Saturday, January 19, 2013

Review # 266: Harvest- An Adventure into the Heart of America's Family Farms by Richard Horan

Description: (from Amazon)
     Novelist and nature writer Richard Horan embarked on an adventure across America to reveal that farming is still the vibrant beating heart of our nation. Horan went from coast to coast, visiting organic family farms and working the harvests of more than a dozen essential or unusual food crops—from Kansas wheat and Michigan wild rice to Maine potatoes, California walnuts, and Cape Cod cranberries—in search of connections with the farmers, the soil, the seasons, and the lifeblood of America.

     Richard Horan's Harvest is a narrative journey that I will not soon forget! I am no stranger to farm life - milking cows, mucking stalls, growing and harvesting crops, etc... so I was intrigued by a nation-wide search for unusual organic farms and their farmers. I was very surprised to learn that there were so many organic crops that I had never heard of - particularly wild rice from Michigan, and walnuts from California. I enjoyed reading about the day-to-day lives of today's organic agriculturalists and their families - the unseen workforce behind out grocery store shelves. The book was filled with interesting facts, great stories, and showed me that the true life-blood of America lies in those who grow and harvest the nation's food supply, organic or otherwise. Recommended to all readers, especially those interested in organic farming.

Rating: On the Run (4/5)

*** I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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