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I live my life in phases apparently. This one is the "Wish I could be a farmer" phase. The author, Spring Warren, takes us through her delightfully funny (but serious) experiments as she spent a year replacing her lawn so she could grow as much as possible of the food her family consumed. Her family for the most part kept a good disposition about all of it. Some of the best parts of the book included the author's description of some of the reactions her family, friends, and neighbors had to her ideas.

I got a few ideas that will pay for the book and my time reading it. There were times when I dropped the book and ran out to the garden to mulch after reading a chapter about mulches, cooled down certain plants in the garden more than I normally would after reading another section, and just generally enjoyed seeing someone else make themselves happy doing things most people have the good sense not to bother to do. Then again, I, just like the author, am enjoying home-grown, organic vegetables. I'm deleriously happy about that.

This is a fun book. It's also inspirational and educational for those of us who want to grow more of what we eat. I recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 15, 2012
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Great book, not only is it a great story but it also includes gardening tips and strategies along with recipes, Yumm! Definately worth it on your bookshelf.
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on February 18, 2013
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First off, I loved the challenge/title of this book. My first house had 1/4 acre property and I pictured how I would have created a farm if I still lived there. I'm sorry I didn't have this book back then. I admired how fearless the author was in her challenge and I loved how no matter how she failed at something...she researched until she figured out why something went awry or asked someone with more experience. Now that I have 1.5 acreas to play with...I am taking some of the ideas in this book and applying it to this year's veggie garden. I gave the book 4 stars because some of the recipes didn't seem appetizing and I'm not talking about the snails. It's an enjoyable glimpse into a person's journey to make the most of a small plot of land. Even if you are a seasoned farmer/gardener who has seen it all...this book is still a fun read.
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on September 21, 2014
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Why does amazon require a word minimums? It's dumb. Unlike this book. This book is not dumb.

I want to post a rating, which I have done, but Amazon requires that I substantiate that rating. . Read the dang book. It's good. 5 stars. Why so needy Amazon? I imagine this artificially limits the number of ratings books receive, or worse, encourages ratings that are exactly the word limit and don't have much to do with the book.

See? This review was about the rating system, rather than the book, which was quite good, actually. . This would have been more effective if I had been able to simply leave a rating, rather than having to give a book review as well.
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on March 31, 2015
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This is the story of one woman who decides to rip up her lawn and grow her own food even though she's the only member of the family who wants to do this. As a gardener I laughed at the over abundance of zucchini she got tired of. The book didn't grab me from the start, I'm not sure why because the writing and flow was good. It was one of those books you keep going back to yet it's easy to put down and come back to later.

I'm glad I read this and would recommend this to anyone who wants to start a garden or loves gardening. You get to follow along through the ups and downs and in the end find out what her family thought of her experiment.
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on August 4, 2013
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I really enjoyed this book. I bought it at the beginning of the summer for my summer reading. I really enjoyed the chapter on Zuccinni. I am going to have to try some of Springs ideas, definitly the ones on freezing zuccinni. I have a large garden myself and really enjoy friends who enjoy my garden. It also inspired me to "grow more for my family" I have a tendancy to grow "strange and wonderous" vegetables that no one has ever heard of and dont eat! Good read. Plan on reading it again when my kids go back to school. maybe I wont be interupted so much!
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on September 6, 2012
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I LOVED this book, I cannot tell you how much! I love her voice and charm as she relates her experiences, good and bad as she creates a "farm". You get to experience leaving commercialized, processed food cold turkey and enjoying the fruits (and snails ha ha) of your labors. Of course, reading the book you get to do this without leaving the sofa. This is a great book for anyone, even if you own 80 acres. I own 8 and I will be implementing a lot of her principles in my garden space. A must read for anyone wanting to hop on the sustainability wagon.
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on August 17, 2014
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I enjoy the book and it has some great ideas. I am almost sold on raised beds just not quite there yet. This book explains how one can take a small plot of land and make it into something amazing. Most foods can be grown right in our backyards. I know we have been gardening since we bought the house and we just started raising chickens. Yes we have a quarter acre and live in the city. We are having a blast and piece of mind knowing where our food comes from. If you are looking for some neat ideas go ahead and read.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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The Quarter-Acre Farm is a serious book with a sense of humor. The author shares her struggles to feed herself, and to some degree her family, sustainably from what she can grow around her own yard. The results, with recipes, are funny and interesting, and I actually learned a lot. This particular memoir will be a hard act to follow because I really did have a hard time putting it down, and I think it might actually be one of those rare books that deserves a second read. Well done.
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on August 2, 2014
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Packed full of useful gardening info and recipes as well as humorous and helpful stories of gardening blunders and blessings. I have both enjoyed it and found it helpful. (Learning from another's experience saves the trouble of learning the hard way.)
This book is well written and will not wasteyour time. It will make you want to get out and garden!
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