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  • 24 September 2019
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Harvest AUTHOR Richard Horan Read & Download Þ 104 Out the trees that inspired the work of great American writers like Faulkner Kerouac Welty Wharton and Harper Lee In Harvest Horan embarks upon a serendipitous journey across America to work the harvests of than a dozen essential or unusual food crops and in the process forms powerful connections with the farmers the soil and the seaso. I am not a farmer but I spent several summers and one fall working on small sustainable family farms when I was younger In college I volunteered on local farms attended the biggest organic farming conference in the US several years running and traveled to Kenya Africa for a month to learn about sustainable farming and permaculture there It was a lifestyle that I loved and envisioned myself following and though life has taken a few turns since then I could still see myself doing so on a smaller scale I explain this because given my personal experience this book simply rings overly rosy and idealistic to me I assure you picking and packing blueberries might seem like a rosy job if you do it for a day but if you do it for three years running and your income for those months is dependent on what you pick you will have a much nuanced view of it Also having grown up in Wisconsin as the child of two wildlife biologists I can safely say that we have precious few of the wolves moose and cougar mentioned in the wild rice chapterI know it s all perspective and I would be overwhelmed in cities he probably thinks are small but having worked in an area of northern uebec where there is one gravel road for hundreds of kilometers and only one town of 800 I laughed out loud when he talked about the remote Maine interstate And yes I have been to remote Maine as wellOverall this guy seems very comfortable making broad sweeping idealistic statements with only a small amount of hands on knowledge or experience

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Harvest AUTHOR Richard Horan Read & Download Þ 104 Ran writes with energy and passion” Hannah Nordhaus author of The Beekeeper’s Lament“Horan’s new book evocatively describes the peril and promise of family farms in America I loved joining him on this journey and so will you” TA Barron author of The Great Tree of AvalonIn Seeds novelist and nature writer Richard Horan sought. Maybe it s a symptom of feeling claustrophobic and stressed in my chaotic suburban life There s something soothing very appealing about being in the country and it s just that sentiment that led me to pick up Richard Horan s Harvest An Adventure into the Heart of America s Family FarmsHoran s story is one of a writer and teacher who embarks on a uest to explore organic farms across the country meeting colorful characters and exploring various aspects of farming in the months he s away from his Oswego NY home Harvested crops include green beans tomatoes wild rice and cranberries and his locations range from the High Plains of Kansas to Michigan Ohio Maine California Horan s uest is national and the locales were what most appealed to me about the book I m an armchair traveler you knowI was sold on needing to read the book when I learned one of Horan s stops was in Winters Calif site of my magnificent hot air balloon ride where he harvested walnuts In Winters ourselves we marveled at the amount of agriculture blossoming in the countryside Our balloon guide talked about the many crops grown in the foothills of California and I was enchanted by it all It s hard not to imagine a different life in California one in which we actually take notice of the earth and really depend on itThat s sort of where Horan is coming from too He wants to get back to basics He wants to work with his hands get dirty get involved in something that doesn t involve a classroom or book or electronic device He wants to just be into it And you know what I really respected thatSomething about Harvest felt disjointed though While I liked following his adventures from one town to the next the narrative felt sort of weightless as though Horan had no real point to it all Combined with the distracting footnotes on many pages I found myself wondering what I was supposed to get We didn t spend enough time with any of the farmers or their familieshelpers to really connect with them and maybe that s where the book veered off for me Just as I become interested in one gregarious up and at em farmer we were bound for Michigan Or some suchHoran is certainly adventurous pitching in and using all manners of devices or just his plain hands but I didn t fully connect with him as a narrator I appreciated that he was giving a voice to some of those hardworking folks who harvest and provide food for the rest of us office drones but I never felt invested in the story I finished the book and liked it well enough but something was just missingThose interested in farming practices travel and the state of American agriculture might find Harvest enjoyable than I did While Horan can certainly write and I appreciated his observations I wanted

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Harvest AUTHOR Richard Horan Read & Download Þ 104 “Richard Horan has brought us a welcome view of America to defy the prevailing political and financial nastiness This is a timely and important book” Ted Morgan author of Wilderness at Dawn“A lively visit with the dauntless men and women who operate America’s family farms and help provide our miraculous annual bounty Richard Ho. Stopped reading about 60% through the book which I hate doing Being from a farming family I love the idea behind his book but his writing was really boring me and I felt like it was just an account of chores he was doing for harvest and rarely anything deeper than that