The Quarter-Acre Farm
How I Kept the Patio, Lost the Lawn, and Fed My Family for a Year
ISBN10: 1580053408 ISBN13: 9781580053402 Contributors: Pruet, Jesse (Illustrator) Publisher: Seal Pr Published: Mar 15 2011 Pages: 335 Weight: 1.20lbs. Height: 8.25" Width: 8.25" Depth: 1.00" Language: English
When Spring Warren told her husband and two teenage boys that she wanted to grow 75 percent of all the food they consumed for one year--and that she wanted to do it in their yard--they told her she was crazy.
She did it anyway.
The Quarter-Acre Farm is Warren's account of deciding--despite all resistance--to take control of her family's food choices, get her hands dirty, and create a garden in her suburban yard. It's a story of bugs, worms, rot, and failure; of learning, replanting, harvesting, and eating. The road is long and riddled with mistakes, but by the end of her yearlong experiment, Warren's sons and husband have become her biggest fans--in fact, they're even eager to help harvest (and eat) the beautiful bounty she brings in.
Full of tips and recipes to help anyone interested in growing and preparing at least a small part of their diet at home, The Quarter-Acre Farm is a warm, witty tale about family, food, and the incredible gratification that accompanies self-sufficiency.