Harvest by Nicola Smith
A Year in the Life of an Organic Farm

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The world of farming--one that is disappearing quickly--informs every aspect of our modern culture, from the food we eat to how we use and preserve the land we live on. Most of us have never set foot on a working farm, however. Now, through insightful prose by journalist Nicola Smith and photographs by Geoff Hansen, readers can enter the life of a couple who believe in the importance of the land and its harvest.

It was a dream of Jennifer Megyesi's to run a farm, and when she and husband Kyle Jones founded Fat Rooster Farm, it became a dream come true. By tapping into the public's desire for organic and artisanal food--and with lucky breaks such as selling their milk-fed pigs to celebrated chefs such as Mario Batali--they are finding some success.

The farm embodies both the newer and more traditional faces of farming. Megyesi and Jones are in their early 40s, college educated with advanced degrees, well traveled, influenced by the environmental and social movements of the 1960s and 70s, and savvy in their use of marketing and Internet skills. But in the scale and management of their operation, they revert to an older, more pastoral ideal: sheep out at pasture, chickens that roam free, cows trailed by their calves, hand-gathered honey and maple syrup, their four-year-old son helping with the chores. They're big enough to grow and sell their own meats, eggs, and vegetables at a modest profit, and small enough to have strong ties to the community. It's a life worth living--and learning about.
 

About Nicola Smith

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NICOLA SMITH, a freelance writer, holds an MFA from Columbia University. GEOFF HANSEN is a photographer and editor at New Hampshire's Valley News and author of My Life As a Dog: The Many Moods of Lucy. His work has appeared in Newsweek, USA Today, The New York Times, and The Boston Globe. They live in Tunbridge, Vermont, with their daughter. You can learn more about the book at www.harvest-book.com.
 
Published November 1, 2004 by Lyons Press. 288 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Arts & Photography, Travel, Parenting & Relationships, Science & Math, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Seeking isolation and solitude as a haven from ""civilization"", Smith bought farm near New York, in the late '30's, but seen found it necessary to make it a paying preposition.

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Freelance writer Smith and her husband, photographer Hansen (My Life as a Dog ), dispel the "dreamy, nostalgic haze" surrounding urbanites' notions of smallholder agriculture with this detailed look at life on a working farm.

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Open Book Society

It’s what has to be done, but when he gets orders to take the soul of Kate, a 17 year old who has just murdered her father, mother and brother, Sam realizes that something is very wrong and he has to protect Kate at any cost.

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In the midst of a whirlwind of action, Sam is also trying to figure out why anyone would want him to collect a soul that doesn’t warrant damnation, a thorny problem causing Sam — and the reader — to consider the questions of free will and eternity.

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