The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love (Compact Disc)

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Author, Kristin Kimball
was a “big city girl.” She never imagined herself any other way. But
for an article she was writing, she traveled six hours out of New York
City to interview an organic farmer. Little did she know that the
interview would be a turning point in her life...not just a gradual
curve, but an abrupt right angle! Mark was good looking, young,
energetic, an entrepreneur full of new ideas. Shorthanded on the day of
his interview, he soon had her hoeing broccoli and helping to slaughter
a her new white agnes b. blouse. You might think this is just
another “how I changed my life” story, but it is much more than that.
With good humor and never taking herself seriously, Kimball relates her
amazement about small town friendliness, open-hearted goodness and the
discovery that...”good food is at the center of good life.”

— Karen L.

Summer '11 Reading Group List

“Kristin was very much a city girl until a writing assignment brought her to Mark's small plot of land, where he was growing food to feed many families. It was love at first sight, at least for the farming. Falling for Mark didn't take too much time after that. The resulting CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)is a new model in which members can be completely supported by the produce, meat, eggs, and cheese they can pick up weekly, year round. This is a fascinating story of what love of the land and the desire to feed people can do for individuals and communities, and the potential impact that could have on a global scale.”
— Jackie Blem, Tattered Cover Bookstore, Denver, CO


From a "graceful, luminous writer with an eye for detail" (Minneapolis Star Tribune), this riveting memoir explores a year on a sustainable farm.When Kristin Kimball left New York City to interview a dynamic young farmer named Mark, her world changed. On an impulse, she shed her city self and started a new farm with him on five hundred acres near Lake Champlain. The Dirty Life is the captivating chronicle of the couple's first year on Essex Farm, from the cold North Country winter through their harvest-season wedding in the loft of the barn. Kristin and Mark's plan to grow everything needed to feed a community was an ambitious idea, and a bit romantic. It worked. Every Friday evening, all year round, over 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. In The Dirty Life, Kristin discovers the wrenching pleasures of physical work, learns that good food is at the center of a good life, falls deeply in love, and finally finds the engagement and commitment she craved in the form of a man, a small town, and a beautiful piece of land.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781797107769
ISBN-10: 1797107763
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Publication Date: November 19th, 2019
Language: English
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