An Adventure into the Heart of America's Family Farms
By Richard Horan
(Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780062090317, 336pp.)
Publication Date: September 2012
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Novelist and nature writer Richard Horan embarked on an adventure across America to reveal that farming is still the vibrant beating heart of our nation. Horan went from coast to coast, visiting organic family farms and working the harvests of more than a dozen essential or unusual food cropsfrom Kansas wheat and Michigan wild rice to Maine potatoes, California walnuts, and Cape Cod cranberriesin search of connections with the farmers, the soil, the seasons, and the lifeblood of America.
Sparkling with lively prose and a winning blend of profound seriousness and delightful humor, Harvest carries the reader on an eyeopening and transformational journey across the length and breadth of this remarkable land, offering a powerful national portrait of challenge and diligence, and an inspiring message of hope.
Richard Horan is a novelist, English teacher, and book reviewer for several national publications. His novel Goose Music was a finalist for the Great Lakes Fiction Award and won the ForeWord Book of the Year Bronze Medal. He is also the author of Seeds: One Man's Serendipitous Journey to Find the Trees That Inspired Famous American Writers from Faulkner to Kerouac, Welty to Wharton. He lives in Oswego, New York.
“Get ready to feel black earth on your fingers, to meet strong and independent people, and to know real gratitude for healthy fruits and vegetables. Richard Horan evocatively describes the peril and promise of family farms in America. I loved joining him on this journey, and so will you.”
-T.A. Barron, author of The Great Tree of Avalon
“A lively visit with the dauntless men and women who operate America’s family farms and help provide our miraculous annual bounty. Richard Horan writes with energy and passion.”
-Hannah Nordhaus, author of The Beekeeper's Lament
“Horan loves a road trip, he loves talk with strangers, he loves people who take their work seriously, he loves working with his hands, he loves rural landscape, and he loves food…[I]t’s all there in Harvest, reported with high spirits by a writer of uncommmon vigor.”
-Thomas Powers, author of The Killing of Crazy Horse
“By joining agricultural workers to bring in the crops in half a dozen states, 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