The Dirty Life by Kristin Kimball (21 August)

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7/15

Prolog

  • working planted radishes
  • farm is large/cows/pigs/snow melting
  • use no tractors
  • no herbicides
  • provides food for the year (pay 2-3 thousand per year)
  • farming transforms you
  • deprived from the pleasure of denial

Part one

  • people like organic food
    • slaughter a pig…had never done that before
      • saw it shot
      • worked on carcus
  • Author lost life as a vegetarian
  • food was like one night stand  (author)
  • dirt +water +plant=food
  • farmers eat like princess
  • farmers are salt of the earth
  • farmers don’t have a TV
  • you need to get away from the market
  • give things away  back and forth/ everything is good with that/
  • Mark wanted to build a new house
  • filled backseat with butter and veggies
  • unpacking food from Mark and interacting with another dog owner.
  • wants sheets on a stringer
  • Marks farm made her feel very calm
  • lifestyle choices…healthiest person….honest work
  • She worked on the farm, and the food that was from Marks farm
  • She was holding a gun, Mark took it from her and killed a deer.
  • Healthy food tells you to eat and desire to eat
  • Mark did not fit in New York
  • talk of culture differences (11%) page 31  7/16
  • Mark asked the author to give up what she had developed
  • He sort of proposed to her, pin ball machine game
  • Looked with a farm with Mark
  • Her Mom liked food well packaged (not the chicken in a bag)
  • Mark made a magical thanksgiving dinner for the authors family
  • Does she need a long engagement?
  • Mark did not want to use electrics  (used candles)
  • even plumbing
  • create a chicken coop and a bee hive
  • even had a chicken slaughter
  • “The  magic circle”  good things are to come!
  • Mark was offered land  (from his magic circle) to lease.
  • From Essex  she learned about neighbors helping out neighbors
  • these two inspected the farm
    • they were both sort of  sad
    • then, he found good soil

