Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
Field Days: A Year of Farming, Eating, and Drinking Wine in California Hardcover – May 25, 2009
See the Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
More About the AuthorsDiscover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.
Top Customer Reviews
In his words, Raskin paints the real life portraits of the the unique folks who have a passion for real farming and portrays the great bounty of the legendary Sonoma region of California, known the world over for its food, wine and uniquely attractive vibe that draws people from across the globe to visit and find out what all the fuss is about.
To read Field Days is to journey with Raskin throughout a year in the Sonoma region, deep into its richness and plenty, and to come away from the trip fulfilled. Raskin works the fields, tastes the fruits of his efforts and, along the way, gains great insights into himself and the place he calls home.
Field Days is a satisfying feast; another triumph such as one has come to expect from Raskin.
and Henry David Thoreau's adventures at Walden Pond in Massachusetts,
Jonah Raskin's odyssey at Oak Hill Farm in Sonoma, becomes the basis
for individual change and transformation to the surrounding culture.
The descriptions of Raskin working in Oak Hill Farms magnificent organic
fields, bring the reader to the soil itself and into the hearts, minds
and dreams of the people who own, work, and live at Oak Hill, as well
as the people who flock to buy its fresh organic produce and flowers.
Field Days, takes the reader into the heart of the movement of organic
farming that flourishes in Sonoma County and around the USA.
It takes us through the toil and triumphs of the small farm,
clinging to life within a
world of totalitarian mono-crop farms that wait outside the small
farmer's gate, like those world dominators in Aldous Huxley's Island,
ready to take over at any slightest opportunity or crop failure.
In Field Days, the author writes with a farmer's guile and care.
He leads us down rows of corn, beans, and flowers, and we share
the discoveries in their planting, cultivation and harvest.
He sets us on the side
of the road to watch the crops loading onto the farm truck and
their slow drive to the barn where they are washed and readied
for market. The author also takes us deeper into the discussion
about the importance of multi-crop organic farms verses mono-crop
conglomerates. He shows the sustainability of the small farm that
does not strain the land, the soil, and the farm itself.
Jonah Raskin's book shows us the magic an organic farm like Oak Hill
produces in a community.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I usually don't finish reading books that I throw across the room in disgust while reading, but I made an exception this time because Oak Hill Farm is great. Read morePublished on June 28, 2013 by Loud Latin
Jonah did a wonderful job of telling of the hard work and love that goes into running a small farm, as well as the love of the land that the people here have.Published on November 9, 2009 by Kelly S. Davis