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Turn here sweet corn : organic farming works / Atina Diffley.

By: Diffley, Atina.
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Publisher: Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, 2012Description: 1 online resource (335 pages, [16] pages of plates) : illustrations (some color).Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780816677726; 0816677727; 9780816681617; 0816681619; 1299914411; 9781299914414.Other title: Organic farming works.Subject(s): Women farmers -- United States -- Biography | Organic farming -- United States -- AnecdotesAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Turn here sweet corn.DDC classification: 631.5/84 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cold, hard water -- My name is Tina -- It's not here -- The other has my heart -- Forward through fire -- Past in the present -- Spring's fault, 1985 -- Songbirds nesting -- Ancient need -- Rock and bird -- Health is true wealth -- Drought of '88 -- Endangered species -- Nomads -- As-if-it-never-existed -- What to hold on to -- Subsoil is the mineral base -- Eureka -- If soil is virgin -- Maison Diffley -- Spring Covenant, 1994 -- Fertile ground -- The difference -- The real world of fresh produce -- Living in the relative present -- Looking to the future -- Kale versus Koch -- Definitely not fungible -- Soil versus oil -- Organic integrity -- Hail thaws into life -- Normal process -- Postscript -- Gratitude.
Summary: "A memoir of making these essential relationships work in the face of challenges as natural as weather and as unnatural as corporate politics, her book is a firsthand history of getting in at the "ground level" of organic farming. One of the first certified organic produce farms in the Midwest, the Diffleys' Gardens of Eagan helped to usher in a new kind of green revolution in the heart of America's farmland, supplying their roadside stand and a growing number of local food co-ops. This is a story of a world transformed -and reclaimed -one square acre at a time."--Publisher description.
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"A memoir of making these essential relationships work in the face of challenges as natural as weather and as unnatural as corporate politics, her book is a firsthand history of getting in at the "ground level" of organic farming. One of the first certified organic produce farms in the Midwest, the Diffleys' Gardens of Eagan helped to usher in a new kind of green revolution in the heart of America's farmland, supplying their roadside stand and a growing number of local food co-ops. This is a story of a world transformed -and reclaimed -one square acre at a time."--Publisher description.

Cold, hard water -- My name is Tina -- It's not here -- The other has my heart -- Forward through fire -- Past in the present -- Spring's fault, 1985 -- Songbirds nesting -- Ancient need -- Rock and bird -- Health is true wealth -- Drought of '88 -- Endangered species -- Nomads -- As-if-it-never-existed -- What to hold on to -- Subsoil is the mineral base -- Eureka -- If soil is virgin -- Maison Diffley -- Spring Covenant, 1994 -- Fertile ground -- The difference -- The real world of fresh produce -- Living in the relative present -- Looking to the future -- Kale versus Koch -- Definitely not fungible -- Soil versus oil -- Organic integrity -- Hail thaws into life -- Normal process -- Postscript -- Gratitude.

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Organic farmers have a tough row to hoe, as Diffley-half of the husband-and-wife team who built Minnesota's Gardens of Eagan, one of the Midwest's first certified organic produce farms-knows too well. Threats to her livelihood are legion: ever-encroaching suburbia, foul weather, nitwits spraying poison too close to the vegetable patch, and pipeline companies seeking eminent domain are just some struggles she's survived to tell. In fact, Diffley thrives. Like her own farm, this book offers an abundant crop: practical-minded readers will appreciate the how-to's of soil building and crop rotation as well as information on the rigors of meeting FDA organic standards. Those seeking inspiration will enjoy the story of a single mother's dogged effort to follow her bliss. Verdict All readers will enjoy the organic ethic beautifully demonstrated in the author's close observation of and deep deference to nature. One might quibble with Diffley's attempt to reconstruct dialog from journals; too often her speeches sound stilted, and her repeated use of the "I say" phrase has a numbing effect. Still, this is a satisfying, instructive book.-Robert Eagan, Windsor P.L., Ont. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Atina Diffley is an organic vegetable farmer who now educates consumers, farmers, and policymakers about organic farming through the consulting business Organic Farming Works LLC, owned by her and her husband, Martin. From 1973 through 2007, the Diffleys owned and operated Gardens of Eagan, one of the first certified organic produce farms in the Midwest.

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