Epitaph for A Peach

Epitaph for A Peach

Four Seasons on My Family Farm

Book - 1996 | 1st HarperCollins paperback ed.
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An eloquent piece of nature writing by a young author with a farmer's calluses and a poet's soul, this book is about saving a peach, saving a farm, saving a family, saving a way of life--it is a story about finding "home."--From publisher description.
Publisher: [San Francisco, Calif.] : HarperOne, 1996, c1995.
Edition: 1st HarperCollins paperback ed.
ISBN: 9780062510259
0062510258
Branch Call Number: 634.2509 MASUMOT
Characteristics: xii, 233 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.

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GrinBig
Aug 27, 2016

This book takes the reader on a journey through all four seasons on one family's peach and raisin farm. I have an entirely new respect an admiration for the life of a farmer. I never quite understood the extraordinary resources invested in growing a crop that have absolutely no guarantee of return. Rains, frosts, excessive heat, lack of laborers ,,, Even a great harvest that consequently increases more supply than meets actual demand. Thank God for farmers who view their efforts as a vocation and lifestyle, not a lucrative career. I joined the Food Co-op while reading this book, desiring more farm-to-table meals in my community.

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derekwolfgram
Nov 29, 2010

Poetic, measured, inspiring... Masumoto tells the story of his organic peach farm in California's Central Valley over the cycle of a full year. Epitaph for a Peach centers around Masumoto's quest to save an orchard of Sun Crest peaches. A very flavorful peach that is several generations old in genetic terms, the Sun Crest lacks the appearance and the travel-hardiness of newer varieties, and as a result becomes more difficult each year to sell to the marketplace.

Masumoto beautifully describes the ecosystem of an organic farm with a keen eye for observing the wildflowers, insect life, birds, and animals that all contribute to the success (or failure) of the farm and to the peace, contentment and enjoyment of the farmer and his family.

For readers interested in the locavore movement, Masumoto provides a beautiful story of a year in the life of an organic peach and the challenges that drove the shift from small family farms to large corporate operations. His commitment to saving his delicious peaches, even when common sense would suggest he do otherwise, is inspirational.

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