Atina Diffley, author of Turn Here, Sweet Corn

Event date: 
Monday, October 29, 2012 - 6:30pm

A Room of One's Own supports a strong community of folks actively involved in local organic farming practices. We welcome the opportunity to host a reading and discussion by Atina Diffley, whose book Turn Here Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works is not your typical family farm “lost way of life” memoir. Instead it tells the dramatic success story of a sophisticated organic family farm from the voice of a female farmer, whose connection to the land is born deeply of knowing it, working it, living and suffering by it. In telling her story of working the land, coaxing good food from the fertile soil, Atina Diffley reminds us of an ultimate truth: we live in relationships—with the earth, plants and animals, families and communities.

A memoir of making these essential relationships work in the face of challenges as natural as weather and as unnatural as corporate politics, her book is a firsthand history of getting in at the “ground level” of organic farming. One of the first certified organic produce farms in the Midwest, the Diffleys’ Gardens of Eagan helped to usher in a new kind of green revolution in the heart of America’s farmland, supplying their roadside stand and a growing number of local food co-ops. This is a story of a world transformed—and reclaimed—one square acre at a time.

To find out more about the author and her work (including some stunning photographs), check out!

Event address: 
315 W. Gorham St.
53703-2218 Madison
Turn Here Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780816677719
Availability: Special Order
Published: University of Minnesota Press - April 4th, 2012