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The Dirty Life: A Story of Farming the Land and Falling in Love [Paperback]

Kristin Kimball
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5 Jan 2012
Kristin Kimball had no plans to become a farmer. But then she met Mark and everything changed. Within a few months, she'd traded her high heels, vegetarian diet and city apartment for a pair of boots, a troupe of chickens, and a shared commitment to turning 500 swampy acres into an organic community farm. Passionate, inspiring and beautifully written, this is a true story of following your dreams and learning to grow your own happiness.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Portobello Books Ltd (5 Jan 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846273285
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846273285
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 329,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"As Kimball chronicles that first year in supple prose, the farm takes on vivid form, with the frustrations balancing the satisfactions and the dark complementing the light. Throughout the book, the author ably describes the various trials and tribulations involved... A hearty, chromatic account of a meaningful accomplishment in farming." --"Kirkus Reviews"

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Before becoming a farmer, KRISTIN KIMBALL graduated from Harvard University and worked as a freelance writer, writing teacher, and an assistant to a literary agent in New York City. Since 2003, she and her husband have run Essex Farm in the Adirondacks, where they live with their two young daughters.

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5.0 out of 5 stars the dirty life comes clean 26 Oct 2012
Kristin Kimball abandoned vegetarianism, restaurant meals, frequent travel, the NYC urban life for a unique, dedicated, centered man with a dream. Together, they combined their hard work ethic, their skills, their passion to create a large, challenging, wonderful organic farm. This book concentrates on the progress of their first year through the seasons. Their story is so engaging and informative, I could hardly put it down. I learned a great deal about farming, food production, and commitment. Proposition 37, on the California ballot, is a measure to require labeling on genetically engineered food. This issue will only become more prominent. The Dirty Life promotes clean, productive living and clean, delicious food. I read the hardbook edition, subtitled: on farming, food, and love.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic true story 24 Jun 2012
We like to think of ourselves as enjoying the 'Good life' growing veg and keeping chicks, and yearn for a smallholding one day, so The Dirty Life was a fantastic insight into farming, albeit on a bit American scale. I came away with great admiration for Kristin who completely changed her way of life, and writes with a great easy to read style. The book follows the ups and downs of the farming year. I'm now enjoying following their story on their website through their blog.
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4.0 out of 5 stars From the city to the countryside 20 Dec 2013
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For me it was the other way, As a boy I lived on a farm. Later, I moved to a small town. This story makes me think of my childhood on a farm, how hard it is to work 7 days a week.
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