The Dirty Life

February 23rd, 2011

On assignment, writer Kristin Kimball falls in love with a man and an opportunity to cultivate a particular home and family life. In her recently-published book, The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love, she recounts how she and this man, Mark, will combine their energies, tenacity and heart, to restoring a farm–one that, in its smaller scale and traditional, organic methods, will supply them, and a community of share members, with a complete and sustainable diet. While this book is not currently held in our Steenbock collection, it can be obtained from the UW System or from our area public libraries.

Similarly, with intimacy, humor and candor, local Wisconsin authors, Jerry Apps, Dick Cates, Ben Logan, and Michael Perry have shared the dirt on farming and rural life. Enjoy these titles below, among others, from our campus library collections. For assistance finding these and more, consult with your librarians.

Apps, Jerold. Old Farm: A History
Wisconsin Historical Society Press, c2008

Cates, Richard L. Voices from the Heart of the Land: Rural Stories that Inspire Community
Madison, WI: Terrace Books, c2008

Logan, Ben. The Land Remembers: The Story of a Farm and its People
New York : Viking Press, 1975

Perry, Michael. Coop: A Year of Poultry, Pigs, and Parenting
New York: Harper, c2009