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The Wisdom of the Radish: And Other Lessons Learned on a Small Farm

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Who knew that the hot career choice for recent college grads would be farming? Lynda Hopkins, a farmer's girlfriend, took her master's degree in environmental science communication and planted kale, radishes, and tomatoes on a small farm in Northern California to earn a living (sort of). What at first sounds pastoral and idyllic soon becomes a series of challenges as the realities of what it takes to run a farm come to light. From making the classic neophyte agronomist error of getting emotionally involved with her chickens to ruminating on the value of radishes, Hopkins's retelling of life on a farm in the modern age is engaging, even gripping. Through it all, Hopkins cultivates a sense of belonging, and with a lot of hard work and a little luck, she becomes quite a bit more than just a farmer's girlfriend.

Review:

"Earthy but urbane, and addictively readable."
Booklist

"The new food economy we so desperately need is being built on the strong backs of young people like Lynda Hopkins. This book is funny, real, and deeply deeply hopeful!"
- Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth

"We owe two debts of gratitude to Lynda Hopkins. The first for being crazy enough, and in love enough, to embrace the life of small farming. The second, for writing The Wisdom of the Radish, the engaging, insightful and informative story of how she did it, what it takes both physically and spiritually to be a farmer, and what it means to grow food and sell food today."
- Michael Ruhlman, author of 'Ratio' and 'The Making of a Chef'

"No matter your place in the food chain, you will glean hope, know-how and inspiration from this compelling diary of a hard-working, trail-blazing farmer."
- Brian Halweil, author of Eat Here: Reclaiming Homegrown Pleasures in a Global Supermarket

"Lynda Hopkins offers us a dirt-under-the-fingernails, beginner's mind exploration into a couple's first year of market farming. It's not just an account of the peaks and valleys of small-scale organic production, it is a road map for learning how to grow roots in an uprooted culture. And it helps to answer an essential question that benefits us all: how to grow food that nourishes the soil and the soul and honors the place and the people who bring it to the table. Long may the Greenhorns flourish and multiply."
- Daniel Imhoff, author of 'Food Fight: The Citizen's Guide to a Food and Farm Bill' and 'Farming with the Wild'

"[Hopkins] raises a solid point for debate and offers insight on many more in Radish: our current food valuation system, social accessibility, 'organic' pesticide use, to name a few."
- Civil Eats

Synopsis:

Early in The Wisdom of the Radish, Lynda Hopkins admits that she's not a farmer. Shes not even a farmer's wife. She's an aspiring farmer's girlfriend. With this tentative start, she and her boyfriend become the country's newest sodbusters. Their goal is to earn a living wage selling the fruits of their labor at the local farmers' market in Healdsburg, California.

What at first sounds pastoral and idyllic quickly devolves into disaster: crop failures, worm-riddled corn, flood, and an episode involving a fox that's right out of Aesop's Fables. But with perseverance, Mother Nature's strong inclination for plants to grow, and sage counsel from Internet message boards, a working farm rises from humble soil.

Hopkins is a winning storyteller, and her account of seedlings, harvests, chickens, and goats is gripping. She ruminates on the value of radishes, considering their economic and sentimental profit and loss. She makes the classic greenhorn error of becoming emotionally involved with her chickens, and comes to the shocking realization that her roosters are serial rapists!

Ultimately, the farm becomes home and not just an endless set of chores. Sometimes it just takes a little heart to become more than an aspiring farmer's girlfriend.

About the Author

Lynda Hopkins runs Foggy River Farm with her husband in Healdsburg, CA. She recently graduated from Stanford University with a master's degree in environmental science communication and bachelor's degrees in both Earth systems and creative writing.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781570616426
Author:
Hopkins, Lynda
Publisher:
Sasquatch Books
Author:
Browning, Lynda
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Biography - General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20110331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
BandW photos throughout
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

Related Subjects


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"Review" by , "Earthy but urbane, and addictively readable."
Booklist

"The new food economy we so desperately need is being built on the strong backs of young people like Lynda Hopkins. This book is funny, real, and deeply deeply hopeful!"
- Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth

"We owe two debts of gratitude to Lynda Hopkins. The first for being crazy enough, and in love enough, to embrace the life of small farming. The second, for writing The Wisdom of the Radish, the engaging, insightful and informative story of how she did it, what it takes both physically and spiritually to be a farmer, and what it means to grow food and sell food today."
- Michael Ruhlman, author of 'Ratio' and 'The Making of a Chef'

"No matter your place in the food chain, you will glean hope, know-how and inspiration from this compelling diary of a hard-working, trail-blazing farmer."
- Brian Halweil, author of Eat Here: Reclaiming Homegrown Pleasures in a Global Supermarket

"Lynda Hopkins offers us a dirt-under-the-fingernails, beginner's mind exploration into a couple's first year of market farming. It's not just an account of the peaks and valleys of small-scale organic production, it is a road map for learning how to grow roots in an uprooted culture. And it helps to answer an essential question that benefits us all: how to grow food that nourishes the soil and the soul and honors the place and the people who bring it to the table. Long may the Greenhorns flourish and multiply."
- Daniel Imhoff, author of 'Food Fight: The Citizen's Guide to a Food and Farm Bill' and 'Farming with the Wild'

"[Hopkins] raises a solid point for debate and offers insight on many more in Radish: our current food valuation system, social accessibility, 'organic' pesticide use, to name a few."
- Civil Eats

"Synopsis" by ,
Early in The Wisdom of the Radish, Lynda Hopkins admits that she's not a farmer. Shes not even a farmer's wife. She's an aspiring farmer's girlfriend. With this tentative start, she and her boyfriend become the country's newest sodbusters. Their goal is to earn a living wage selling the fruits of their labor at the local farmers' market in Healdsburg, California.

What at first sounds pastoral and idyllic quickly devolves into disaster: crop failures, worm-riddled corn, flood, and an episode involving a fox that's right out of Aesop's Fables. But with perseverance, Mother Nature's strong inclination for plants to grow, and sage counsel from Internet message boards, a working farm rises from humble soil.

Hopkins is a winning storyteller, and her account of seedlings, harvests, chickens, and goats is gripping. She ruminates on the value of radishes, considering their economic and sentimental profit and loss. She makes the classic greenhorn error of becoming emotionally involved with her chickens, and comes to the shocking realization that her roosters are serial rapists!

Ultimately, the farm becomes home and not just an endless set of chores. Sometimes it just takes a little heart to become more than an aspiring farmer's girlfriend.

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