The Wisdom of the Radish
And Other Lessons Learned on a Small Farm
By Lynda Browning
(Sasquatch Books, Hardcover, 9781570616426, 256pp.)
Publication Date: March 1, 2011
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Who knew that the hot career choice for recent college grads would be farming? Lynda Hopkins, a farmer's girlfriend, took her master's degree in environmental science communication and planted kale, radishes, and tomatoes on a small farm in Northern California to earn a living (sort of). What at first sounds pastoral and idyllic soon becomes a series of challenges as the realities of what it takes to run a farm come to light. From making the classic neophyte agronomist error of getting emotionally involved with her chickens to ruminating on the value of radishes, Hopkins's retelling of life on a farm in the modern age is engaging, even gripping. Through it all, Hopkins cultivates a sense of belonging, and with a lot of hard work and a little luck, she becomes quite a bit more than just a farmer's girlfriend.
Lynda Hopkins runs Foggy River Farm with her husband in Healdsburg, CA. She recently graduated from Stanford University with a master's degree in environmental science communication and bachelor's degrees in both Earth systems and creative writing.
"The new food economy we so desperately need is being built on the strong backs of young people like Lynda Hopkins. This book is funny, real, and deeply deeply hopeful!" —Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth "We owe two debts of gratitude to Lynda Hopkins