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The premise the author and his wife buy a run down farm on Salt Spring Island and make an effort at small time traditional farming The story Brian Brett tells the story of 18 years of small farm experience as an 18 year day That is, all of his anecdotes and stories are laid out as if in the story of a day in the life The concept is original and suits the sharing of farming anecdotes to a tee.The content Brett s anecdotes are both entertaining and interesting He and his wife have cl The premise the author and his wife buy a run down farm on Salt Spring Island and make an effort at small time traditional farming The story Brian Brett tells the story of 18 years of small farm experience as an 18 year day That is, all of his anecdotes and stories are laid out as if in the story of a day in the life The concept is original and suits the sharing of farming anecdotes to a tee.The content Brett s anecdotes are both entertaining and interesting He and his wife have clearly embraced the small farm lifestyle and stand firmly against big multi national agribusiness from both an ethical and pragmatic perspective The chapters contain in varying quantities how to advice, opinion, researched historical perspective, contrast with agribusiness, and at times hilarious anecdotes Brett is also a writer by trade and he includes some samples of poetry not necessarily his to underscore his points where he feels it is appropriate He incorporates his dreamer s pastoral view of the role of a small farmer, which alternates between fitting charming and unrealistic annoying if only because his setting on Salt Spring Island is a bit unique in this country, and the vast majority of small farmers face challenges most notably real winter with which he does not have to contend The book is certainly interesting, and I would recommend it to anyone considering rural life and small time hobby farming Eleven months after beginning this book, I am finally finished and it was no small effort Essentially, Brett muses about life on his small farm and shares the trials, the accomplishments, the rewards and the mundane of his farming days With just a short ferry ride between my island and his, I was looking forward to similarities in our lives But no There are definitely some gems of thought hidden in these pages, but you have to wade through his patronizing lectures to find them Endlessly spe Eleven months after beginning this book, I am finally finished and it was no small effort Essentially, Brett muses about life on his small farm and shares the trials, the accomplishments, the rewards and the mundane of his farming days With just a short ferry ride between my island and his, I was looking forward to similarities in our lives But no There are definitely some gems of thought hidden in these pages, but you have to wade through his patronizing lectures to find them Endlessly speaking atop his soap box in his holier than thou tone, he puts down everyone from the ignorant to the educated, from the dreaded citified to his own island neighbours We are left to imagine what his neighbours think of him, he who, among other things, traipses around naked, shot off his own finger and nearly crushed their occupied car during a tree falling incident Although he admits to having had to learn about farming the hard way, he looks down on anyone who has ever made a mistake or a poor choice In his enlightened state, he truly is a loose cannon who admits to having attempted to discipline strangers children, becoming irate at the local annual fair volunteers and playing spiteful tricks on his guests, trying to scare them senseless He praises the efforts of farm markets and eating locally but then admits that he does not even frequent his own local farmers market.His views on agri business, factory farming and government bureaucracy are valuable as are his predictions of the fall of mankind due to our over dependency on technology and paying attention to the wrong kind of information He wants his reader to recognize that we are losing our connection to the land, if we have not already lost it My favourite quote We live in an age of trivia, not information When I consider the sixteenth century peasant who supposedly knew so little, I think of someone who could smell hay and recognize its food value, identify hundreds of medicinal flowers, berries, and vegetables, and tell you when to plant or harvest and how to preserve someone who could milk a cow and create or fix almost any tool in the house someone who lived for the most part in grace with the natural environment What can we say to a world where a child on a bus in Vancouver looks out the window and asks his mother, Is that a crow It is truths like this that prodded me to continue sifting through the rest of his minutiae for many months With some heavy handed editing and a ballsy editor, this could have been a 4 star treasure @READ DOWNLOAD ¸ Trauma Farm: A Rebel History of Rural Life õ An irreverent and illuminating journey through a day in the life of writer and poet Brian brett, as he tends a small island farm on Salt Spring Island, affectionately named Trauma Farm, with numerous side trips into the natural history of farmingBrian Brett moves from the tending of livestock, poultry, orchards, gardens, machinery, and fields to the social intricacies of rural communities and, finally, to an encounter with a magnificent deer