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A Farm Dies Once a Year

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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.

About the Author

Arlo Crawford grew up on New Morning Farm, his family's organic vegetable farm in rural Pennsylvania. He has written for The New York Times Magazine and Gastronomica and has worked in book publishing, at art museums, and as a vegetable seller. He lives in San Francisco with his wife.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805098167
Author:
Crawford, Arlo
Publisher:
Henry Holt & Company
Author:
wford, Arlo
Author:
R. A. C.
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Agriculture & Food
Publication Date:
20140431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 map
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb

Related Subjects

Biography » General
Health and Self-Help » Self-Help » Memoirs
History and Social Science » Sociology » Agriculture and Food
History and Social Science » World History » General

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