Download PDF by Forrest Pritchard: Gaining Ground: A Story of Farmers' Markets, Local Food, and

By Forrest Pritchard

ISBN-10: 0762787252

ISBN-13: 9780762787258

One fateful day in 1996, after researching that 5 freight automobiles' worthy of glittering corn have reaped a tiny revenue of $18.16, younger Forrest Pritchard vows to avoid wasting his family's farm. What ensues--through hilarious encounters with all demeanour of cattle and colourful neighborhood characters--is a crash path in sustainable agriculture. Pritchard's greatest best friend is his renegade father, who in the beginning questions his son's profession selection and rejects natural meals for sugary mainstream fare. yet simply whilst the farm begins to show heads at neighborhood farmers' markets, his father's healthiness takes a flip for the more severe. With poetry and humor, this inspiring memoir tugs at the heartstrings and feeds the soul lengthy after the final web page is turned.

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If I could only cultivate some small success, a minor triumph or two, I felt, he might be persuaded the farm could still work. My mother had her own doubts about my decision but was vastly more encouraging. It had been, after all, her side of the family through which the farm had passed hands. On my father’s side, steady, predictable jobs had been the norm: shopkeeper, chemist, government contractor. In contrast, on my mother’s side, it had been six straight generations of farmers. If I were somehow able to follow in their footsteps, I would be the seventh farmer in the family to work the land, dating from just after the American Revolution.

If I could somehow make the farm profitable once again, it would give me a legitimate reason to remain on the land I had grown to love. The Shenandoah Valley, where my ancestors settled, is famous for its natural beauty. Stretching from Roanoke to Harpers Ferry, the valley is roughly forty miles across, bounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains on the east and the West Virginia border to the west. The land is softly sculpted with wooded hillsides, and the Shenandoah River winds serenely through the lush valley bottom.

Who would have been able to tell, even if it had? Shrink-wrapped, cartoned, frozen and freeze-dried, it had been trundled and bundled, bagged and tagged into anonymity. The aisles and shelves were filled not so much with food as they were with packaging, brightly colored brand names, cartoon mascots, designer labels perched next to generic knockoffs. It was a store devoted to creating an identity for food that had been stripped of its identity. Where, exactly, did rainbow-colored, sugar-frosted, air-puffed, marshmallow-infused cereal come from?

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