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Pot Farm [Paperback]

Matthew Gavin Frank

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Book Description

25 April 2012
After eight months in his childhood home helping his mother through her bout with cancer, Matthew Frank and his wife were themselves desperate for comfort. They found sanctuary in the most unlikely place amid a collection of outcasts and eccentrics on a plot of land miles outside their comfort zone: a mostly medical marijuana farm in California. Pot Farm details the strange, sublime, and sometimes dangerous goings-on at Weckman Farm, a place with hidden politics and social hierarchies, populated by recovering drug addicts, alternative healers, pseudo-hippie kids, and medical marijuana users looking to give back. There is also Lady Wanda, the massive, elusive, wealthy, and heavily armed businesswoman who owns the farm and runs it from beneath a housedress and a hat of peacock feathers. Frank explores the various roles that allow this industry to work from field pickers to tractor drivers, cooks to yoga instructors, managers to snipers, illegal immigrants to legal revisionists, and the delivery crew to the hospice workers on the other end. His book also looks at the blurry legislation regulating the marijuana industry as well as the day-to-day logistics of running such an operation and all the relationships that brings into play. Through firsthand observations and experiences (some influenced by the farm's cash crop), interviews, and research, Pot Farm exposes a thriving but unsung faction of contemporary American culture.

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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press; 1 edition (25 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803237847
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803237841
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.1 x 1.7 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,559,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Pot Farm is a simultaneously beautiful, dark and life-affirming story that recounts the summer Frank and his wife spent as workers at a California collective, Frank as a field hand, and his wife as an on-site masseuse. It's a book I would've paid to read." - John Warner, Inside Higher Ed "Pot Farm is the curious and compelling tale of a hazy season spent harvesting medical marijuana. The cast of characters rivals those found in the finest comic fiction, except these folks are real, and really peculiar. Pot Farm is smart, sly, revelatory, often laugh-out-loud funny, and entirely legal." - Dinty W. Moore, author of Between Panic and Desire "Sex, politics, intrigue, crime, adventure, life and death it's all here, in a strangely compelling hybrid of action flick meets postmodern philosophical meditation meets Cheech and Chong. This compulsively readable expose from a self-proclaimed unreliable narrator has it all, including a cast of outcast characters who simply jump off the page." - Gina Frangello, author of Slut Lullabies

About the Author

Matthew Gavin Frank is an assistant professor of creative writing at Northern Michigan University. He is the author of "Barolo," available in a Nebraska Paperback, and the poetry collections "Sagittarius Agitprop," "Warranty in Zulu," and "The Morrow Plots."

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift for a California friend 21 Mar 2012
By Megan_Michele - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this for a family friend who I thought would enjoy it. Many times I have caught her watching weeds, californication, shameless, dexter, and a handful of other lovely modern family type shows. She is fairly conservative, had several friends who have had breast cancer, and most people would never expect her to be interested in this sort of topic but...

...I just got a text message from her saying "A book calle Pot Farm came in the mail, reading it." Several hours later "I love it! Thank you." Home run! Fantastic gift for someone who watches any of the shows mentioned above.

I'm a bit curious myself about the book and will be ordering a copy soon.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A poetry-laden tour 21 Sep 2012
By Ken Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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Frank paints a colorful landscape not only of the business of pot farming but of a fascinating crew he spent a summer with. (If he can end a sentence with a preposition once and get away with it, perhaps so can I ;) His charmingly self-deprecating humor combined with his rich palette and his flamboyant style were demanding for me as a nonvisual thinker. But when I allowed him to paint his pictures, I was delighted with what I saw. This book is as much about the universality of struggle as it is about anything else. Frank struggles. His wife and coworkers struggle. The reader struggles to pick apart what he admits might be recollection clouded by the miasma of pot smoke.

As a small disclaimer and as a very proud moment, I must tell you, dear review reader, that I have known Matt for a long time. We were college hall-mates and I got to know him very well. I'm incredibly proud to be able to read and review this really great work. I'm also delighted to get to know him even better through the pages of his book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Pot Farm is a must read ! 3 April 2014
By Marilyn J. Frank - Published on Amazon.com
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Very interesting characters & enlightening. Thoroughly enjoyable . Easy to read & loved every moment. Personal touches make this book all the more interesting to read.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars sorry but not well written 19 Nov 2013
By Reduction - Published on Amazon.com
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Humboldt and many other pot stories to read out there. Red headed blackbelt etc.. This one has its heart in the right place but is muddled, meandering and in the end, difficult to get thru
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