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A Bushel's Worth: An Ecobiography By Kayann Short,

  • Title: A Bushel's Worth: An Ecobiography
  • Author: Kayann Short
  • ISBN: 9781937226190
  • Page: 366
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this love story of land and family, Kayann Short explores her farm roots from her grandparents North Dakota homesteads to her own Stonebridge Farm, an organic, community supported farm on the Colorado Front Range where small scale, local agriculture borrows lessons of the past to cultivate sustainable communities for the future A Bushel s Worth is my favorite kind ofIn this love story of land and family, Kayann Short explores her farm roots from her grandparents North Dakota homesteads to her own Stonebridge Farm, an organic, community supported farm on the Colorado Front Range where small scale, local agriculture borrows lessons of the past to cultivate sustainable communities for the future A Bushel s Worth is my favorite kind of nonfiction Not only is it about many topics close to my heart gardening, food, family it is a beautifully told story, and a love story at that, centered around the love of a couple, their love for the land, and a community s love for a way of life This book forever changed my perspective and awareness as I walk out in my own garden Katrina Kittle, author, The Blessings of the Animals A heartfelt meditation on farm, food, and family A Bushel s Worth tells a love story of the land and a life spent caring for it Hannah Nordhaus, author, The Beekeeper s Lament How One Man and Half a Billion Honeybees Help Feed America Kayann Short shares a passionate and often lyrical account of how she and her husband John took their first brave steps toward revitalizing a small Colorado farm and with it their lives and the community they drew around them This is a book about how agriculture continues to create culture when it is practiced with generosity, creativity and attention It is an inspiring story, a gift for all of us, both on and off the farm, who are trying to learn how to slow down our frenzied lives so that we may give ourselves to what really matters Gregory Spaid, author, Grace Photographs of Rural America With a companionable mix of literary and earthy sensibilities, Kayann Short writes with graceful, ferocious attentiveness and finds reassurance for herself and her modern family in the old wisdom of the fields John Calderazzo, author, Rising Fire Volcanoes Our Inner Lives A beautifully written and sensually rich ecobiography of farm lifeA Bushel s Worth is a loving natural history of a farm, a marriage, and a way of life that has changed interestingly and dramatically over just a few generations Jane Shellenberger, author, Organic Gardener s Companion Growing Vegetables in the West The book is a substantial meal much about growing community as it is about growing food, and it leaves the reader with a generous bushel of instruction and inspiration on both counts Susan Becker, Director, Boulder Public Library Oral History Program A Bushel s Worth An Ecobiography eloquently depicts humans and nature coexisting and mutually benefiting not only in theory, but in actualitywhere people treat each other respectfully as they gently work on and with the land Shelly Eberly, National Outings Leader, Sierra Club
    A Bushel s Worth An Ecobiography In this love story of land and family Kayann Short explores her farm roots from her grandparents North Dakota homesteads to her own Stonebridge Farm an organic community supported farm on the Color

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    1. Here is the interesting review and interview with Kayann Short published by the Redstone Review of Lyons, Colorado, in August, 2013.A Bushel s Worth an EcobiographyBy Kayann ShortTorrey House Press, Torrey, Utah 14.95, 215 pp.By Sara Neustadtl Kayann Short is well known in Lyons as co owner of Stonebridge Farm, which grows generous portions of organic, fresh and delicious vegetables with its Community Supported Agriculture members each year throughout the growing season from May until November.T [...]

    2. I received this book as part of the First Read program A Bushel s Worth is an engaging story about the coming together of a group of people to share in the growing and harvesting of a small community farm From preparing the soil for planting to harvesting the fruits of their labors, the people who share in Stonebridge farming mission, unite to foster the ideals of small family farms and the growing of organic produce The story lessons learned from this story should remind people of the importanc [...]

    3. From everything I know of this author she has lived and breathed this story a story that sifts through the soil of time and a lifestyle nearly forgotten reminding us of the value of roots and the rich flavor of histories we value.

    4. Kayann Short tells the volunteers picking and eating radishes on her ten acre CSA farm, Fresh is a flavor This is what fresh tastes like A Bushel s Worth, her ecobiography of life at Stonebridge Farm, seems particularly poignant now, as floods and mud have destroyed the town of Lyons just a few miles east But a 1,000 year Colorado flood can t erase community And Stonebridge is all about community community seeding, weeding, harvesting and celebrating I have no doubt the author s CSA members will [...]

    5. Reading A Bushel s Worth by Kayann Short brought back so many memories of my own childhood, that I was hard put to put the book down at all Growing up, on summer vacations, Kayann and her family would go home for the summer to the family farms, visiting aunts, cousins and grandparents They really learned to respect the land and the work that is put into a farm.Overtime, they learned about life on that farm and it helped mold them into the adults they are today They were taught about hard work b [...]

    6. I really hoped the author would share about her childhood stays in the Dakotas and her extended families experiences on the farms there While they got some enticing mentions, the passages were short and often mentioned the same things Perhaps she is saving them for another book, since here they were allowed a lovely but incomplete introduction Most of this writing focused on the contemporary cooperative farm run by the author, her husband, and others in their community It s origin and developme [...]

    7. The author lives near me and we participate in the CSA at her farm meaning each week in the summer, we go there to pick up the veggies they grow This is a beautifully written, quite readable book with so many wonderful stories from her childhood farm life and now to her own organic farm and there is also the focus of sustainability, ecology etc.

    8. My grandmother s great grand mothers were never called farmers Even though they raised livestock vast gardens to feed their families, even though they worked in the fields, made decisions about crops and kept track of farm finances, they were the farmer s wife.

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