Gaining Ground

Gaining Ground

A Story of Farmers' Markets, Local Food, and Saving the Family Farm

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Chronicles the author's efforts to rescue his family's seventh-generation farm from insolvency by turning it into a sustainable, grass-fed, organic operation while also dealing with his father's declining health.

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With humor and pathos, Forrest Pritchard recounts his ambitious and often hilarious endeavors to save his family’s seventh-generation farm in the Shenandoah Valley. Through many a trial and error, he not only saves Smith Meadows from insolvency but turns it into a leading light in the sustainable, grass-fed, organic farm-to-market community.
There is nothing young Farmer Pritchard won’t try. Whether he’s selling firewood and straw, raising free-range chickens and hogs, or acquiring a flock of Barbados Blackbelly sheep, his learning curve is steep and always entertaining. Pritchard’s world crackles with colorful local characters—farm hands, butchers, market managers, customers, fellow vendors, pet goats, policemen—bringing the story to warm, communal life. His most important ally, however, is his renegade father, who initially questions his son's career choice and eschews organic foods for the generic kinds that wreak havoc on his health. Soon after his father’s death, the farm becomes a recognized success and Pritchard must make a vital decision: to continue serving the local community or answer the exploding demand for his wares with lucrative Internet sales and shipping deals.
More than a charming story of honest food cultivation and farmers’ markets, Gaining Ground tugs on the heartstrings, reconnecting us to the land and the many lives that feed us.

One fateful day in 1996, upon discovering that five freight cars’ worth of glittering corn have reaped a tiny profit of $18.16, young Forrest Pritchard undertakes to save his family’s farm. What ensues—through hilarious encounters with all manner of livestock and colorful local characters—is a crash course in sustainable agriculture. Pritchard’s biggest ally is his renegade father, who initially questions his career choice and eschews organic foods for sugary mainstream fare; but just when the farm starts to turn heads at local markets, his father’s health takes a turn for the worse.With poetry and humor, this timely memoir tugs on the heartstrings and feeds the soul long after the last page is turned.



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With humor and pathos, Forrest Pritchard recounts his ambitious and often hilarious endeavors to save his family’s seventh-generation farm in the Shenandoah Valley. Through many a trial and error, he not only saves Smith Meadows from insolvency but turns it into a leading light in the sustainable, grass-fed, organic farm-to-market community.
There is nothing young Farmer Pritchard won’t try. Whether he’s selling firewood and straw, raising free-range chickens and hogs, or acquiring a flock of Barbados Blackbelly sheep, his learning curve is steep and always entertaining. Pritchard’s world crackles with colorful local characters—farm hands, butchers, market managers, customers, fellow vendors, pet goats, policemen—bringing the story to warm, communal life. His most important ally, however, is his renegade father, who initially questions his son's career choice and eschews organic foods for the generic kinds that wreak havoc on his health. Soon after his father’s death, the farm becomes a recognized success and Pritchard must make a vital decision: to continue serving the local community or answer the exploding demand for his wares with lucrative Internet sales and shipping deals.
More than a charming story of honest food cultivation and farmers’ markets, Gaining Ground tugs on the heartstrings, reconnecting us to the land and the many lives that feed us.

One fateful day in 1996, upon discovering that five freight cars’ worth of glittering corn have reaped a tiny profit of $18.16, young Forrest Pritchard undertakes to save his family’s farm. What ensues—through hilarious encounters with all manner of livestock and colorful local characters—is a crash course in sustainable agriculture. Pritchard’s biggest ally is his renegade father, who initially questions his career choice and eschews organic foods for sugary mainstream fare; but just when the farm starts to turn heads at local markets, his father’s health takes a turn for the worse.With poetry and humor, this timely memoir tugs on the heartstrings and feeds the soul long after the last page is turned.



Publisher: ©2013
Guilford, Connecticut : Lyons Press, an imprint of Globe Pequot Press, [2013]
ISBN: 9780762787258
0762787252
Branch Call Number: B PRITCHARD 2013
Characteristics: xvi, 320 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm

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Yuletide
Apr 10, 2015

Excellent book that gives us all hope. Also some new ideas! Very well written with the details you need to think about for your own projects without loosing the romance.

m2 Jul 09, 2014

Forrest Pritchard had created a nicely written, heartfelt introduction to the beginnings of his life in sustainable livestock farming and DC farmer's market selling. His story is very good news in the continuing story of the horrors of factory farming. As a vegan, I can wish he'd gone into vegetable farming, but it is still wonderful to know that organic and sustainable practices are GAINING GROUND.

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heartsease_23
Apr 29, 2014

i just finished this wonderful, wonderful book called Gaining Ground by Forrest Pritchard. It is beautifully written with humour, pensiveness and plenty of insight. It was heartwarming to read a success story about grass-fed farming, especially since i get such constant doses of negativity on Facebook about the horrors of Monsanto and agri-business.

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CatherineLibrarian
Sep 24, 2013

This is a great story about the author, Forrest Pritchard's efforts to revive his family farm by selling firewood, baling straw, selling chickens cubicle to cubicle, and finally delving into grass fed beef. Pritchard's voice and passion for his farm comes through the pages. He talks about waking each morning to a job he actually loves and still being able to pay the bills on time. It is a story of building family, saving tradition, and gaining ground.

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