Sunday, May 8, 2011

Discussions for The Dirty Life (Question #7 and 8)

We are discussing The Dirty Life by Kristin Kimball. Join us!

Question #7
Have your views on sustainable farming changed after reading about the trials and triumphs of Essex Farm?
Have your views on farm-fresh food versus supermarket food changed?

Question #8
Kirstin repeatedly finds that her prior assumptions about farming and farmers are false.
Do you think her stereotypes were the same as those of most Americans or just people who live in urban areas?

Further discussions:


Kerani said...

RE: Question 8 - it's not only the typical concept of most Americans, it's the typical concept of all of humanity since the invention of cities. People who are Someone don't live on farms. Farms are where people come from before they become Somebody. (I'd also point out that most Americans do live in urban areas.)

The Pocket Farmer said...

Re: Question 7-this book is helping to reinforce the idea that sustainable farming is HERE. Look in the mirror, that farmer could be YOU. Walk out your backdoor and plant a garden where you now grow grass. Call your town to see if you are able to raise chickens. If they don't allow it, start a petition to change the ordinance. Realizing that you don't need hundreds of acres to raise food for your family to eat, is very liberating! By taking a small page from this book, we can all learn to lead more sustainable lives.

Anonymous said...

In regard to the second part of question 7, I have been changing my own attitude about farm fresh food since I read "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" by Barbara Kingsolver a few years ago. Reading "The Dirty Life" has reinforced my own commitment to growing as much as I can myself to supplement what we buy through our CSA.

The thrill of our partial potato harvest this week, along with heading to the raised beds for our evening salad greens continues reinforcing the idea that farm fresh is better. We are also working toward a completely organic model.

ooglebloops said...

Going to order this book now - I am starting the Kingsolver book, and want to get Joel's book also.
My blog chronicles my transition from urban suburban mom and country girl wannabe to small hay farmer and "horse mom" in R'ham County. Love reading about people who do the same and more!

L0rdsServant said...

Since reading about Essex Farm, my views on sustainable farming have only gotten more energized and more passionate. It's given me a boost of confidence and encouragement that I needed as we plod forth in our own sustainable efforts. As for supermarket food, the book has only reinforced what we've been seeing for sometime... people are being herded, like cattle in a feedlot, through these markets and they have little realization left that they're not intended to live this way.

I'm still a bit shocked when someone slings negative adjectives around for farmers. Growing up in a rural life, it's hard for me to comprehend that people would find farmers anything less than amazing. I still feel my stomach flip when I think back to my youth and four months spent in Minneapolis/St. Paul... in that time, I had more questions about our life that left me flabbergasted than I knew what to do with. A particular low was when an 18-year old first asked me what cows were like and why there were so many brown cows when not everyone liked chocolate milk. Uh-huh. She was told brown cows give chocolate milk. Seriously. In the end, it comes down to under-education on the behalf of most EXCEPT the farmer.

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