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An American homeplace

Author: Donald McCaig
Publisher: New York : Crown, ©1992.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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On a September day in 1971, Donald McCaig and his wife, Anne, arrived at their new home, an abandoned farm in the least populated county in eastern America. Over the next twenty years they learned - one challenging day at a time - how to raise sheep and grow enough food for themselves and their stock. The story of the McCaigs' farm, from the time it was first cultivated in the eighteenth century to the McCaigs'  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
McCaig, Donald.
American homeplace.
New York : Crown, ©1992
(OCoLC)645839501
Named Person: Donald McCaig; Donald McCaig
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Donald McCaig
ISBN: 0517584875 9780517584873
OCLC Number: 24912839
Description: 228 pages : illustrations, 1 map ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Donald McCaig.

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On a September day in 1971, Donald McCaig and his wife, Anne, arrived at their new home, an abandoned farm in the least populated county in eastern America. Over the next twenty years they learned - one challenging day at a time - how to raise sheep and grow enough food for themselves and their stock. The story of the McCaigs' farm, from the time it was first cultivated in the eighteenth century to the McCaigs' struggle to keep it productive today, is at the heart of An American Homeplace. Amplifying that personal account are the voices of farmers, storekeepers, horse breeders, mechanics, and other country people. McCaig writes wonderfully about his working dogs, the animals he raises, and the wild animals he encounters; the seasons of the farmer's year; the ways of rural society; the ageless challenges of agriculture; and the modern dangers of agribusiness. This is the history of the American family farm, an institution built on personal honesty, trust in one's neighbors, and optimism about the future. An American Homeplace is a wise and powerful report on a part of America that is struggling - often ingeniously - to survive.

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