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    BORN TODAY. Montgomery Clift, the Archetype

    So many of the good ones are gone. Be the new good ones.

    Danny Frank Ocean

    570. Never buy a car at night.

    (via Mr. Rick Tucker)

    GAINING GROUND

    Thanks for all the great responses to our GAINING GROUND GIVEAWAY! We’ll be sending out a few signed copies of Forrest’s great book to some very lucky winners.  Rakdad provided the best, albeit unprintable, caption. Suffice to say it had something to do with cigs not stunting the growth of a part of the anatomy, represented by a certain domesticated fowl. 

    And if you are interested in a great summer read, consider heading over to  that big bookstore in the sky and purchase your own copy of Forrest Pritchard’s memoir Gaining Ground: A Story of Farmers Markets, Local Food, and Saving the Family Farm.  You can also follow Forrest on Twitter or on his blog at Smithmeadows.com

    GIVEAWAY! Re-post this pic or give it a caption for a chance to win a genuine signed first edition copy of GAINING GROUND by Forrest Pritchard, a honest to goodness gentleman farmer. It’s a great book about fathers, sons, and saving the family farm. And my favorite book of the summer. Well, second favorite. 

    GIVEAWAY! Re-post this pic or give it a caption for a chance to win a genuine signed first edition copy of GAINING GROUND by Forrest Pritchard, a honest to goodness gentleman farmer. It’s a great book about fathers, sons, and saving the family farm. And my favorite book of the summer. Well, second favorite

    Johnny Cash was a farmer. 

    Johnny Cash was a farmer. 

    FARMERS WANTED!

    When I was growing up in the burbs, my family grew exactly two things. Onion grass, which I was instructed to pull by hand on sweltering Saturday mornings and pile high into a rusty wheelbarrow, and mint, which grew in a huge bush beside the garage. And on warm summer nights, my dad would send me out to pick a few fresh mint leaves that he would promptly dunk into his gin and tonic(s).

    My gardening skills never progressed beyond a patio tomato plant on a New York rooftop. But I think famers are swell, and no food taste quite as good as food you grow yourself. 

    Does anyone have any good rules, tips, or advice about farming, gardening, or growing food? Send them my way, I’d love to share. We could all use a green thumb.