Part 2

  • The farm got better in their imagination
  • building a farm from scratch
  • free everything for a year
  • Had $18,000 dollars between the two
  • CSA-community supported agriculture developed in the 1980s
  • by shares in the farm
  • cuts out middleman
  • he liked grains and flowers
  • it was a logistic nightmare
  • choose hand milking over a machine milking
  • needed to clean up, check out cash flow, pastures, and gardening
  • Mark did not like tractors…(thus draft horses)
  • They started shopping for a cow (different types)  (22% page 62)
  • interested in milk rich in fat and solids
  • This cow produced about 5 gallons per day
  • used a milking stool
  • took about a month to break into the process
  • Did not have filter or other necessary equipment needed
  • supersizing stuff for farming
  • farming might be  losing proposition
  • A dog (3) attacks a cow, even cut off their ears.   They ended up shooting the dogs.
  • Everyone know them and their farm, the towns.
  • Put in a wood stall in an office building
  • A carpenter (Thomas) had gout and was no supposed to be drinking
  • It’s OK to not talk at all
  • No one was interested in organic food
  • Talk about being needy…it’s all about satisfaction
  • Mark traveled from NJ to Seattle, and stayed with many farmers on the way, he also did work for them too.
  • Keep this simple and small, feed yourself and your neighbors  (29%  7/18)
  • There was much work to do inside…it was also very cold inside
  • They were working for work horses  for farming
  • breeders produce horses that will sell
  • marketing for mares to buy
  • even shot a calf behind the barn took place
  • Bought Belgium  geldings who are built to work
  • they were 18 hands tall!
  • Mark brought home ice fish (ice fishing) who created a nice fish dinner
  • The author became nervous about getting married  😦
  • The cow is the great converter.  Farmers need cows to survive!
  • Raw milk from a Jersey cow…it’s a great drink.  Now chemicals and pasteurization.   It’s warm and sweet.  It kills all bacteria
  • Milk from a cow is probably from a Holstein.
  • taste of milk is directly related to what the cow eat
  • TMR:  Total Mix Ration
  • Got wrapped up in marriage plans and farming chores
  • talked about walking back from the farm in a blizzard
  • The two developed tools they need for the horses to pull
  • They scouted old tools from neighbors who used their old tools as decoration
  • They found an Amish sell-out of a farm.  There was no rally good deals!  (36% 7/20)
  • 7/21
  • Delia was recovering from the dog fight.
  • They bought 5 piglets
  • They scrambled over the Honda they used for transportation
  • Pigs are great eaters
  • “I don’t want to tell you what to do”    BUT……
  • The  author lost control of the 5 pigs
  • the devil has the same cloving feet as a pig
  • what is brilliant?  hardware, or even a good ass-kicking!
  • Nima was a friend of the Author who came out to see her and Mark.
  • Talk about wedding plans?
    • chairs
    • bartender
    • caterer
    • wedding size
    • and Mark hated waste
  • They discussed having the wedding clean
  • Mark  did not leave a note on a departure to a high school play
  • had to much milk and they were getting more cows
  • added another stall
  • Delia’s ear was starting to stink
  • bought some beef cattle, at  a good price
  • The seeds for the farm came in a lightweight box (42%) p.119
  • was planning on building a green house
  • Long work with all the animals on the farm
  • cash flow was a one way stream
  • it doesn’t have to be beautiful it needs to be functional
  • Their whole farm was full of rats.  Rats even chewed through the phone line
  • they even got cats to stop the rates. (45%)   p. 124  Part 3
  • 7/22
  • Romance was put together with the other person, common goal of the two put gem
  • Thought of bathing was lost
  • Her new life was very personally dating.
  • Ended up butchering a cow that got gored
  • They needed a sled or a “jumper”  (50%) p. 142
  • 7/23
  • making a sugar maple…the history…the creation
  • creation of maple sap
  • evaporator needed to make syrup p. 144
  • The author became a morning person.
  • making a sweetness from a native source
  • Kristian ended up eating a pigeon p.148
  • a cow was in heat p. 151
  • moving herds is pastures p.153
  • Show no doubt or fear when moving cattle p. 153
  • turkey babies p. 153
  • can live with dirt
  • not eating their own  food
  • wanted  some social life  (seeing movies) entertainment
  • the farm can get to you p.155
  • rule:  cook 1 meal from the farm
  • Last thrill to leave her was shopping!
  • Had nothing to fall  back on
  • Kristian was in love with the work p. 157
  • Then farming is a form of expression p.159
  • Mark did not want to get overworked. p. 159
  • shifting to marketing
  • could they offer consistency?
  • drug dealing marketing  p. 162  (58%)
  • 7/24
  • recruiting people to work the farm
  • had direction with people who were members
  • members were happy even though the process wasn’t legal
  • local news of farming  p. 166
  • the veggies started to come (in spring)
  • first year of farming, there was much generosity  p. 169
  • you need to plow before you plant seed p. 169
  • discussion  about right/left direction while plowing
  • focus was on the land, not returning phone calls  p. 175
  • grew no nonsense crops  p. 176
  • Delia was going to give a calf P. 177
  • extra testosterones is rough on a farm   p. 179
  • the afterbirth or cleaning came out after birth (about 15lbs)  65% p. 181
  • 7/26
  • Admiring clean “new” calf
  • June was the month when the most work on the farm
  • dairy cows can get milk fever P. 183
  • Being a farmer, you are  actually married to the farm p.186
  • mark was still courting Kristina
  • Eating nettles and lab quarters p. 188
  • gave recipe for Scrapple p. 188
  • Cut potatoes 10 inches apart p.  190
  • planting potatoes in the dark

