all, it is a striking portrait of how one man builds, sows, and harvests his way into a new understanding of the risks necessary to a life well-lived.his white Nissan pickup truck that I still remembered: a€œRobin Hood Was Right. ... published in the New York Times on May 6, 1990, noted that in 1968 hea#39;d helped organize demonstrations for welfare rights ... He had a bushy mustache and wire- framed glasses, and he was sitting on the seat of a Model M a farm dies once aanbsp;...

Title:A Farm Dies Once a Year
Author:Arlo Crawford
Publisher:Henry Holt and Company - 2014-04-01


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