The Wisdom of the Radish and Other Lessons Learned on A Small Farm

The Wisdom of the Radish and Other Lessons Learned on A Small Farm

Book - 2011
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Random House, Inc.
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.

Baker & Taylor
The author describes the challenges she and her boyfriend faced as they began a new life on a small farm in Healdsburg, California.

Perseus Publishing
Early in The Wisdom of the Radish, Lynda Hopkins admits that she's not a farmer. She’s not even a farmer's wife. She's an aspiring farmer's girlfriend. With this tentative start, she and her boyfriend become the country's newest sodbusters. Their goal is to earn a living wage selling the fruits of their labor at the local farmers' market in Healdsburg, California.

What at first sounds pastoral and idyllic quickly devolves into disaster: crop failures, worm-riddled corn, flood, and an episode involving a fox that's right out of Aesop's Fables. But with perseverance, Mother Nature's strong inclination for plants to grow, and sage counsel from Internet message boards, a working farm rises from humble soil.

Hopkins is a winning storyteller, and her account of seedlings, harvests, chickens, and goats is gripping. She ruminates on the value of radishes, considering their economic and sentimental profit and loss. She makes the classic greenhorn error of becoming emotionally involved with her chickens, and comes to the shocking realization that her roosters are serial rapists!

Ultimately, the farm becomes home and not just an endless set of chores. Sometimes it just takes a little heart to become more than an aspiring farmer's girlfriend.

Publisher: Seattle, WA : Sasquatch Books, c2011
ISBN: 9781570616426
Characteristics: 248 p. : ill. ; 23 cm


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Jun 02, 2015

A complete whine fest, as expected from a Southern California suburbanite. The author manages to insult every demographic; uses the F-word liberally; despite having a BS, BA, and MS from Stanford, one of which was in Writing. Is it really the best use of the English language to use so much profanity to express your views? I really wish I had spent my time on something more worthwhile.

Feb 11, 2012

excellent read I like this one


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