A Farm Dies Once A Year

A Farm Dies Once A Year

A Memoir

Book - 2014
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Baker & Taylor
"An intimate, gorgeously observed memoir about family and farming that forms a powerful lesson in the hard-earned risks that make life worth living. The summer he was thirty-one, Arlo Crawford returned home for the summer harvest at New Morning Farm--seventy-five acres tucked in a hollow in south-central Pennsylvania where his parents had been growing organic vegetables for almost forty years. Like many summers before, Arlo returned to the family farm's familiar rhythms--rise, eat, bend, pick, sort, sweat, sleep. But this time he was also there to change his direction, like his father years ago. In the 1970s, well before the explosion of the farm-to-table and slow food movement, Arlo's father, Jim, left behind law school and Vietnam, and decided to give farming a try. Arlo's return also prompts a re-examination of a past tragedy: the murder of a neighboring farmer twenty years before. A chronicle of one full season on a farm, with all its small triumphs and inevitable setbacks, A Farm Dies Once a Year isa mediation on work--the true nature of it, and on taking pride in it--and a son's reckoning with a father's legacy. Above all, it is a striking portrait of how one man builds, sows, and harvests his way into a new understanding of the risks necessary toa life well-lived"--

McMillan Palgrave

A Book of the Month for GQ, The New Yorker, and Flavorwire

"Beautifully told…In this one season of life, Crawford's writing about the work, people, nature and his family legacy reveals much about a simple life, and reminds us all to appreciate life's riches."—Seattle Post Intelligencer

"A must-read…"—Washington Independent Review of Books

An intimate, gorgeously observed memoir about family and farming that forms a powerful lesson in the hard-earned risks that make life worth living

The summer he was thirty-one, Arlo Crawford returned home for the summer harvest at New Morning Farm—seventy-five acres tucked in a hollow in south-central Pennsylvania where his parents had been growing organic vegetables for almost forty years.

Like many summers before, Arlo returned to the family farm's familiar rhythms—rise, eat, bend, pick, sort, sweat, sleep. But this time he was also there to change his direction, like his father years ago. In the 1970s, well before the explosion of the farm-to-table and slow food movement, Arlo's father, Jim, left behind law school and Vietnam, and decided to give farming a try. Arlo's return also prompts a reexamination of a past tragedy: the murder of a neighboring farmer twenty years before. A chronicle of one full season on a farm, with all its small triumphs and inevitable setbacks, A Farm Dies Once a Year is a meditation on work—the true nature of it, and on taking pride in it—and a son's reckoning with a father's legacy. Above all, it is a striking portrait of how one man builds, sows, and harvests his way into a new understanding of the risks necessary to a life well-lived.



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The author meditates on the rural Pennsylvania farm of his childhood, relaying his Vietnam veteran father's decision to pursue farming, the shadow of a neighbor's murder, and his reflections on the cyclical nature of farming.
A Gastronomica writer meditates on the rural Pennsylvania organic farm of his childhood, relaying his Vietnam veteran father's decision to pursue farming, the shadow of a neighbor's murder and his reflections on the cyclical nature of farming. 40,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780805098167
080509816X
Branch Call Number: 630.92 C856f
Characteristics: 258 pages ; 22 cm

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AL_KATI Aug 22, 2017

A nice memoir about returning to your roots, especially if you're also interested in farming. I liked reading about all the crops and all the hard work that goes into it.

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posie12
Apr 24, 2017

A young man with little direction , like many young people. I think he likes the idea of organic farming , but isn't so sure about the worry and hard work. The idea of his parents working for years to achieve their dream is really the whole story.

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