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    DescriptionWith humor and pathos, Forrest Pritchard recounts his ambitious and often hilarious endeavors to save his family s seventh-generation farm in the Shenandoah Valley. Through many a trial and error, he not only saves Smith Meadows from insolvency but turns"


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    Title
    Gaining Ground
    Subtitle
    A Story of Farmers' Markets, Local Food, and Saving the Family Farm
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Forrest Pritchard, By (author) Joel Salatin
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 336
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 201 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 431 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780762787258
    ISBN 10: 0762787252
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BISAC V2.8: TEC003000
    BIC E4L: SCP
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.1
    BIC subject category V2: WN
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    B&T General Subject: 560
    BIC subject category V2: RN, WMPF
    Ingram Theme: CULT/SATLAN, CULT/SOEAST, GEOG/VIRGIN
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27610
    BIC subject category V2: BGT
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: GAR025000
    DC21: 630.92
    DC22: 630.92
    BISAC V2.8: BIO030000
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC region code: 4.0.1.3.8.0.0
    BISAC V2.8: NAT000000
    LC subject heading: , , , ,
    LC classification: S417.P75 A3 2013
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: WN, WMP, RN, DNBT
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    Globe Pequot Press
    Imprint name
    Globe Pequot Press
    Publication date
    21 May 2013
    Publication City/Country
    CT
    Author Information
    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.
    Review quote
    "I've dedicated my business life to supporting organic farmers but honestly, I didn't have the full story until now. This isn't a hippie manifesto about going back to the land to raise some chickens. Gaining Ground is the beautiful and nourishing story of an accomplished self-taught farmer making it work. It's about passion and dedication. It's about ecology, economy, family. And the truth of organic farming is so much more challenging and fantastic than I could have imagined. You can visit the farm and see for yourself, but start by reading this book. I have great and deep respect for Pritchard's stewardship, and a new love of the American farm." Nell Newman, founder of Newman's Own Organics "Witty farm memoirs are sprouting like spring wheat, but real food must be tasty as well as good for you; this true story is both." Nina Planck, author of Real Food, What to Eat and Why"Compelling and beautifully written, Gaining Ground makes us laugh, cry, and, above all, restores our faith that dreams can and do change our world. Wannabe farmers, long-time farmers, and anyone who desires a sustainable food system will all love and learn from this story." Tanya Denckla Cobb, author of Reclaiming Our Food and The Gardener's A-Z Guide to Growing Organic Food "I have been buying food from Forrest for years, but until now I never understood how delicious the story behind the products was. Just as all cooks know a dish is more than the sum of ingredients used, so too is farming more than sun, soil, and rain it is a human story of endurance, wit, and creativity. Reading this book will give every bite you take a little more savor, a little more flavor knowing the love that it took to create it." Barton Seaver, chef, National Geographic fellow, and author of For Cod and Country"You will be on the edge of your seat as you read about how Forrest Pritchard saved his seventh-generation family farm. . . . [A] highly recommended page-turner for anyone interested in farming and food." Sally
    Back cover copy
    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."
    Flap copy
    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."