Regular price: $19.95

Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free.
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price.
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love.
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel.
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month.
  • Get access to the Member Daily Deal
OR
In Cart

Publisher's Summary

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.

Critic Reviews

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

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    115
  • 4 Stars
    86
  • 3 Stars
    27
  • 2 Stars
    4
  • 1 Stars
    1

Performance

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    115
  • 4 Stars
    72
  • 3 Stars
    26
  • 2 Stars
    4
  • 1 Stars
    1

Story

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    115
  • 4 Stars
    64
  • 3 Stars
    31
  • 2 Stars
    8
  • 1 Stars
    0
Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • 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.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Arrogant and ignorant all at the same time

I did not enjoy listening to the story. The fact that the author continued to base his actions on his assumptions after learning time and again that his instincts were poor was simply too frustrating.

He didn't seem to care about the wasted resources of his folly and the sometimes he appeared extremely uncaring toward the creatures which relied on him.

Most people simply can't afford to screw up so much. And intelligent people ask questions when they don't know something. They don't behave like impulsive teenagers doing what they want to do because they can especially when they are responsible for the lives of animals.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

A perfect blend of farming and food!

Both interesting and informative, the author dives into the process he went through to create a beautiful self, sustaining farm within reach of downtown Seattle. Different chapters on vegetables, sheep, livestock, chickens, both the raising and preparing of them. If you love food and enjoy the process of where good food comes from, this book is a winner!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

excellent

the story is great, the ideology is inspiring. thank you for writing this book kurt.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Down the Earth an enjoyable!!!

Anyone that is thinking about making the leap into homesteading or farming should absorb this book! It is one mans (very real feeling) adventure into becoming a farmer. The ins and outs of learning a new way of life are all highlighted inside this book! Great listen and the narrator does a wonderful job of conveying the emotion of the pages! I would recommend this book to anyone thinking about Slowing down and spending more time on life rather then money.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

great book for those interested in farming

no it is not extremely well-written, the story is great. for anyone who is aspiring to start a small farm, this is a great introductory book from a novice farmer who became an expert. very good, practical advice.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Growing a Farmer

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

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • 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.