Good Husbandry: A Memoir
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About the Author
Kristin Kimball is a farmer and a writer living in northern New York. Prior to farming, Kimball worked as a freelance writer, writing teacher, and as an assistant to a literary agent in New York City. A graduate of Harvard University and the author of The Dirty Life and Good Husbandry, she and her husband Mark have run Essex Farm since 2003, where they live with their two daughters.
-Dominique Browning, The New York Times Book Review "Frighteningly intelligent... an excellent follow-up... offers a vivid example of what a good, sustainable, modern family farm looks like but also a reminder of how furiously, almost masochistically, devoted you have to be to keep such a place alive."
-Stephen Heyman, Vogue "Captures the feel of late autumn days in the fields, the joy of raising their two daughters on the farm. But it also records the strain of a struggling small business and the pressure that can bring to bear on a marriage... Survival is victory for small farms these days."
-Brian Mann, NPR "The author-turned-farmer gets real about marital problems, financial hardships, and the pleasure of eating what you grow."
-Sam Gillette, People Magazine "The achievement at Essex Farm is heroic, and this book is a vivid and inspiring account of alternative agriculture, filled with a visceral feeling for the earth and a love of seasonal, organic food."
-PD Smith, The Guardian "Kimball is a key voice for the young farmers taking on the hardest but most satisfying work."
--Concord Monitor "Kimball's superb memoir chronicles the evolution of a farm, marriage, family, and her own personal identity with humor, insight, and candor...Readers curious about small-farm life, or simply how one woman weathers great change both professionally and personally, will love Kimball's gutsy, generous second memoir."
--Publishers Weekly, STARRED review "This book is for all readers of memoir and lovely prose."
--Booklist, STARRED review "With warmth, honesty and vivid anecdotes, Kimball weaves a compelling narrative... She writes movingly about accepting the gifts and the hardships of each season, outer and inner. Good Husbandry is a clear-eyed tribute to a tough but nourishing rural life and the deep, sustainable joy it provides."
--Shelf Awareness "Like all good stories - fiction or nonfiction - Kimball's memoir considers what it means to build a good, happy life, and how we are tested in that endeavor. You don't need to know the first thing about farming to love this book."
--Mary Beth Keane, author of Ask Again, Yes "I've always wondered what became of Kristin and Mark after The Dirty Life, and this book delivers. Their family grew, their crew grew, and Kristin tells the story of their hardships with grace, humor and honesty. I'm rooting for them."
--Andrea Bemis, author of Dishing Up the Dirt