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Growing a Farmer

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Former city-dweller Kurt Timmermeister describes the life and livelihood of a modern-day farmer. In Growing a Farmer: How I Learned to Live Off the Land he tells about his initial stumbles in his quest to establish a profitable farm near Seattle, and he shares the specifics of making cheese, raising cows, and slaughtering pigs, and it will entirely change the way we think about our relationship to the food we consume.

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Comments [11]

danettemcreynolds from Thousand Oaks, California

To those who readily surrender their paychecks at Whole Foods, what you had the opportunity to hear was the life of a small scale farmer. Why do you view one speaking to the practicality of farming, as distasteful? What the country needs is a true sense of hunger. Then, you city types would be volunteneering in droves to work the farm.

Jul. 28 2011 12:08 PM
Sophie from Poughkeepsie, NY

Oh boy, what a glib tone! I can just see his hand waving dismissively..eh duh.

Jul. 27 2011 01:35 AM
Serge Lescouarnec from Montclair, New Jersey

What I like about Kurt's book which I took time to read before I interviewed him back in January is that he relates his experience warts and all. He does not try to romance it.

Here's link to my interview...
http://www.sergetheconcierge.com/2011/01/amazing-bees-big-on-cheese-growing-a-farmer-interview-with-kurt-timmermeister-.html

Jul. 26 2011 02:50 PM
Serge Lescouarnec from Montclair, New Jersey

What I like about Kurt's book which I took time to read before I interviewed him back in January is that he relates his experience warts and all. He does not try to romance it.

Here's link to my interview...
http://www.sergetheconcierge.com/2011/01/amazing-bees-big-on-cheese-growing-a-farmer-interview-with-kurt-timmermeister-.html

Jul. 26 2011 02:44 PM
Ro from Manhattan

Something repellently glib about his presentation. Eeew!

Jul. 26 2011 01:36 PM
Lee from NYC

Can you taste the faux humility in the milk?

Jul. 26 2011 01:31 PM
Amy from Manhattan

OK, so you didn't go organic--do you at least not put antibiotics in the animals' feed, to keep from raising resistant bacterial strains along w/the animals?

Jul. 26 2011 01:24 PM
Alex from NYC

"Code of ethics." "Good stewardship." Keep 'em coming, Mr. lamb slaughterer!

Jul. 26 2011 01:21 PM
Alex from NYC

The lambs were "beautifully slaughtered" and "intrinsically good"? You can taste the lavendar they eat? Sounds to me like you had the wrong "conversion" experience.

Jul. 26 2011 01:21 PM

Dude, it's totally UN-beautiful to slaughter a lamb. Talk more about broccoli.

Jul. 26 2011 01:15 PM
anonyme

Thank you for telling this story! Can't wait to hear it!

Jul. 26 2011 11:07 AM

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