Book Review - Growing a Farmer

I really enjoyed this book.  It's packed full of information in addition to being quite inspiring.  Kurt, the author, owned and operated a restaurant in his early 20's.  He went in search of a home to purchase and ended up purchasing a run-down old farm with acreage.  Unsure of where his life would lead, he took it day by day and experience by experience.

Eventually he sold his restaurant in hopes of making a living on his farm.  He had an idyllic vision of farm life - cows in the field grazing, sheep frolicking, a garden growing.  The money and effort that goes into creating the vision wasn't something he was thinking of (I don't think it is for most of us).  Through many trial and errors, he has settled on a farmhouse feast he serves every Sunday as well as making cheese.  I think it's such a wonderful story.  He doesn't sugar coat anything.  He tends to "tell it like it is".  Not only does he describe the different paths he chose, but he tells what worked and what didn't and why. 

Kurt's farm is now used to help him live a self-reliant life - 13 acres, an orchard, a garden, dairy cows, sheep, pigs, chickens and ducks.  He learned to slaughter, butcher, grow vegetables, administer medication, amend soil, and live from what he can raise himself.


rox said...

lol at first I thought you wrote he farmed in the 20's not that he was in his 20's !
it does sound like a good read Thank You

mountain mama said...

sounds like a good read indeed, thanks for the review!!

that apple yummy below looks amazing!!!!!

Meredith said...

Sounds like just the kind of book that I would love. Library, here I come!

Rural Revival said...

I'm reading this now! And even though, it's overdue at the library, I don't care; I'm keeping it until it's finished!