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One County, One Book

The 2014 One County, One Book selection is....

the dirty life

Dirty Life
A Memoir of Farming, Food, and Love

by Kristin Kimball

About the Book:

The book documents the first year spent by the Harvard-graduate author with her new husband on their sustainable farm in the Adirondacks, describing how she withdrew from big-city life to be married in their barn loft, the difficult obstacles they faced attempting to provide a whole diet for one hundred locals, and the rewards of a physical-labor lifestyle.

About the Author

I was born in 1971, and grew up in central New York. I graduated from Harvard in 1994, then moved to New York City, where I worked at a literary agency, taught creative writing, and freelanced for magazines and travel guides. In 2002, I interviewed a wingnut farmer named Mark, and took more than a professional interest in both him and his vocation. We founded Essex Farm together in 2004 - the world's first full-diet CSA, as far as we know - and I’ve been professionally dirty ever since. Mark and I have two daughters, and I have three great jobs: mother, farmer, writer.

Since the publication of The Dirty Life, I've written for O Magazine about what it’s like to change your life completely; for Vogue on physical work, and for Gourmet Live on all sorts of farm and food related subjects (The Pigs Are Alright, A Corny Story, Tales of Terror, Three Things Every Ethical Eater Needs To Know)

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Past Highlights

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