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Gaining Ground: A Story of Farmers' Markets, Local Food, and Saving the Family Farm | [Forrest Pritchard]

Gaining Ground: A Story of Farmers' Markets, Local Food, and Saving the Family Farm

One fateful day in 1996, after discovering that five freight cars' worth of glittering corn have reaped a tiny profit of $18.16, young Forrest Pritchard vows to save his family's farm. What ensues-through hilarious encounters with all manner of livestock and colorful local characters-is a crash course in sustainable agriculture. Pritchard's biggest ally is his renegade father, who initially questions his son's career choice and rejects organic foods for sugary mainstream fare.
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Publisher's Summary

One fateful day in 1996, after discovering that five freight cars' worth of glittering corn have reaped a tiny profit of $18.16, young Forrest Pritchard vows to save his family's farm. What ensues - through hilarious encounters with all manner of livestock and colorful local characters - is a crash course in sustainable agriculture. Pritchard's biggest ally is his renegade father, who initially questions his son's career choice and rejects organic foods for sugary mainstream fare. But just when the farm starts to turn heads at local farmers' markets, his father's health takes a turn for the worse. With poetry and humor, this inspiring memoir tugs on your heartstrings and feeds your soul long after you've finished.

©2013 Forrest Pritchard (P)2013 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"By the end of his wonderful book, Pritchard lies in a field pondering his own slim margin of success from slowing things down in our fast paced world; a well-deserved moment of happiness for this important new spokesperson of the future of agriculture and poet of the earth." (Publishers Weekly Starred Review

"Roger Wayne's warm, lively reading of Forrest Pritchard's memoir of saving his family's farm in the Shenandoah Valley is a hopeful and conversational experience.... integrity is heard in Wayne's performance." (AudioFile)

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    Sweetbay United States 01-12-14
    Sweetbay United States 01-12-14
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    "Loved it! I wanted it to go on further"
    What made the experience of listening to Gaining Ground the most enjoyable?

    I listened to this book as I tended my own chickens. I could have never been so candid about my farming foibles, but I'm glad Forrest was.


    What other book might you compare Gaining Ground to and why?

    I had just finished Joel Salatin's book - This Aint Normal - and loved it. I thought at first this would be a litte like that. Some farming techniques may be similar, but Forrest's story is really funny, articulate, and humble - one to which other back to the farm types might be able to relate more readily.


    What about Roger Wayne’s performance did you like?

    Perfect. Sounded like a budding farmer might sound.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    How to survive your first job, ask for a promotion, or get the corner office when your boss is Mother Nature


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Andy Westport, CT, United States 11-12-14
    Andy Westport, CT, United States 11-12-14 Member Since 2010
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    "best tasting audiobook i've listened to"

    This book was super. It was a clear, concise, nicely paced account of how Forrest Pritchard struggled and ultimately succeeded at "fixing things." To understand what I mean by fixing things, you'll have to listen to the book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Susan STOCKPORT, OH, United States 01-21-14
    Susan STOCKPORT, OH, United States 01-21-14
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    "An inspiring glimpse at the plight of the farmer."
    What did you love best about Gaining Ground?

    Having a new understanding and desire to support our local farmers.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gaining Ground?

    I don't want to ruin any of the beautiful moments in this book, but there were many memorable moments.


    What does Roger Wayne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His performance was wonderful. He made the characters in the book come alive in my mind.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Hope for the small American farmer.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    steve champion fresno, CA United States 01-12-14
    steve champion fresno, CA United States 01-12-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Really good story!!"

    I really liked this book, I enjoyed the way Forrest kept persevering when things looked worst... The family could have taken the easy out and sold some of the property, but wanted to keep the family farm together.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bob Hembree North Carolina 01-05-14
    Bob Hembree North Carolina 01-05-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Surprisingly good."
    What did you love best about Gaining Ground?

    It's well written--reads like a good novel. I like Pritchard's sense of humor and how well he characterizes people.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gaining Ground?

    There story was full of memorable moments. The goat riding shotgun in the pickup was one of the funniest.


    What about Roger Wayne’s performance did you like?

    Wayne's performance was close to flawless. He gives everyone a unique voice, but doesn't go overboard.


    Any additional comments?

    Some books surprise expectations. This is one of them. This isn't a how-to-book, it's a heart warming story about a lifestyle many of us fantasize about, but probably wouldn't last day.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Branimir T Toyaganov 03-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "excellent"

    I am happy to have discovered this book. the reality of day to day farming was very well explained. the importance of local farmers markets is now much clearer.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Food Cyclist 02-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Accurate look into the mind of a farmer."

    I farm 52 acres in Connecticut and while listening to this book it was scary at times how close to my own story it was. I typically do not outwardly react to books but with Gaining Ground I both laughed out loud and cried more than once. This confession coming from a guy who slaughters his own animals.

    This book is great and highly recommended. My only hope is that we see more like it. There are a lot of farmers out there sharing a similar story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rion Redinger 01-30-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Listen! Get it, You won't regret it!"

    Forrest brings to light the struggles and conquests of the new farmer. The narrator was very good and helped add some character to the story. I will be listening to this one multiple times, there is tons of good information that just needs to be gleaned from within. I will also be purchasing the paper version of this very valuable book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Curt 01-22-15
    Curt 01-22-15
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    "Excellent story on American farming"

    This book turned out to be better than I expected. It was inspirational to my own life. Very good narration too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Brown 01-14-15
    Kathy Brown 01-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Captivating from the beginning!"

    Such a great listen! This book could easily have been dry, but I found myself laughing out loud at times and crying at others.
    I found it to be inspiring as well--we should all think about farms and food this way.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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