The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love

The Dirty Life

By Kristin Kimball

The Dirty Life has been described as a “tender,” “beguiling,” and “candid chronicle” of the author’s love affair with the man who becomes her husband and the farm they work together to restore. Kristin Kimball describes how she abandoned her career and rent-controlled apartment in New York City for the Essex Farm. With wisdom and humor Kristin describes their plan to grow everything needed to feed a community—beef, pork, chicken, milk, eggs, grains, fruits, and forty different vegetables—with all the work done by draft horses instead of tractors. The author’s vivid descriptions of the farm, food, and dirt make for a fun and irresistible read.

About the Author

Kristin was born in 1971, and grew up in central New York. She graduated from Harvard in 1994, then moved to New York City, where she worked at a literary agency, taught creative writing, and freelanced for magazines and travel guides. Kristin has written for O Magazine, Vogue, Gourmet Lives, and Food and Wine. In 2002, she interviewed a wingnut farmer named Mark, and took more than a professional interest in both him and his vocation. Together they founded Essex Farm in New York in 2004­—the world’s first full-diet CSA, and they’ve been professionally dirty ever since. Kristin and Mark have two daughters.

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