Sunday, April 27, 2014

Gaining Ground by Forrest Pritchard

Last time I was at the library, I popped upstairs to the main counter. Typically I am downstairs to pick up books from the hold section or with the boys in the children's section. At the main counter, I inquired about donating my One Woman Farm book. (Yes it was fantastic and I may want to read it again, but this way, everyone can read it as my library doesn't currently have a copy.) Upon leaving the counter, I saw that they were displaying a number of farming books. The cover of Gaining Ground caught my eye so I grabbed it without even reading the back. When I got home, of course the baby was interested in nursing so I grabbed this paperback out of the stack (it was on the top after all) and plopped us down on the couch.

I had no expectations of this book. None. I was very happy to discover that I loved the author's voice. The writing style and tone sucked me in and I had trouble putting it down. It took me a couple of days ; for some reason the kids wanted to eat and I needed sleep otherwise I would have finished this in one sitting. It was that good.
The book is a story of how this farmer:
1. decides to become a farmer
2. his total lack of farming experience
3. learns to be a farmer through experience, reading and a conference
4. learns to use what he has
5. become a fantastic organic farmer
6. promote other local farmers

I learned so much from this book. While the book isn't a how to book, it provides a lot of information on how he does things on his organic farm. The book isn't dry though, including some comical situations - almost being killed by a pig - that leave you smiling. This is a must read for anyone who is interested in raising organic meat or for anyone who likes farming memoirs.

If you have read it, what do you think?

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