Gaining Ground - Forrest Pritchard (Paperback)

A Story of Farmers' Markets, Local Food, and Saving the Family Farm

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Barcode
9780762787258
Department
Books
Released
21 May 2013
Supply Source
USA

Book

Authors
Forrest Pritchard
Joel Salatin
Joel Salatin (Foreward By)
Subtitle
A Story of Farmers' Markets, Local Food, and Saving the Family Farm
Binding
Paperback
Publisher
Globe Pequot Pr
Language
English
Number of Pages
320
Dimensions
210 x 133 x 25mm (431g)

Annotation

Chronicles the author's efforts to rescue his family's seventh-generation farm from insolvency by turning it into a sustainable, grass-fed, organic operation while also dealing with his father's declining health.

Summary

  • One fateful day in 1996, upon discovering that five freight cars’ worth of glittering corn have reaped a tiny profit of $18.16, young Forrest Pritchard undertakes to save his family’s farm. What ensues—through hilarious encounters with all manner of livestock and colorful local characters—is a crash course in sustainable agriculture. Pritchard’s biggest ally is his renegade father, who initially questions his career choice and eschews organic foods for sugary mainstream fare; but just when the farm starts to turn heads at local markets, his father’s health takes a turn for the worse.With poetry and humor, this timely memoir tugs on the heartstrings and feeds the soul long after the last page is turned.

Non-Fiction

General Subject
Nature/Ecology
BISAC Subject 1
Nature / General
BISAC Subject 2
Gardening / Vegetables
BISAC Subject 3
Biography & Autobiography / Environmentalists & Naturalists
BISAC Subject 4
Nature / General
BIC Classification 1
Gardening: growing fruit & vegetables
BIC Classification 2
Biography: science, technology & medicine
BIC Classification 3
The environment
BIC Classification 4
Natural history
Library Subject 1
Farmers; Virginia; Biography.
Library Subject 2
Farmers' markets.
Library Subject 3
Local foods.
Dewey Classification
630.92

Inside Flap

One fateful day in 1996, upon discovering that five freight cars&; worth of glittering corn have reaped a tiny profit of $18.16, young Forrest Pritchard undertakes to save his family&;s farm. What ensues&;through hilarious encounters with all manner of livestock and colorful local characters&;is a crash course in sustainable agriculture. Pritchard&;s biggest ally is his renegade father, who initially questions his son&;s career choice and eschews organic foods for sugary mainstream fare. But just when the farm starts to turn heads at local markets, his father&;s health takes a turn for the worse. With poetry and humor, this timely memoir tugs on the heartstrings and feeds the soul long after the last page is turned.

Author Bio

Forrest Pritchard is a professional farmer with degrees in English and Geology from William & Mary. His poems have been published in national literary magazines, and Smith Meadows has been featured on NPR and in the Washington Post. Pritchard is a frequent speaker at conferences and universities. He lives on Smith Meadows in Berryville, VA, with his family, and each weekend his farm serves dedicated customers at local farmers' markets.