The New Farm

The New Farm

Our Ten Years on the Front Lines of the Good Food Revolution

eBook - 2018
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"After years of working at the ends of the earth in human rights and development, Brent Preston and his wife were die-hard city dwellers. But when their second child arrived, the shine came off urban living. In 2003 they bought a hundred acres and a rundown farmhouse and set out to build a real farm, one that would sustain their family, nourish their community, heal their environment, and turn a profit. The New Farm is Preston's memoir of a decade of grinding toil and perseverance. Farming is a complex and precarious business, and they made plenty of mistakes along the way. But as they learned how to grow food, and to succeed at the business of farming, they also found that a small, sustainable, organic farm could be an engine for change, a path to a more just and sustainable food system. Today, The New Farm supplies top restaurants, supports community food banks, hosts events with leading chefs, and grows extraordinary produce. Told with humor and heart, The New Farm is a joy, a passionate book by an important new voice." --
Publisher: New York :, Abrams Press,, [2018]
ISBN: 9780345811875
Branch Call Number: Online eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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ehbooklover Jul 08, 2017

3.5 stars. An educational and eye-opening book written by a man who left life in the Big City to create and run a small-scale organic farm. I really liked the author's honest and authentic writing style. The injection of wit and humour into what could have been a very dry topic made for a very interesting (and sometimes even fun) read. I learned a lot and would definitely recommend this title to anyone who wants to learn more about organic food and sustainable farming.

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TiborBiro
Jun 08, 2017

Loved it, found it inspirational and didn't find the intern part anything special unlike the previous reviewer. Recommended if you are an aspiring hobby farmer or just want to learn about farming and where food is coming from.

slawr084 May 25, 2017

While Preston's prose is remarkably engaging and captivating in a way that I find rare for nonfiction, I was less than thrilled at the disdainful and patronizing way he spoke about the (primarily women) interns whom he fleetingly admits played a crucial role in the New Farm's success. His comments are condescending, bordering on outright misogyny and assholery.

The farm's noble intent presents a bizarre contrast against Preston's attitude toward his interns. Workers enter into minimum wage work in all industries with little to no experience, yet he somehow feels entitled to skilled, experienced interns willing to work for free for longer than full-time hours. In these pages, he ridicules the relatively inexperienced workers who are actually willing to do that free work. Rather than framing his reliance on intern labour as an error of judgement on his part, he repeatedly blames them for their perceived inadequacies.

In his commentaries on building a sustainable food system, Preston never once thinks to ask why the people willing to work for free on farms like his are overwhelmingly women. This is just one of the systemic injustices that he glosses over in this work.

I was particularly perturbed to see my own experience as a New Farm intern recounted here in a factually inaccurate and wildly exaggerated way. The liberties Preston has taken with this account leave me questioning just how much of this book actually reflects reality and how much is sensationalized to create an interesting narrative.

I loved about 70% of this book, but the rest has left a decidedly bitter taste in my mouth.

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