Midsummer reads for the farmer inside all of us :)
So many good titles, but here are a handful of books that you should check out next time you need some of that #farmlife inspiration
Wild Like Flowers by Daniel Firth Griffith
My current read :)
A book about regenerative agriculture gone wild! A wonderful book of short stories and essay about sunrises, wildflowers, and pastures walks. Griffith reflects on the magical gifts of being, connection, reciprocity, and community within the natural world. A poetic awareness and celebration!
Probably my FAVORITE book ;)
“Camas Davis was at an unhappy crossroads. A longtime magazine editor, she had left New York City to pursue a simpler life in her home state of Oregon, with the man she wanted to marry, and taken an appealing job at a Portland magazine. But neither job nor man delivered on her dreams, and in the span of a year, Camas was unemployed, on her own, with nothing to fall back on. Disillusioned by the decade she had spent as a lifestyle journalist, advising other people how to live their best lives, she had little idea how best to live her own life. She did know one thing: She no longer wanted to write about the genuine article, she wanted to be it.
A funny, heartfelt, searching memoir of her unexpected journey from knowing magazine editor to humble butcher. It's a story that takes her from an eye-opening stint in rural France where deep artisanal craft and whole-animal gastronomy thrive despite the rise of mass-scale agribusiness, back to a Portland in the throes of a food revolution, where Camas attempts--sometimes successfully, sometimes not--to translate much of this old-world craft and way of life into a new world setting. Along the way, Camas learns what it really means to pursue the real thing and dedicate your life to it.”
The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan (and there is a young reader‘s version!)
Explores the ecology of eating to unveil why we consume what we consume in the 21st century. Because the cornucopia of the modern American supermarket and fast-food outlet has thrown us back on a bewildering landscape where we once again have to worry about which of those tasty-looking morsels might kill us…!
“Gabe Brown didn’t set out to change the world when he first started working alongside his father-in-law on the family farm in North Dakota. But as a series of weather-related crop disasters put Brown and his wife, Shelly, in desperate financial straits, they started making bold changes to their farm. Brown―in an effort to simply survive―began experimenting with new practices he’d learned about from reading and talking with innovative researchers and ranchers. As he and his family struggled to keep the farm viable, they found themselves on an amazing journey into a new type of farming: regenerative agriculture.”