on December 20, 2011
When I stumbled upon this book, I was in the midst of doing research on CSAs and other forms of small scale agriculture. I bought the book because I wanted to read something that provided (in detail) what it is like to work on a farm like the ones I was reading about. I was not disappointed! Not only was it incredibly descriptive, but it was very enjoyable to read. I laughed out loud several times, and also started salivating when Kimball talks about the fresh farm food that they harvest, cook, and eat.
I would recommend this book to anyone who has even the slightest interest in farms or local agriculture. It is a fantastic read!
on February 22, 2013
It is so wonderful to take a break from instructional type books and read a story of a family who suceeded in starting a fantastic farm and living off the land. I couldn't put down The Dirty Life! Kristin Kimball left the city to follow the man of her dreams and help him fulfill his dream. Soon, of course, the country living gets into her blood and can't be kicked! Her and her husband decide to start a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture program) in which they will provide everything needed to feed the families who join their program. Generally, CSA farmers stick with veggies and fruits, but Kristin and Mark go all in, providing meat and diary products as well.
There is absolutely nothing I didn't love in The Dirty Life! Books like this give me much more enthusiasm for a life on the land. No, it's not easy (as very evident in this book!), but it is a life that is satisfying, good, and full of joy. Kristin's writing is engrossing, funny, and thorough, AND she throws a great love story in there too! Farming, dirt, and love... what more could you ask for?
I finished this a couple weeks ago, but now I think I'll reread it after writing this review! Ah! It's so good!
on March 27, 2016
I am a big public library user, but I bought this book so that I could read it again and lend it to friends. It's a really interesting personal account of a farmer taking part in the local food movement. There's romance, too. The writing is like poetry at times, echoing some profound truths about our connection to the land and to what we eat. I wish I could taste the food from this farm!! A few simple recipes or descriptions are thrown into the text of the story and they are inspiring to me and make me drool. If you are a home cook, a locavore, love getting back to the land and simplifying, I think you would really enjoy this story.