Gaining Ground

Gaining Ground

A Story of Farmers Markets, Local Food, and Saving the Family Farm

Book - 2013
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Upon discovering that months of backbreaking work and five freight cars' worth of glittering corn have reaped his family's farm a profit of $18.16, young Forrest Pritchard, fresh out of college, resolves to take matters into his own hands. What ensues--through a series of hilarious encounters with all manner of livestock and colorful local characters--is a crash course in sustainable agriculture. Pritchard's biggest ally is his renegade father, who initially questions his son's career choice and rejects organic foods for sugary mainstream fare. But just when the farm starts to turn heads at local markets, his father's health takes a turn for the worse. - p. 2 of cover.
Publisher: Guilford, Connecticut : Lyons Press, an imprint of Globe Pequot Press, [2013]
ISBN: 9780762787258
0762787252
Branch Call Number: 630.92 PRITCHA
Characteristics: xvi, 320 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm

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Yuletide
Apr 10, 2015

Excellent book that gives us all hope. Also some new ideas! Very well written with the details you need to think about for your own projects without loosing the romance.

m2 Jul 09, 2014

Forrest Pritchard had created a nicely written, heartfelt introduction to the beginnings of his life in sustainable livestock farming and DC farmer's market selling. His story is very good news in the continuing story of the horrors of factory farming. As a vegan, I can wish he'd gone into vegetable farming, but it is still wonderful to know that organic and sustainable practices are GAINING GROUND.

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heartsease_23
Apr 29, 2014

i just finished this wonderful, wonderful book called Gaining Ground by Forrest Pritchard. It is beautifully written with humour, pensiveness and plenty of insight. It was heartwarming to read a success story about grass-fed farming, especially since i get such constant doses of negativity on Facebook about the horrors of Monsanto and agri-business.

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CatherineLibrarian
Sep 24, 2013

This is a great story about the author, Forrest Pritchard's efforts to revive his family farm by selling firewood, baling straw, selling chickens cubicle to cubicle, and finally delving into grass fed beef. Pritchard's voice and passion for his farm comes through the pages. He talks about waking each morning to a job he actually loves and still being able to pay the bills on time. It is a story of building family, saving tradition, and gaining ground.

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