The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food, and Love

The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food, and Love Author Kristin Kimball
ISBN-10 1416551611
ISBN-13 9781416551614
Year 2011-04-12
Pages 287
Language English
Publisher Scribner
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From a graceful luminous writer with an eye for detail this riveting memoir explores a year on a sustainable farmand the real world epitome of Michael Pollans food philosophy This book is the story of the two love affairs that interrupted the trajectory of my life one with farmingthat dirty concupiscent artand the other with a complicated and exasperating farmer 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 for home When she interviewed a dynamic young farmer her world changed Kristin knew nothing about growing vegetables let alone raising pigs and cattle and driving horses But on an impulse smitten if not yet in love she shed her city self and moved to five hundred acres near Lake Champlain to start a new farm with him The Dirty Life is the captivating chronicle of their first year on Essex Farm from the cold North Country winter through the following harvest seasoncomplete with their wedding in the loft of the barn Kimball and her husband had a plan to grow everything needed to feed a community It was an ambitious idea a bit romantic and it worked Every Friday evening all year round 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 vegetablesproduced by the farm The work is done by draft horses instead of tractors and the fertility comes from compost Kimballs vivid descriptions of landscape food cookingand marriageare irresistible As much as you transform the land by farming she writes farming transforms you In her old life Kimball would stay out until four a m wear heels and carry a handbag Now she wakes up at four wears Carhartts and carries a pocket knife At Essex Farm she 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

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