Gaining Ground

Gaining Ground

A Story of Farmers' Markets, Local Food, and Saving the Family Farm

eBook - 2013
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One fateful day in 1996, upon discovering that five freight cars' worth of glittering corn have reaped a tiny profit of $18.16, young Forrest Pritchard undertakes to save his family's farm. What ensues--through hilarious encounters with all manner of livestock and colorful local characters--is a crash course in sustainable agriculture. Pritchard's biggest ally is his renegade father, who initially questions his son's career choice and eschews organic foods for sugary mainstream fare. But just when the farm starts to turn heads at local markets, his father's health takes a turn for the worse. With poetry and humor, this timely memoir tugs on the heartstrings and feeds the soul long after the last page is turned.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Lyons Press, [2013]
ISBN: 9780762794379
Branch Call Number: 921 Pritc
Description: 1 online resource (336 pages)
Additional Contributors: Freading (Firm)


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Apr 10, 2015

Excellent book that gives us all hope. Also some new ideas! Very well written with the details you need to think about for your own projects without loosing the romance.

m2 Jul 09, 2014

Forrest Pritchard had created a nicely written, heartfelt introduction to the beginnings of his life in sustainable livestock farming and DC farmer's market selling. His story is very good news in the continuing story of the horrors of factory farming. As a vegan, I can wish he'd gone into vegetable farming, but it is still wonderful to know that organic and sustainable practices are GAINING GROUND.

Apr 29, 2014

i just finished this wonderful, wonderful book called Gaining Ground by Forrest Pritchard. It is beautifully written with humour, pensiveness and plenty of insight. It was heartwarming to read a success story about grass-fed farming, especially since i get such constant doses of negativity on Facebook about the horrors of Monsanto and agri-business.

Sep 24, 2013

This is a great story about the author, Forrest Pritchard's efforts to revive his family farm by selling firewood, baling straw, selling chickens cubicle to cubicle, and finally delving into grass fed beef. Pritchard's voice and passion for his farm comes through the pages. He talks about waking each morning to a job he actually loves and still being able to pay the bills on time. It is a story of building family, saving tradition, and gaining ground.


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