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I felt this book was informative and inspiring As someone who is moving towards buying small acreage, who is not a vegitarian, and who is not a stickler about being organic, I appreciated this book a lot A few things if you are thinking of reading this book:This book is organized by subject matter, not chronologically I actually preferred that format If I want to reference back to a section in the book, it will be easy to do The author is open and honest about the choices he has made and why He is honest about his faults and I appreciated his honesty Some readers may not like his admissions.If you want to be a fully organic farmer, this is not a book about how to do that The author explains why he is not fully organic and I was glad about his realisit approach It seems like he does the best he can do and some people won't find that is good enough If you are a vegitarian, there are large sections in this book about raising and slaughtering animals for meat I found those portions very informative and useful Vegitarians may be disgusted, but I became very hungryThis is not a book for leisure reading, really It isn't written for poetry, rather for content I borrowed this book from the library and found it so informative and potentially useful, that I ended up buying a copy I would love to go to Seattle and visit Mr Timmermeister's farm! While Timmermeister's successful organic farm is admirable, the writing was purely objective and became dry due to no revelations of how his efforts impacted his personal life A life consisting of only farming equates to dry soil. @DOWNLOAD EPUB à Growing a Farmer ⛄ A bonafide city dweller, Kurt Timmermeister never intended to run his own dairy farm When he purchased four acres of land on Vashon Island, he was looking for an affordable home a ferry ride away from the restaurants he ran in Seattle But as he continued to serve his customers frozen chicken breasts and packaged pork, he became aware of the connection between what he ate and where it came from: a hive of bees provided honey; a young cow could give fresh milk; an apple orchard allowed him to make vinegar Told in Timmermeister's plainspoken voice, Growing a Farmer details with honesty the initial stumbles and subsequent realities he had to face in his quest to establish a profitable farm for himself Personal yet practical, Growing a Farmer includes the specifics of making cheese, raising cows, and slaughtering pigs, and it will recast entirely the way we think about our relationship to the food we consume I wanted to like this book I am passionate about the subject matter and run a small farm myself He lost me when he so casually talked about letting his beehive die off in the winter A new box is only $75 he said, I consider my beehives part of my livestock and would NEVER willingly let one die over winter It seems he robs them of honey and then just lets them starve, how nice! The book as others have mentioned is random and chaotic A good linear book about farming and living off the land is called The Dirty Life: on farming, food and love by Kristin Kimball The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food, and Love what he did was interesting: starting a farm from scratch here in the Pacific Northwest His writing is good His social commentary, infusion of liberal politics (whether genuine or playing to the target demographic) and cognitive dissonance were annoying and difficult to rectify.An example of the cognitive dissonance: taking multiple pages to justify beekeeping (as if such justification is required) such that we can take their honey as we provide for their well being only to say in the next paragraph that he lets the bees die out each fall because they are cheap and easy to replace.His commentary and politics would be welcome if they weren't so absolutist Spending pages decrying meat that comes in plastic or Styrofoam containers; serving dishes in his restaurant he refused to eat; calling preservatives poisons, the commentary drags on while he buys commercial feed for his animals and shops in bees and chickens from all corners of the US It becameandridiculous to read as the book went on. I had very mixed feelings about this book I enjoyed Timmermeister's writing style it had a very lulling, soothing tone to it But it did tend to put me to sleep So that might not be high praise.I found many of his stories of his farm to be absolutely fascinating, but so often he would come to the wrong conclusions from these experiences For example, he talks at length about how he couldn't live in Eastern Washington, because the people there are hicks and would never accept him (Soundslike he can't accept them, but whatever.) But then he also goes on at length about how he would like there to be less government control and bureaucracy in our food system, and I wanted to yell, That's exactly what all those hicks you don't like think!!!! Same thing again when he's so dismayed about needing a gun, and then actually really loves his gun and finds it to be a beautiful tool Why do you think other people own guns? Why do you think you are so different or better than these other people?And the bit when he felt that most beekeepers were simply stealing their bees' honey, but then confesses that his bees die every year and he has no idea why was enough to make me want to beat my head against a wall.But despite those parts, there were a LOT of other parts to the book which I thoroughly enjoyed I liked his honesty about the butchering process and how they aren't always pleasant and sometimes things go wrong and the food doesn't turn out, but when they go right and you end up with amazing fresh bacon, then you've really created something special I, too, love the idea of having cows to milk every morning and how that gives your life a certain amount of simplicity and meaning How work matters.So there's a lot to like, if you can just get over those little annoying parts. Not too bad of a read, being interested in small scale farming/self sustainability, but, the author contradicts himself in many places, is redundant, and the publishers missed a bunch of typos All in all, an okay book, but nothing to write home about. Timmermeister's writing is pure and honest and he isn't apologetic for having opinions or positions that might not be popular with everyone Walking sidebyside with him while he converts from a citybased restaurateur to a farmer is a fascinating journey He has no idea what he is doing, and you wouldn't either; I certainly don't know how I would do that But he is seduced by the romantic notion of being the proprietor of a 12 acre farm on Vashon Island, just as I would be, and we get the joy of watching him grow into being a farmer His naivete on page 1 is supplanted by a confident, perhaps even calloused, voice on page 307, and all along the way his experience is our experience, so we understand this arc He is very honest in his writing, I think that is what I appreciate most I am also filled with visions of the farm and his daytoday life by the simple eloquence of his passages He paints the farm with words. I love the subject matter but I don't love how Timmermeister wrote it down I keep expecting editors to come in and help some of these authors a littleKurt Timmermeister is a restaurant owner and chef who buys some land on Vashon Island and slowing becomesof a farmer until he quits the restaurant business entirely It's so interesting to think about raising your own food, honeybees, chickens, goats, orchards, vegetable gardens, herbs, etc Living off the land is appealing in some ways (Also, super horrible in other ways I know I have chickens and a time sucking garden) I just wish the book had approached things in a natural progression, instead, it goes by subject matter and constantly skips around We're talking about buying the land, suddenly it's been five years, then we zip back ten years when he started in the restaurant business, then rapidly speed into living on Vashon for twelve years After I while I felt like Dr Who in a time machine run amok But it does make you want to visit a farmer's market and buy something organic that someone else grew so you can feel a little environmentally righteous. This isof a how not to than a how to The author apparently manages his entire farming career by making impulse decisions without enough research, and then throwing money at the problem until it orless goes away He orders 130 apple trees for his wouldbe cider orchard; deer eat most of them because he didn't bother to take any measures to deter them He orders a bunch ! Deer eat most of the new ones, too Eventually a few of the overlooked ones get big enough to no longer look like deer snacks The cidermaking plan is forgotten, but he's going to do other things with the apples.Or the bees dear god, the bees He talks about wanting to feel like a beekeeper rather than a honey thief, but then he admits that his bees always die off in the winter: Experienced beekeepers are able to keep bees alive yearround, but mine die off when it gets cold Since I enjoy ordering my four boxes of bees at the start of each season, and at $75 per box it's not prohibitively expensive, I've never investigated what causes my bees to perish around the first frost Cold is the most likely explanation, along with the especially damp northwestern coastal air It could even be varoa mites that invade the hive and slowly kill the bees—I really have no idea.This kind of utter disregard for the wellbeing of his livestock, or for the cost of continuing to buy and inputof what should be a selfsustaining resource, make it really hard to take him seriously I couldn't bring myself to continue far enough to see what kind of stupid risks and pointless harm his cows and chickens go through.