So the social assumption that farmers are dummies is no good for me. I think farmers, especially good ones, are rock stars! I mean what's not awesome about a man (or gal) who gets up before dawn to tend to the land, plants and animals that will feed us?! Nothing.
I had the GREAT honor of reading an early copy of Forrest Pritchard's new book, "Gaining Ground" and I was completely caught off guard.... in the best way! As a mama of three I don't get tons of time for reading so I mostly steal away little bits here and there. I couldn't wait to get back to it. I laughed (out loud) so often and obnoxiously that hubs asked me (more than once) what in the world I was reading. Oh and I even cried once. This amazing story of a man who believes enough in his family's farm to go against the norm and fight through (hilarious, after the fact) circumstances would be enjoyed by anyone. I'm certain of it. Whether you are a farmer (or farmer at heart), a big city kid or a suburbanite, I promise you'll fall in love with this family through these stories.
On more than one occasion I had to remind myself that these people don't know me. I'm not part of their family and it would be wildly inappropriate for me to show up at their farm to give them all big ole hugs. That's how I felt when it was over. As though, I had experienced the struggles with them and could cheer in my loudest voice for their success!
Want to know what's super cool?! I have a copy to giveaway to one lucky reader! Here's how you enter to win....
Leave a comment below with your favorite farm memory or dream (even if you don't have your own, a movie moment will do). Get a second chance to win by "liking" the Smith Meadows page on facebook. Be sure to come back here and leave a comment that you did or I won't know to check.
I'll use a random number generator to pick a winner on Saturday morning. Good luck!
I've been lucky enough to visit Smith Meadows, it's an incredibly beautiful place, I can't imagine if this rock star farmer had given up (any of the numerous times that he could have) and such beauty had been lost. Find a farmer, I know you can, and give them a big ole hug!
Congratulations Corinne!! You won our giveaway!! You'll be getting your book soon! Thanks for all who participated.