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
"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)
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.
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.
Perfect. Sounded like a budding farmer might sound.
How to survive your first job, ask for a promotion, or get the corner office when your boss is Mother Nature
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.
Having a new understanding and desire to support our local farmers.
I don't want to ruin any of the beautiful moments in this book, but there were many memorable moments.
His performance was wonderful. He made the characters in the book come alive in my mind.
Hope for the small American farmer.
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.
It's well written--reads like a good novel. I like Pritchard's sense of humor and how well he characterizes people.
There story was full of memorable moments. The goat riding shotgun in the pickup was one of the funniest.
Wayne's performance was close to flawless. He gives everyone a unique voice, but doesn't go overboard.
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.
It was down to earth. The writer and narrator were both engaging and spoke in terms that anyone could understand. The stories were funny, and told in a way that the listener would remember them. They were also very informative, so I accidentally learned much more than I thought I would while listening to the story.
I liked the story about Pedro the goat. Had me laughing.
The book made me think more about what I am already moving towards... eating healthier, eating local
Great book, the narrator was perfect for this read!
Pritchard's book is a great narrative of saving his family farm. Current farming practices are not green, while Pritchard paints an idyllic scene with an organic brush. Not so much a how to, but a worldview shift, Pritchard shows that it is possible to profit on pasture, regaining the old ways.
Pritchard's relationship with his father, it's almost an allegory for modern farming vs pasture based slow food.
My wife cried when a particular farm animal died.
Absolutely! Wayne's choice as narrator was perfect. It really felt like we were listening to the author all the time. His characterizations were spot-on, i especially liked his rendition of "Travis".
Joel Salatin's "Folks, this ain't Normal". This book is more about the romantic, even spiritual aspect of farming, but still holds a ton of great educational material for those considering this lifestyle.
His very intimate, even confessional story of his father's passing was honest and brave.
I've listened to this book twice now, and I plan to hear it again.
Say something about yourself!
This is a extremely well written story of Forrest Pritchard following his dream in being a farmer on his family land in spite of all the failed farms around him. His own dad was against his career choice. Against all odds, perseverance, and dedicated he turned his dream into a success. The book is extremely funny, inspiring and informative on what it is like being a farmer and also a entrepreneur. I cannot remember the last time a enjoyed a book as much as I did this one. I absolutely LOVE IT!
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