Tuesday, August 20, 2013

A Bushel's Worth: An Ecobiography by Kayann Short

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.

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 more about life on that farm and it helped mold them into the adults they are today.  They were taught about hard work but also the pages are filled with love and family, as well as some fun.  There are scattered pictures of times past that I quite enjoyed, and although some of the farming wasn't all pleasant, as most chores aren't, life is what you make it, and this family made the most of it.  

Easy to read, Kayann doesn't go into minute detail about the farms, but you do get the gist of everyday happenings and the education they received from normal everyday activities is a solid foundation for the rest of their lives.  I really enjoyed this book and I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys memoirs or books about our environment or farming.  

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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