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When he purchased four acres of land on Vashon Island, Kurt Timmermeister was only looking for an affordable home near the restaurants he ran in Seattle. But as he slowly settled into his new property, he became awakened to the connection between what he ate and where it came from: a hive of bees provided honey, a young cow could give fresh milk, an apple orchard allowed him to make vinegar. With refreshing honesty, Timmermeister details the initial stumbles and subsequent realities he faced as he established a profitable farm for himself. Personal yet practical, Growing a Farmer will entirely recast the way we think about our relationship to the food we consume.

©2011 Kurt Timmermeister (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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"Charming . . . . [Kurt Timmermeister] narrates his personal journey with an open, straightforward spirit." (Wall Street Journal)

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  • john
  • memphis, TN, United States
  • 04-12-15

So you want to be a farmer?

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. The author's journey from an urban restaurant owner to an accomplished small farmer over a number of years is a story worth reading (or hearing).

What other book might you compare Growing a Farmer to and why?

Most books about small farming are not memoirs, but "how to" books, so it is hard to compare. Carla Emery's Encyclopedia of Country Living, which is part memoir, might come close.

Which scene was your favorite?

There were not really "scenes", but the author's descriptions of the habits of the various animals he has raised are interesting.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. For one thing, it is too long for that. For another, too much information at one time is hard to absorb. I did listen to it consistently and was never bored.

Any additional comments?

Yes. About 20 years ago I was able to acquire my present residence and 6 acres from a "don't wanter." I didn't really know what to do with it, but began to plant vegetables (primarily tomatoes). Today, I plant a variety of vegetables including many heirloom tomato varieties. This book really struck a chord with me as the author related his progress through various experiences growing vegetables and fruits and raising farm animals, actually making a living from his endeavors. Although I have occasionally thought about raising animals, I have concluded that it would require too much time and dedication. His description of raising the animals to provide eggs and dairy products, through actual slaughter for meat, were detailed and fascinating. They also reinforced my conclusion that I'm not really cut out for that level of commitment. I did appreciate his concept of the "50 year plan," making gradual improvements year by year, and like to think I do that myself.

I also gave 5 stars for the narrator, who sounded as if he might have been the actual author.

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Not a book for vegetarians

The narrator was fantastic. It was a book that kept you interested and was easy to listen to. If you are listening to this book for information on profitable vegitable farming though, you are listening to the wrong book. I wish the author was more clear in the beginning about what kind of farming he was going to talk about. The book is kind of an amusment ride, you know it is about farming, but you have no idea where the ride is going to take you. You just hope it is going to talk about some farming points you might be interested in.

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Growing a Farmer

loved this book.
Entertaining and easy to listen to. Really honest about challenges and triumphs of farm life.

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  • M
  • 09-04-16

A little escape whilst driving

thoroughly enjoy this book, enjoyed listening to the way his life transformed and how he grew into the farmer he admired. some great insights for me planning my escape from City Life.

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I'm a future farmer and I really enjoyed this book.

I selected this title because I thought that it would help to outline what a prospective farmer might need to know. This book met my expectations. He told the good and the bad, his story didn't have answers to every problem. This was what I needed to hear. I like this book and recommend it.

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Developing the famer within

A great listen, a story of things that are hard, of things that worked and those that didn't, fun times and reflections of an endeavor that few will undertake and less will make good on.

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A good book

I enjoyed the whole book each chapter talking about each segment of the land and the animals. If you like to homestead or farm this is a good beginner book. Lots of inspiration and motivation.

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A wonderful read for anyone considering farming.

A wonderful read for anyone considering farming, or even for someone intrigued by the progression from city life to farming. As someone about to take the plunge into farming, it was a really informative book. Great to hear Kurt's journey before I embark upon my own.

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Honest and educational

I really enjoyed this book. I dream of being a farmer and got my dream basket filled with info here. There are certainly things I would do different. However I appreciate the authors honesty and his journey. I feel like I was educated and entertained. Really glad I finally gave this one a listen.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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The author ran out of stories...

This book could have been a short story. He bought a property then he bought some cows... done... ..
There was about an hour talking about cheese.... No, no not how to make it... just about the different types of cheese....
Buy Growing Ground.. Much, much, much better...

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