Hit by a Farm by Catherine Friend
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Barn

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Farms have fences. People have boundaries. Mine began crumbling the day I knelt behind a male sheep, reached between his legs, and squeezed his testicles. This took place one blustery November day when I joined other shepherd-wannabees for a class on the basics of raising sheep. I was there with my partner Melissa, the woman I’d lived with for twelve years, because we were going to start a farm .

When self-confessed “urban bookworm” Catherine Friend’s partner of twelve years decides she wants to fulfill her lifelong dream of owning a farm, Catherine agrees. What ensues is a crash course in both living off and with the land that ultimately allows Catherine to help fulfill Melissa’s dreams while not losing sight of her own.

Hit by a Farm is a hilarious recounting of Catherine and Melissa’s trials of “getting back to the land.” It is also a coming-of (middle)-age story of a woman trying to cross the divide between who she is and who she wants to be, and the story of a couple who say “goodbye city life” — and learn more than they ever bargained for about love, land, and yes, sheep sex.

About Catherine Friend

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Catherine Friend lives on a farm with her partner in Minnesota. A children’s book author, Friend is also at work on an adult novel.
Published March 25, 2009 by Da Capo Press. 254 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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The answer to how that happens — and how Friend starts to write again — can be found, not surprisingly, on the farm.

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In Catherine Friend’s memoir, she and life partner Melissa Peteler decide to live out the latter’s longtime dream and become farmers in Minnesota.

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