Wednesday, August 27, 2014

WWRW: August 27th

The Dirty Life by Kristin Kimball is a very interesting book about a young couples first year starting farm largely from scratch.  Kimball was a journalist living in New York City when she went on assignment to meet a young farmer in Pennsylvania; the book follows the story of their courtship and how he convinced her to leave her city life and farm with him in Upstate NY.

The book is a fascinating look at a model of farming that favors horses over tractors and aims to take CSA to the next level by providing a complete diet from dairy and vegetables to meat and grain.  I would definitely miss coffee and chocolate and I don't think my kids are interested in giving up bananas or orange juice but this book offers even more evidence towards how eating locally and with an understanding of what is in season offers many benefits both financially and environmentally.   As an aside she shares an interesting debate she and her husband would have about buying local versus organic.

Overall a fun, interesting read.

B is for Bear is back in regular reading in our house as both a letter recognition book for Liam and first word book for Caitlin.  Six years later I still so enjoy the great mix of different textures for little fingers to explore and the gentle humor shown throughout.

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