Part 4 Summer

  • The hot day and flies came
  • chicken fap their way to death
  • thickness of skin or density of skull represents how they fall in slaughter
  • Kristina wanted to be composted when she dies
  • At first they would eat ANYTHING,  like liver, hearts, brains, or testicles. p.  197
  • Even writes about the color p. 198
  • Talk about every piece of pig p. 199 (71%   p. 200)
  • pickup from the farm was on Friday p.200
  • She wanted to assassinate weeds  P. 200
  • organic cost more because of weeds p. 200
  • best was a two horse cultivator for weed removal p.202
  • she got to know her weed enemies.
  • vine weed  is super evil.   needed to be cleared by hand.
  • needed 5,000 bails of hay for a year P. 204
  • made lists while inspecting germination p. 207
  • healing a horse’s huff
  • “you could hear the plants grow” p. 208
  • do you reap what you sow?? p. 211
  • frost would kill the weeds in August
  • Mark did not like the flow of food from the dirt to the table
  • What is your ethic?? p. 215
  • world responds to generosity
  • talk about castration of a young bull
  • people might be expecting glory at the wedding for the bride having an ivy league education
  • p. 220 (78%)
  • house problems in prep of wedding
  • did not keep house in shape during the first year p. 221
  • they did not mow their own yard.  The only on  is Essex.
  • This was a black mark towards the neighbors
  • grass is for grazing…the beef herd mowed the yard. p. 223
  • neighbors nodded in approval of the yard.
  • demo derby at the county fair p. 229

Part 5

  • Picking time was in September (pulling carrots and beets)
  • compost spreader.   P. 234
  • fear of a horse, running away from fear.  p. 236 (83%)
  • 7/29  horse was running to the road, pulling the spreader, then parallel to the road
  • mark using bike to chase horses
  • worried about the horses, but then they were caught by Mark, and slowed down, and Mark stayed ahead of horses.   They were save for the terrain of going into town.
  • Freezing tomatoes, canning, fermenting vegetables in crocks
  • harvest day came and was hoping people would come to the sale p. 240
  • after pulling out potatoes, about 30 people had come to harvest
  • Worried about squash before freezing
  • Talk of changing their names after marriage
  • No advanced planning for the wedding. 244
  • Then all guest came p. 245
  • Made rehearsal p. 247
  • dinner with their own food p. 247
  • the event show THE ACT OF LOVING KINDNESS
  • MARRIED IN THE BARN
  • Mark showed the farms to the guests p. 250
  • Then  Kristina was going to Hawaii for a gig p.252
  • She missed the dirt and the work.  p. 254
  • ilogueShe then helped another CSA farmer in Hawaii p. 255
  • This Hawaiian garden was weeded by hand. p. 255
  • Rules of harvesting learned from Mark….it was Faasst!!!
  • She was running from her own imperfect self.

Epilouge

  • [91%] P.260
  • looking for harmony not conflict p. 260
  • Every year the membership increases along with worker
  • Customers were about  100
  • gave birth in own barn
  • Death of the horse (silver)
  • 1st Christmas Kristin got a puppy
  • not as perfect as you want
  • Kristin loved the farm.
  • worked on a new bull that was born next to an electric fence
  • Kristin has rest for tired bones, cook things and eat with other people..
  • Kristin stared look at birds p. 270
  • farming is like the other side of life p. 272
  • potatoes leek soup recipe p. 276

Overall Review:

Two Smiley Faces out or five

It was a good read,  though it didn’t make me really happy (as of our clubs mission).  Reason, it was a good story of a Harvard Educated person, where love and adventure led her to pursue a farming career.   That was enjoyable reading, I’m sure others in the club took a likening to the text, but I was hoping to read some “facts” or processes that I could use that would help me and others in gardening.  I know the club has read books that appealed to me/but not to others.  So yes, it was a good read (notice notes above), but maybe a little lacking on process.  Though the book was concluded with some vegetable recipes..

Other buds;

#1.   This months memoir was interesting and well-written, but it really had nothing to do with gardening, plants, or nature.  When I read an M-Buds book, I prefer to learn something about one of these topics either from the book itself or the discussion it sparks.  This one falls short.

#2.   Scan_20180821 (2)

#3.  First met and he ordered broccoli, and she still like hum

  • slaughtered a pig
  • she’s a vegetarian
  • took a couple of day for her to interview him
  • he is quite bossy
  • willing to gamble on what he believes in
  • using horses for plows and weeding by hand
  • they both worked toward the same goal of a organic diet so complete they would not have to go to a grocery store

I give it  5 smiley faces….truly enjoyable!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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