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Turn Here Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works Hardcover – Apr 4 2012


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  • Hardcover: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Univ Of Minnesota Press (April 4 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816677719
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816677719
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.7 x 3.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 612 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #629,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Format: Hardcover
Author Diffley isn't just an author or an organic farmer; she certainly isn't just a community-wired advocate for farmer's rights and she sure isn't just a grandma--she's all of these things and a whole bushel-full more.

I think perhaps the best way to describe Turn Here Sweet Corn is to consider it in terms of a wind--a wind with all the power to knock you over and, at the same time, caress you with warmth. Everyone should experience this book; the writing will blow you away.

Atina, changed her name after caring for an amazing woman who played a crucial role in the force that's Atina Diffley. Though now past away, Atina learned from her aged companion how to find strength in even the toughest times. Author Diffley struggled through a difficult marriage but evolved into a loving partnership with one of the first people to actually see her; Martin Diffley. Through their relationship with not only the land, but all that it can provide, they created a world around a single belief; grow it and they will come.

Welcome to Garden's of Eagan.

Like all gardens there are weeds--weeds with clever roots that can take over in a single season. But if you create a plan and embrace the weeds, anything is possible. Everything. Turn Here Sweet Corn is not just a memoir, it's a thriller, it's a romance and boy is it packed with mystery. And near the end (which is really the beginning) there's a twist that will give you something we all yearn for; hope.

"In the morning, when I awake, my first thought is: You can soar. Always remember this."

One of the many messages woven throughout Turn Here Sweet Corn is that organic farming is work. Endless, exhausting, consuming, work.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
tender, honest and powerful... a personal story of our collective challenge March 23 2012
By Paula Manor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The depth and breadth of Atina Diffley's memoir lays bare a dynamic, multi-dimensional landscape of life on the Diffley family farm. But this organic farm is not all peace and tranquility, and this story has cultural tentacles that stretch far beyond the Diffley's personal story. The family is swept into the trajectory and momentum of nature's supplantation by burgeoning development from the city. Education for the Diffley's is not about pontificating the destruction of ecosystems or the cultural phenomenon of displacement. Rather, they are living in the middle of it, reverent to the inter-dependent communities of eco-systems, soil compositions, and multi-generational farm families.

This story is a first person account of intimate relationships with fellow creatures that are literally bulldozed away. The telling is not sentimental or resentful. Rather Atina's voice is matter-of-fact and hopeful, speaking with a compassionate tone that becomes increasingly clear and powerful.

Atina Diffley's memoir is a weave of raw and wholesome truth-telling at it's best. There is always a rumbling under foot that makes this book hard to put down. Atina has discovered a rare and soulful voice of witnessing and foreshadowing our collective survival. She reclaims power and place for our natural world--honoring trillions of species, including humans--as she compassionately speaks and educates toward conscious, mutually sustainable development.

"Turn Here Sweet Corn" is a personal story that masterfully articulates the grief inherent in forcible transplantation, and the uprooting of our deep soul connection with the earth. But you don't have to be an organic farmer or consumer (or even sympathetic to the cause) to laugh and cry your way through Atina's story. This personal account is our collective, planetary story. The magic of Atina's memoir will reach into places that have longed to heal--both inner and outer--applying salve to wounds not yet named. Atina's account of her family's story is innocently and innately packed with enough power and compassion to return our inter-dependent world to a place of reverence and care. Don't miss this opportunity to walk in Atina's shoes, only to discover that they are on your own feet.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Turn Here Sweet Corn March 31 2012
By Ellie Mer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. It covers love, joy, drama, success, work, disappointment, etc. All that you could ask for in a good read. And it's true, every bit of it, with characters NOT easily forgetable... It's really a love story, between a woman with an enormous passion for the land, and how she finds her footing in Minnesota soil, and discovers its' endless possibilities for wonderful fabulous organic foods. Atina Diffley is a beautiful writer, poetic yet straight shooting, and she has written her lifestory with a fierce passion much like the hard work she devoted to her farming. Anybody would love this book..it's got EVERYTHING! Five Stars! You betcha.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Gripping, passionate . . . farming! (?!) April 17 2012
By Robert Y. Walser - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
What a surprise! Atina Diffley's memoir celebrates the interconnectedness and ecology of lives, histories, plants, animals, soil, air and water with a passion and tempo that astonished me. As her story unfolds and the reader comes to know this remarkable and passionate woman the power of her story and her storytelling make sense: this book is the product of deep conviction and experience. Yet she has a light touch and humor sprouts in the most unexpected places.

With it's fast pace, grace and humor I hope this book finds a wide audience. There is nothing more basic than food and water and this book engages the reader in many of the complexities of those basics in industrialized America. Through her narrative Diffley brings these issues to life and reveals their day-to-day workings and consequences, particularly the significance of place, relationships and community to the food we eat.

I didn't expect to be so instantly engaged - at times I laughed aloud, but there were tears in my eyes at the end. There is love, passion and good to savor here. Thank you, Atina.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
So good I cried at the end May 5 2012
By Jen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This book was so good I cried at the end. Essential reading for anyone who cares about organic farming or wants to learn about why it's important and must be preserved. Atina Diffley is an amazingly powerful, intelligent, tireless woman who we owe a huge "THANK YOU" to. She is a trail blazer, stands up for who and what she believes in and organic food would not be what it is today without her. I just might read it again. THANK YOU ATINA!!! You are a beautiful spirit and an inspiration!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This Has Movie Written All Over It!!! April 26 2012
By Jay Gilbertson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Author Diffley isn't just an author or an organic farmer; she certainly isn't just a community-wired advocate for farmer's rights and she sure isn't just a grandma--she's all of these things and a whole bushel-full more.

I think perhaps the best way to describe Turn Here Sweet Corn is to consider it in terms of a wind--a wind with all the power to knock you over and, at the same time, caress you with warmth. Everyone should experience this book; the writing will blow you away.

Atina, changed her name after caring for an amazing woman who played a crucial role in the force that's Atina Diffley. Though now past away, Atina learned from her aged companion how to find strength in even the toughest times. Author Diffley struggled through a difficult marriage but evolved into a loving partnership with one of the first people to actually see her; Martin Diffley. Through their relationship with not only the land, but all that it can provide, they created a world around a single belief; grow it and they will come.

Welcome to Garden's of Eagan.

Like all gardens there are weeds--weeds with clever roots that can take over in a single season. But if you create a plan and embrace the weeds, anything is possible. Everything. Turn Here Sweet Corn is not just a memoir, it's a thriller, it's a romance and boy is it packed with mystery. And near the end (which is really the beginning) there's a twist that will give you something we all yearn for; hope.

"In the morning, when I awake, my first thought is: You can soar. Always remember this."

One of the many messages woven throughout Turn Here Sweet Corn is that organic farming is work. Endless, exhausting, consuming, work. Yet as each season brings new challenges and endless headaches not to mention threats of hail, bulldozers and a possible pipeline, Diffley faces them all with a courage that will surprise you. It's her core belief that in the end, after all the crops are in and the harvest is done, it's the land that should always have the final say.

"Someday our businesses and enterprises will cease to exist. They do not need to live eternally. But the land does. The land and nature are forever."

It's a rare combination when an author sets out to share her life through words that the words themselves become something else all together. When a story like this becomes a force that can carry you away, you know you've discovered something important.

And then there's kale. Whenever things got a little whacky and Diffley felt her world was coming undone, (and it did many times) she went to the fields filled with kale and found the energy to move ahead. She's discovered a new place to grow her truth, a new earth to care for and you're invited.

Turn Here Sweet Corn will whisk you away in a wind you'll never forget.

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