The Dirty Life – Farm, Food & Family: Ten Years on Essex Farm
Where: Main Library, 111 Library St. NE
When: Wednesday, August 7, 2013, 7:00 pm
Life on the farm – clucking hens, placid cows, waving wheat, corn ripening in the field – a peaceful, idyllic life, right? The Dirty Life by Kristin Kimball is an eye-opening look at the exhausting, dangerous and, yes, dirty, work farm life entails. Kristin left a career as a New York City journalist after falling in love with her future husband Mark and “the dirty life” of farming. Her book describes the start-up year of Essex Farm, a 500 acre CSA (community supported agriculture) farm powered by draft horses, that provides a full year-around diet for over 200 members. Essex Farm produces meat, eggs, vegetables, grains, maple syrup, soap and more for its members. The author aptly describes all the hard physical work and dedication that accomplishes this bounty and the deep connectedness she feels with the land that makes it all worth while. Along with giving the reader an appreciation for the effort that goes into producing what we eat, The Dirty Life is also an insightful look about switching gears and redirecting one’s life down an entirely new and unknown road. Kristin will give a reading and talk about the farm and how it has changed over the years. A question and answer period and book signing will follow the presentation. The Dirty Life is a GR Reads selection for 2013.