Growing A Farmer

Growing A Farmer

How I Learned to Live Off the Land

Book - 2011 | 1st ed.
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A former Seattle urbanite and restaurateur describes the realities of establishing a profitable farm on Vashon Island, his growing awareness of the relationship between food and its sources, and the specifics of making cheese, raising cows, and slaughtering pigs.
Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Co., c2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780393070859
Branch Call Number: 630.92 TIMMERM
Characteristics: 335 p. ; 22 cm.


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BPLNextBestAdults Jan 05, 2012

If you think that getting back to nature and living off the land is a utopian fantasy, reading Kurt Timmermeister’s book will quickly disabuse you of the notion. After buying a piece of land on Vachon Island (close to Seattle), Timmermeister spent the next several years tearing down buildings, learning to grow vegetables, refurbishing his house and acquainting himself with modern farming methods – all while running his own restaurant back in Seattle. Through trial and error, Timmermeister learns how to make a living while living close to nature. Written at a leisurely pace, this book is a detailed account of purchasing equipment, learning about animals, and learning to love his new life. It is a must read for those interested in organic farming and changing their pace of life.

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Zewy Jul 07, 2011

Read *Growing a Farmer*, about a restaurateur who moves from Seattle to an island where he owns a 12 acre farm. Like the other books on small farms that I've read, he touches on the main "themes" of living off the land. I feel excited that I'm becoming familiar with some of the terms and the issues a farm faces.

He took a slightly more "business-like" approach than the others, who were mostly growing to eat. Rather this author is attempting to run a profitable farm - not an easy task.

I was reading this book during my lunches at work and after the third chapter in a row on slaughtering/butchering the animals, related in very graphic detail, I realized it might be seen as odd that a lifelong vegetarian would choose this for lunchtime reading. It was interesting, even if I am more convinced than ever that I could never eat meat.


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