A Master Class in Organic Farming, a Lesson in Entrepreneurship, a Love Story, and a Legal Thriller.
When the hail starts to fall, Atina Diffley doesn't compare it to golf balls. She's a farmer. It's "as big as a B-size potato." As her bombarded land turns white, she and her husband Martin huddle under a blanket and reminisce: the one-hundred-mile-per-hour winds; the eleven-inch rainfall ("that broccoli turned out gorgeous"); the hail disaster of 1977.
The romance of farming washed away a long time ago. But the love? Never. In telling her story of working the land, coaxing good food from the fertile soil, Atina Diffley reminds us of an ultimate truth: 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 as natural as weather and as unnatural as corporate politics, her book is a firsthand history of getting in at the "ground level," of organic farming. One of the first certified organic produce farms in the Midwest, the Diffleys' Gardens of Eagan helped to usher in a new kind of green revolution in the heart of America's farmland, supplying their roadside stand and a growing number of local food co-ops. This is a story of a world transformed - and reclaimed - one square acre at a time.
As Atina Diffley tells her David-versus-Goliath tale, she gives readers everything from expert instruction in organic farming to an entrepreneur's manual on how to grow a business, to a legal thriller about battling corporate arrogance, to a love story about a single mother falling for a good, big-hearted man.
©2012 Atina Diffley (P)2013 Atina Diffley
Few, if any, could enjoy listening to this narrator, not to mention the writing is just - strange.
Paid for a narrator and an editor.
Her writing and her voice
This book is very, very hard to follow. The narration is SO bad, but the writing only contributes to the confusion - it basically turns into a comedy you never wanted.
I wanted a experience like Joel Salatin or other writers like him. Just want ready for this story. No thanks.
The author, Atina Diffley narrates this book herself, and it is obvious that this is not her full or even part time gig.The narration was slow, stiff, lacked any natural flow or appropriate emphasis, and really grated on my nerves. I felt like I was having a third grader read me the story. I have listened to many audiobooks and, while I don't always like the narrators voice, I have never had to stop listening to a book.... until now. I made it about 45 minutes into this one and couldn't take it anymore.
As I didn't make it very far in the book, I cannot comment on the story. Given the description, my interest in the subject matter, and the generally positive reviews on amazon, I may attempt to read a hard copy of this myself.
I suggest listening to a preview before purchasing. I didn't and won't be making that mistake again.
"She gives readers everything from expert instruction in organic farming to an entrepreneur's manual on how to grow a business," is what it says in the description. I'm five chapters in and all the author's done so far is talk about her life, history, women's rights, and her failing marriage. All of this might be fine if that's what you are looking for, but this is just a personal diary about this woman's life without much practical education.
I was led to believe this book would help me better understand what organic farming is all about. It's not. It's an intimate look into this woman's life.
Just deliver what is described in the summary!
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