in the silver moonlight of a magical farm field Brett understands both tall tales and rigorous science as he explores the small mixed farm meditating on the perfection of the egg and the nature of soil while also offering a scathing critique of agribusiness and the horror of modern slaughterhouses Whether discussing the uses and misuses of gates, examining the energy of seeds, or bantering with his family, farm hands, and neighbours, he remains aware of the miracles of life, birth, and death that confront the rural world every day Trauma Farm tells a story that is passionate, practical, and frequently hilarious, providing an unforgettable portrait of one farm and our separation from the natural world, as well as a common sense analysis of rural life I want to recommend this book to anyone who s ever thought it would be cool to live on a farm and or who s appalled sometimes by the urban life, its mechanized routines, the flavorless processed foods and addictive chemicals we consume here Trauma Farm is part memoir, part history, part polemic, part poetry Brett occupies the fairly unique position of being able to be both romantic about the joys of farming and quite cynical and critical about the near impossibility of surviving while fighti I want to recommend this book to anyone who s ever thought it would be cool to live on a farm and or who s appalled sometimes by the urban life, its mechanized routines, the flavorless processed foods and addictive chemicals we consume here Trauma Farm is part memoir, part history, part polemic, part poetry Brett occupies the fairly unique position of being able to be both romantic about the joys of farming and quite cynical and critical about the near impossibility of surviving while fighting the factory farm, genetically modified food, industrial processing hegemony that is modern agriculture He s an organic all round farmer who raises livestock, a variety of vegetable, fruit, and flower crops, and ponders the complexities of the ecosystem he is not only inhabiting but creating all of which he can accomplish in the relatively utopian setting of Salt Spring Island in British Columbia Even with the turn to organic produce and buying local, small farmers are beleaguered just ask one of your guys at the farmers market next time you pick up some arugula and goat cheese While the book offers a bitter indictment of globalization and government over regulation that are destroying our environment as well as our enjoyment of real food and natural living, it also depicts a romantic and nostalgic world few people experience anyIt s both pessimistic and hopeful I could open up the book on any page and find something beautiful or provocative to quote, but maybe I ll just throw the opening paragraph at you A farm is both theory and worms Once it was the bridge between wilderness and civilization now it has become a lonely preserve for living with what remains of the natural landscape a failing companion to a diminishing number of hunter gatherer societies, a few parks, and the surviving wilderness There is a science to farming, but one of its by products is the terrifying logic of the factory farm There is also a history of traditional practices, some delicious and others scary Those traditions, along with the small farms remaining, are being crushed by regulation and globalization A fascinating and meditative and poetic look at farming and farming life from one of Canada s underrated writers I m going to review this book for my Ink column, so I won t writeabout it I really enjoyed it. Brian Brett has managed to mix the bad news with the good news that is, our factory farms, our cruel and unhealthy methods of raising and slaughtering animals, and the botanical holocaust we are perpetrating with genetically engineered produce with the alternatives to all these, that is, the small farms, the locally grown vegetables, and the people who are rebelling against a short sighted concept of progress.And the stories of his farm, his trees, animals, the people, of Salt Spring Isl Brian Brett has managed to mix the bad news with the good news that is, our factory farms, our cruel and unhealthy methods of raising and slaughtering animals, and the botanical holocaust we are perpetrating with genetically engineered produce with the alternatives to all these, that is, the small farms, the locally grown vegetables, and the people who are rebelling against a short sighted concept of progress.And the stories of his farm, his trees, animals, the people, of Salt Spring Island itself not so far from where I live are all woven in Not only is Brett informative, he s entertaining and unflinching farm life is not pretty, there is death, gore, and tragedy but there is variety and interest and, above all, a sense of involvement, and connection with the natural world and it s rhythms, and an arena for the individual to act according to conscience and not according to social s This book gives plenty of food for thought Lots of trauma but many funny, funny stories in Trauma Farm It s a real insight into a life immersed in the natural world of a small farm Those of us who live in cities should be paying attention to voices like Brian Brett s. Astonishingly beautiful, filled with heartbreak and happiness, poetry and terrible truth. I had various emotions while reading this book about farming in a small island community in Canada Frustration over how all the government regulations