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Wisdom of the last farmer : harvesting legacies from the land

Author: David Mas Masumoto
Publisher: New York : Free Press, 2010, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Free Press trade pbk. edView all editions and formats
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In this memoir, the author finds the natural connections between generation and succession, fathers and children, booms and declines as he tells the story of his family and their farm. He sees the price the family has paid to grow complex heirloom peaches--when the market rewards tasteless, big, and red fruits--and the challenges of maintaining traditions and integrity while working in the modern, high-pressure  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: David Mas Masumoto; David Mas Masumoto
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Mas Masumoto
ISBN: 1439182426 9781439182420
OCLC Number: 517275774
Description: xiii, 238 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Family heirloom --
The price of perfection --
Second sons --
The last orchard --
Calling your father a weed --
Living with insults --
Resilience --
Learning to lean, walking on uneven ground --
Shoveling sand --
Back in the saddle again --
Season of dirt --
Perfect junk --
The art of going slow : French plowing --
Hardpan economics --
Falling down --
Welding --
Killing an orchard to save the farm --
The sweat thesis --
The hands of caregivers --
Farming with ghosts --
Missing stories --
Fields of gold --
Places where we belong --
How many harvests left? --
Coming home --
Names we wear --
Abandoning a vineyard --
Preservation --
Day is done.
Responsibility: David Mas Masumoto ; [foreword by Dan Barber].

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In this memoir, the author finds the natural connections between generation and succession, fathers and children, booms and declines as he tells the story of his family and their farm. He sees the price the family has paid to grow complex heirloom peaches--when the market rewards tasteless, big, and red fruits--and the challenges of maintaining traditions and integrity while working in the modern, high-pressure agricultural marketplace. As his father's health declines along with the profitability of the family farm, the author moves beyond economic concerns to questions of life, death, and renewal.

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"Wisdom of the Last Farmer is a fiercely tender book; it could forever change how you regard a parent and the way you eat a peach...[and] puts food and farming into a rugged perspective that both Read more...

 
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