Wisdom of the Last Farmer: Harvesting Legacies from the Land

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Description

David Mas Masumoto works a family farm, growing organic peaches, nectarines, and grapes. When Masumoto's father has a stroke on the fields of their eighty-acre farm, Masumoto confronts life's big questions: What do his and his father's lives mean? What ha

Product Details

Price
$17.99
Publisher
Atria Books
Publish Date
June 01, 2010
Pages
238
Dimensions
5.2 X 8.5 X 0.6 inches | 0.52 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781439182420
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About the Author

David Mas Masumoto is the award-winning author of Epitaph for a Peach and other books, popular columnist, spokesperson for organic farming, and a fellow at The Kellogg Foundation. A third-generation farmer, he grows certified organic peaches, nectarines, and grapes on his family's eighty-acre California farm. He lives in Del Ray, California.

Reviews

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 humbles and inspires. -- DEBORAH MADISON, author of What We Eat When We Eat Alone and Local Flavors
An eloquent and moving memoir...a coming-of-age story for adults as well as a generous appreciation of the personal value of farming to farmers and its overall value to society. Masumoto's love for his family, their land, and the fruit they produce shines through every chapter. -- MARION NESTLE, Ph.D., author of What to Eat
The only voice from within farming that sings of both its pleasures and its pains, Mas Masumoto's words are so deeply rooted in his farmwork that they sweat, sting, and shine all at the same time. America's most articulate orchard-keeper, its most earthy writer, Mas eloquently captures the everyday beauty, heartbreak, and moral complexity of a multigenerational family intent on 'bearing fruit' despite insurmountable odds. -- GARY PAUL NABHAN, author of Renewing America's Food Traditions
Masumoto passionately engages every fiber of his being in both his work and his writing, bringing the land to life for his readers....A philosopher in coveralls and work boots....Read slowly and savor.
--Booklist
A graceful meditation on the work of growing food and its meaning across generations. A peach of a book... worthy of placement alongside the best of Wendell Berry, Liberty Hyde Bailey and other literary farmers.
--Kirkus