make it impossible for the small farmer to compete and favor the corporate farmer that raises livestock in cramped factory farms where the animals never see the light of day Horror at how the animals are treated in the factory farms even though I live in farm country too and pretty much knew it already, I am one of those in the book that dont wa I had various emotions while reading this book about farming in a small island community in Canada Frustration over how all the government regulations make it impossible for the small farmer to compete and favor the corporate farmer that raises livestock in cramped factory farms where the animals never see the light of day Horror at how the animals are treated in the factory farms even though I live in farm country too and pretty much knew it already, I am one of those in the book that dont want to know what my meat looked like before it came to the store Happiness for his own animals and pets and how wonderfully they were treated by him and how quite a few of them were almost like family Sadness when those animals had to depart from this world And a lot of sadness and frustration when a lot of this book tells how humans are basically destroying the earth with their methods of farming and factories This guy is truly a steward of the land and that is something that is rapidly becoming one of the endangered species that he talks so much about in the book 4 1 2 but closer to a 5 than a 4 so I m rounding it up.This book first caught my eye when I spotted it over at Under My Apple Tree I love these true life farm stories It takes me back to those days when I wanted to live in the land of The Little House On the Prairie instead of the sometimes scary city where I grew up As expected, I enjoyed this audiobook from the very beginning It s a little bit quirky and the author, who is also a poet, has a wondrous talent for description He was born 4 1 2 but closer to a 5 than a 4 so I m rounding it up.This book first caught my eye when I spotted it over at Under My Apple Tree I love these true life farm stories It takes me back to those days when I wanted to live in the land of The Little House On the Prairie instead of the sometimes scary city where I grew up As expected, I enjoyed this audiobook from the very beginning It s a little bit quirky and the author, who is also a poet, has a wondrous talent for description He was born with a condition he calls middlesex perhaps slang taken from this book that I never finished He was told he wouldn t live to be forty but he proved them wrong because he s well past that now He needed hormone therapy and as a child clothing bothered his skin At least this is what he uses as an excuse when he tells tales of himself wandering his property in only his nudie pants I believe his childhood and health condition are the reason why even on his bad days he seems to embrace life and enjoy every moment He is mindful of his surroundings and listening to him might make you long for a life lived closer to the soil His love for his 10 acre farm and everyone near him really comes through in his memoir and before I knew it, I realized was nearly finished the 11 hour audio and could ve easily have listened to 11 hoursEach of us holds within us the homeland of our dreams and this is mine Though the author calls his farm Trauma Farm it sof an inside joke I m not going to lie, this book is filled with vignettes that might you wince or get teary but it s not gratuitous and there are plenty of lighter moments to balance out the harder realities of life on a small farm He recounts the 18 years he and his family have spent on his farm and tells his stories in no particular order I m glad I chose to listen to this on audio I m not sure it would ve worked quite as well for me in book form My favorite parts were the animal stories, of course, which were so vividly written and often funny as well as heartbreakingly tragic but that s how it goes when one shares their lives with pets and livestock He tells of a hen, who after hatching twenty chicks, decides she s tired of their endless demands and devises a devious plan to thin out her flock These beasts are farintelligent than we realize if we d only pay attentionAlong with the animal stories he paints a picture of community, of desperation and exhaustion and goes into justified rants about the mess that big agriculture and government regulations have made of the food system and the difficulties that small farms face to produce good, honest organic food It sounds like a difficult life but even through the endless days there is a sense of fulfillment that shines through his words.I d say if you re interested in animals, small scale farming and the horrors of big agri business and resulting madness of the current food system you ll find this very readable maybe you ll even love it but if you re not interested in that stuff you might find bits of it a little boring I have an undying fascination with these things and found it entertaining and informative and I loved the quirkiness and beautiful, poetic writing that brought it all to life.Narration Notes Michael Puttonen has a charming and inviting voice and I enjoyed listening to him narrate all 11 hours of this memoir He gets a serious tone when narrating the bleaker bits that fits the tone just right The FTC makes me declare that I received a copy of this audiobook from the Publisher via Audio Jukebox in exchange for a review