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Publisher's Summary

From the celebrated author of the beloved best seller The Dirty Life, this “superb memoir chronicles the evolution of a farm, marriage, family, and her own personal identity with humor, insight, and candor” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) detailing life on Essex Farm - a 500-acre farm that produces food for a community of 250 people.

The Dirty Life chronicled Kimball’s move from New York City to 500 acres near Lake Champlain where she started a new farm with her partner, Mark. In Good Husbandry, she reveals what happened over the next five years at Essex Farm.

Farming has many ups and downs, and the middle years were hard for the Kimballs. Mark got injured, the weather turned against them, and the farm faced financial pressures. Meanwhile, they had two small children to care for. How does one traverse the terrain of a maturing marriage and the transition from being a couple to being a family? How will the farm survive? What does a family need in order to be happy?

Kristin chose Mark and farm life after having a good look around the world, with a fair understanding of what her choices meant. She knew she had traded the possibility of a steady paycheck, of wide-open weekends and spontaneous vacations, for a life and work that was challenging but beautiful and fulfilling. So with grit and grace and a good sense of humor, she chose to dig in deeper.

Featuring some of the same local characters and cherished animals first introduced in The Dirty Life (Jet the farm dog, Delia the dairy cow, and those hardworking draft horses), plus a colorful cast of aspiring first-generation farmers who work at Essex Farm to acquire the skills they need to start sustainable farms of their own, Good Husbandry “considers what it means to build a good, happy life, and how we are tested in that endeavor” (Mary Beth Keane, New York Times best-selling author of Ask Again, Yes). 

©2019 Kristin Kimball (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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A tale of hardship that needs a different narrator

Author's choice to narrate is unfortunate; her voice is breathy and her intonation often includes upspeak, making statements sound like questions. The author's husband seems like an incredibly difficult person; at times manic and other times confined to bed, he opposes even minor changes to a house full of inconvenient and even unsafe features, such as holes in the floor and an outdoor staircase to get to the bedrooms. I'm happy their marriage improved through counseling, but the book is just depressing on the subject, and the author's life is in danger because of old/faulty equipment more than once. I question the wisdom of her husband's decisions to produce such a vast range of foods using primarily horsepower and without drainage for many years. His ambition and intransigence seem dangerous. The farm is a gargantuan task that nearly crushes them. I've read many books on farming, and this left an overwhelmingly dour impression.

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She can write but can't read

Loved her first book and this book is really enjoyable as well. For myself, I don't care for the way Kristin reads-it's irritating and takes away from the story. I wish I had ordered the book and read it instead of buying the Audible book. Read the book-don't listen to it. There's a reason that actors usually do the reading, like farming, skills are needed. Kristin can write, but should have had someone else read the book for Audible. I'm listening to her reading the book as I write this review-it's horrible, her reading is flat and....well I give up...I'm buying the book...maybe this was a plot...you end up buying the book twice.

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Enlightening and Grounding

I’d say that Kristin’s books, The Dirty Life and Good Husbandry offer courage and perspective to help take on life’s challenges and adventures. I had the privilege of visiting Essex Farm several years ago and while I was there I picked up their newsletter, where I learned of The Dirty Life. I realized I had stumbled upon something special, nature, people, connection. Kristin’s words and narrative will stay close to my heart and continue to ground me in my own experiences with farming, food, self-growth, relationships, family, and change. I would recommend these books to anyone, and especially to people who are inclined to reflect, challenge themselves, and who strive to connect with the world around them, in whatever way they seek to do so. I found Good Husbandry to genuinely capture creativity, hard work, science, passion, relationships, hope, fear, resourcefulness, patience, perseverance, mindfulness, and individuality.

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Couldn't stop listening!

I loved every bit of it. listened to the whole thing in a day! Made me want to start my own farm, despite the hardships that were reflected upon. It touched the deeper part or my soul.

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An honest story about life, love, and farming

Loved every minute. Well read. This is a beautiful story. The author uses amazing descriptive words that make the reader visualize scenes and keeps the reader captivated.

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Beautiful company

I listened to this book while tending to my own garden and life. I have my own overwhelming situation and it was comforting to listen and feel less alone in the craziness. I highly recommend this book.

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Honest, candid and still uplifting

I enjoyed both your books and I pray your family and farm continue to thrive.

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brilliant

Great story, very well written, insightful accounts of the challenges of farming life, personal and family growth, living an inspired life, staying true to oneself.
Packed with details portraying the raw experience of operating a family farm. The narrative style is enjoyable.

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Beautiful writing but not very good narration

The author is very talented at the lovely words and analogies she chooses for description. Helped me to "see" in my mind.Thoughtful and insightful. But a little on the too serious side for me -- i felt the great weight, stress, and fatigue of farming but not so much the joys. Part of that was probably due to narration style. She has a lovely voice but almost whispered much of the narration which gave it an overly dramatic and sad sense. She also has upspeak (i think it is called when the end of most sentences have a higher tone as in questions). That was very tiring to my mind which does not have upspeak as part of its native tongue. Would have been much better for me to have read it rather than listened. A narrator with a more positive lilt to their voice would have been much better.

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A must listen but start with The Dirty Life

I remember The Dirty Life as a good introduction to a family farm. There are many tribals, tribulations but also so joyful and awe inspiring moments. Kristin Kimball can surely tell a great story. I am equally impressed by this follow up book. You would be well served to listen to both books.