The Quarter-Acre Farm: How I Kept the Patio, Lost the Lawn, and Fed My Family for a Year

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Seal Press, Mar 1, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages
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When Spring Warren told her husband and two teenage boys that she wanted to grow 75 percent of all the food they consumed for one year?and that she wanted to do it in their yard?they told her she was crazy.
She did it anyway.
"The Quarter-Acre Farm" is WarrenOCOs account of deciding?despite all resistance?to take control of her familyOCOs food choices, get her hands dirty, and create a garden in her suburban yard. ItOCOs a story of bugs, worms, rot, and failure; of learning, replanting, harvesting, and eating. The road is long and riddled with mistakes, but by the end of her yearlong experiment, WarrenOCOs sons and husband have become her biggest fans?in fact, theyOCOre even eager to help harvest (and eat) the beautiful bounty she brings in.
Full of tips and recipes to help anyone interested in growing and preparing at least a small part of their diet at home, "The Quarter-Acre Farm" is a warm, witty tale about family, food, and the incredible gratification that accompanies self-sufficiency."
 

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User Review  - dallenbaugh - LibraryThing

We follow Spring Warren's adventures as she turns a quarter acre suburban yard into a place to grow food that would end up providing her with 75% of all her food (by weight) by the end of one year ... Read full review

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Charming and instructive, but not a gardening guide. Includes recipes. Read full review

Contents

Preface
9
1 making space
17
2 dollar for dirt
29
3 tofu of the west
43
4 sadism in the garden
53
5 sugar grows on trees
69
6 circus hens
83
7 free stuff
99
14 water
191
15 what weighs more a pound of diamonds or a pound of mushrooms?
203
16 hunting small game
215
the art of curing olives
233
18 the history of food preservation incluing my own
247
19 you can eat that?
267
20 a farmer critiques the quarter acre farm
281
21 victory in the garden
301

8 mud
113
9 the mysterious underground
123
10 magical fruit
139
11 weeds
151
12 when good bugs go bad
163
13 pole dancing
179
garden notes
312
acknowledgments
324
about the author
328
index
329
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About the author (2011)

Spring Warren is the author of the novel Turpentine, a bronze medalist for the 2007 ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award and a San Francisco Chronicle Notable Book of 2007.

Warren comes from Wyoming, where here family has lived since 1870. A true gal of the American West, she grew up in Casper and at a ranch in the Black Hills that her parents still own. She’s been a schoolteacher (children bring cow testicles to school for show and tell in Wyoming), raised pigs, killed rattlesnakes, hunted, and fished. When she moved toward writing, she was a working as a short order cook, selling worms and maple bars to campers, and teaching swimming lessons in the shadow of Devil's Tower, and was living in a trailer where she washed clothes in a wringer washer and dried them by the heat of the wood stove.

Warren now lives in Davis, California, an educational hub of the agricultural world, in the Central Valley, the world’s most productive agricultural region.

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