Turn Here Sweet Corn by Atina Diffley
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A master class in organic farming, a lesson in entrepreneurship, a love story, and a legal thriller

In telling her story of working the land, Atina Diffley reminds us that we live in relationships—with the earth, plants and animals, families and communities. A memoir of making these essential relationships work in the face of challenges from weather to corporate politics, this is a firsthand history of getting in at the “ground level” of organic farming.


About Atina Diffley

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Atina Diffley is an organic farmer, author, public speaker and consultant. From 1973 to 2008, Atina and her husband Martin owned and operated Gardens of Eagan, one of the first certified organic produce farms in the Midwest. The award-winning video documentary Turn Here Sweet Corn, filmed when the 5th generation Diffley family farm was lost to development, focuses on the loss of greenbelt farmlands to suburbia. In 2006, when the Diffley's second farm was threatened with eminent domain by a Koch Industries crude oil pipeline, Atina worked with consumers and government to create the Minnesota Organic Mitigation Plan. Atina can be reached at www.atinadiffley.com
Published April 16, 2012 by Univ Of Minnesota Press. 344 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Humor & Entertainment, Science & Math, Nature & Wildlife. Non-fiction

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"When people ask what I most cherish about farming, what comes is the depth of intimacy—with plants and nature, with coworkers in the field and at the stand, with produce buyers and customers," writes Diffley, an organic vegetable farmer who founded, with her husband, the consulting business Orga...

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In addition to being a charming memoir of love and living off the land, Diffley's debut is a timely tale of modern farming, the growing organic movement, and the problems that arise when urban development runs up against fertile fields.

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She delves into what it’s like to be driven by a passion for sustainability and soothed by a connection to the land, while also describing the challenges that organic farmers face in today’s economic climate.

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The Christian Century

The final story begins with a notice received from the MinnCan Project, operated by Koch Pipeline Com­pany (yes, it’s owned by the politically influential Koch brothers), announcing that the company has filed applications to install a crude-oil pipeline through the Diffleys’ fields.

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Little Village

In Turn Here Sweet Corn, Atina Diffley recounts a life of farming, of building and developing relationships with food and the soil, with wildlife and insect life, with urban living and with the idea of progress itself.

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