Growing a Farmer: How I Learned to Live Off the Land. By Kurt Timmermeister. New York : W W Norton, 2011. 335 p.
Carolyn Petersen, CLRS Project Manager, Tumwater, WA.
This recent memoir reads like having an interesting friend sit down to relate how he made the intriguingly insane choice to change from being a city guy on Capitol Hill who ran a successful restaurant (He didn’t even know how to drive a car, let alone own one) to establishing and running Kurtwood Farms on Vashon Island—with no previous experience whatsoever as a farmer. Each chapter details a new challenge in his life as a farmer. (Who knew that when dairy cows are in heat they will try to mount anything—including the farmer leading them from one pasture to the next?) Kurt Timmermeister hopes by honestly sharing his struggles to produce quality products on a small 13 acre farm that consumers will appreciate even more the local produce that comes to market.
ISBN-13: 978 0393070859