Thursday, August 3, 2023

Books from the Backlog - Good Husbandry

Today I'm linking up with Carole from Carole's Random Life of Books for Books from the Backlog.  I really enjoy the chance to feature a book that's been hiding in the piles of books for far too long!

Blurb:  The Dirty Life chronicled Kimball’s move from New York City to 500 acres near Lake Champlain where she started a new farm with her partner, Mark. In Good Husbandry, she reveals what happened over the next five years at Essex Farm.
Farming has many ups and downs, and the middle years were hard for the Kimballs. Mark got injured, the weather turned against them, and the farm faced financial pressures. Meanwhile, they had two small children to care for. How does one traverse the terrain of a maturing marriage and the transition from being a couple to being a family? How will the farm survive? What does a family need in order to be happy?

Kristin had chosen Mark and farm life after having a good look around the world, with a fair understanding of what her choices meant. She knew she had traded the possibility of a steady paycheck, of wide open weekends and spontaneous vacations, for a life and work that was challenging but beautiful and fulfilling. So with grit and grace and a good sense of humor, she chose to dig in deeper.

Featuring some of the same local characters and cherished animals first introduced in The Dirty Life, (Jet the farm dog, Delia the dairy cow, and those hardworking draft horses), plus a colorful cast of aspiring first-generation farmers who work at Essex Farm to acquire the skills they need to start sustainable farms of their own, Good Husbandry is about animals and plants, farmers and food, friends and neighbors, love and marriage, births and deaths, growth and abundance.

Why It Needs to Come Off the Shelf:  I have no interest in living off the land or really doing much involving livestock or farms but I'm fascinated by the whole concept and this looks fascinating!


  1. I think this would interest me but is it fiction or non-fiction? I'd like to read some non-fiction on this topic.

    Anne - Books of My Heart

  2. Like you, I have no interest in living off the land. I need AC and high-speed internet...however, like you, I wouldn't mind reading about it!

  3. This sounds wonderful! I'm adding it to Goodreads. ☺

  4. I like the idea of living off the land but I don't think that I would enjoy the reality of it.