As I mentioned in my post on High Cliff State Park, I recently finished The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love by Kristin Kimball, a wonderful memoir that traces a self-professed “city girl” who falls in love and moves out to start a farm with her fiance. But not just any farm – a new concept in farming – a farm that can supply not only the farmers but their community members with a complete diet: fruit, vegetables, grains, dairy, meat and sweetener.
I don’t want to spoil too much of the story but I have to say that this was a truly touching account of life, love and learning. That sounds a bit cliche, but it’s true. I loved following the story because I loved to see Kimball’s journey as she fell further in love, not only with her fiance but with the land. As a reader, I learned not only interesting things about farming and food, but also, interesting reflections on community and society.
A confession; this book kind of made me want to leave our suburban house and go start a farm somewhere. Now, this is surprising to me because the book does NOT make farming look easy. It’s also surprising because – as anyone who knows me will attest – I am probably the LAST person who would be attracted by a farming lifestyle. I don’t like dirt or bugs or icky things. I’m not huge into manual labor and I like outdoors in a limited capacity with a side of air conditioning, sunscreen and bug spray. But truly this book was so inspiring that for a second, I seriously considered it… and even mentioned it to G who actually might like a farming lifestyle and he promptly told me that I was crazy and that I wouldn’t like farming. Yeah, he’s right.
Anyway, I would give this book a solid 5 sparkles and I encourage everyone to check it out, especially if you like memoirs and personal accounts.