Farmstay U.S. Blog

Created for and by travelers and the farmers, these posts will cover a variety of topics related to farm stays in the U.S.

Winter Reading

"A book is like a garden carried in the pocket." ~ Chinese Proverb


Back in November, we asked our farmers and ranchers what they might read this winter, when they ostensibly had a little more free time for such leisurely pursuits. Here are a few of their answers.

(Links provided are our affiliate links with Changing Hands Bookstore, an independent business in Tempe, AZ.)

Both of us here in the Farm Stay U.S. office just finished The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food, and Love by Kristin Kimball, as did Kim of Grand View Farm in Vermont. It's also one of the prizes for our photo contest!


Kim next plans to read Year of Plenty by Craig Goodwin.



Penelope of Canyon Wren Farm in Colorado intends to look at Gaia's Garden, as well as perusing the seed catalogs, looking for tomato varieties to grow. She's looking for the perfect heriloom varieties, as well as a great paste tomato!

Penelope recommends to our readers the book Claiming Ground by Laura Bell.



The Schrock Family from Mojeji Ranch in Missouri is planning to read The One Straw Revolution: An Introduction to Natural Farming by Masanobu Fukuoka.

How about you, readers? Leave us a comment below and let us know what's on your reading list this winter!

2 comments for “Winter Reading”

  1. Posted Monday, December 19, 2011 at 1:07:31 PM

    I'd also like to recommend Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbra Kingsolver and TomatoLand by Barry Estabrook.

  2. Posted Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at 2:24:40 PM

    Thanks for the suggestions! We have Barbara Kingsolver's book in our gift shop. Maybe we should add TomatoLand.

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