The Dirty Life by Kristin Kimball

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Kristin Kimball, a New York based journalist, begins a whirlwind romance with a fervid farmer, and she quickly discovers that she’s also deeply in love with the agrarian lifestyle. The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food and Love is yet another story of a city girl turned farmer. Most of the memoir is set on a farm in upstate New York, where Kimball and her soon-to-be husband struggle to make their dream—to provide a year-round CSA with only the use of horsepower—a reality. Although the plot is similar to many others, the personal journey woven throughout sets this book apart.

In addition to discussing the challenges of farming, nose-to-tail cooking, and working with horses, Kimball incorporates her story of love, life and new beginnings. Throughout the book, Kimball constantly grapples with her fear of commitment. And readers are left wondering if she’ll stay on the farm or run.

The concept of providing a year-round CSA that extends beyond just vegetables to include meats, cheeses, maple sugar, and even grains is extremely ambitious. Rarely today does a small, organic farm provide so much—and with only the use of horsepower! The implementation and execution of such a comprehensive program will intrigue many. But Kimball doesn’t spend too much time discussing logistics. Instead, as the subtitle mentions, her conversation equally discusses food, farming and love. The combination is perfectly executed for those interested in a romantic read about the satisfactions of an agrarian lifestyle.

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12 2010

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  1. Michelle #

    I just requested this book from the library. Now I can’t wait to read it!

  2. 2

    I am loving this book.

  3. Farmbrarian #

    Thanks Jenna! We’re loving your book too. (I especially love the antique shopping chapter!)

  4. Christine E. #

    Took forever to get this from the library (everyone must be reading this site!)but so, so worth it when it arrived. I cried at the end just for her descriptions of how she finally tied all the parts together and where she feels she’s going. I’ve recommended to a lot of people and I’ve been recommending the website too. Keep up the great work!

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