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"Turn Here Sweet Corn is an unexpected page-turner. Atina Diffley’s compelling account of her life as a Minnesota organic farmer is deeply moving not only from a personal standpoint but also from the political. Diffley reveals the evident difficulties of small-scale organic farming but is inspirational about its value to people and the planet." —Marion Nestle, author of What to Eat
"This book is wonderful on so many levels: the swift moving and dramatic story of Atina and Martin Diffley, the farmers of Gardens of Eagan, as they confront wild weather, development pressure, and pipelines. The transformation of Tina into Atina, from confused teenager to strong, passionate, and committed leader in organic agriculture. A powerful argument for organic farming and a must read for anyone thinking of farming—a vivid and realistic picture of the beauties, satisfactions, and stresses of farming as a way of life. And finally, a vision of hope for the future: blending intuitive faith in our oneness with Nature, the most advanced biological science, and the power of community." —Elizabeth Henderson, author of Sharing The Harvest: A Citizen's Guide to Community Supported Agriculture
"What strikes me most about this amazing memoir is that for those of us who aren’t farmers but who are versant in such issues as organics, soil building, diversity, GMOs, certification and more—it is utterly different to hear how the farmer herself grapples with them in her daily life. Unlike reading about the same issues in an article, it’s immediate, powerful, tender, heartbreaking and above all, encouraging." —Deborah Madison, author of Local Flavors, Cooking and Eating from America’s Farmers Markets
"By offering a look inside her own experience, and often her own heart, Diffley creates a multi-faceted, powerful, and compelling memoir about trying to live organically." —ForeWord Review
"An education on organic farming and its importance, as well as a heartfelt love letter to the land." —Kirkus Reviews
"Like her own farm, this book offers an abundant crop: practical-minded readers will appreciate the how-to’s of soil building and crop rotation as well as information on the rigors of meeting FDA organic standards. Those seeking inspiration will enjoy the story of a single mother’s dogged effort to follow her bliss. All readers will enjoy the organic ethic beautifully demonstrated in the author’s close observation of and deep deference to nature. . . . a satisfying, instructive book." —Library Journal
"Diffley fluently conveys the mind-boggling demands of organic farming in intimately personal and intricately factual ways. From the microbial soil that nourishes crops and the native grasses that lure pollinating bees to the ancient trees that shelter scavenger owls and the dedicated people who stay attuned to the delicate symbiotic relationships among them all, the thriving ecosystem of a family farm nurtures a world far beyond its borders." —Booklist
Atina Diffley is an organic farmer, author, public speaker and consultant. From 1973 to 2008, Atina and her husband Martin owned and operated Gardens of Eagan, one of the first certified organic produce farms in the Midwest. The award-winning video documentary Turn Here Sweet Corn, filmed when the 5th generation Diffley family farm was lost to development, focuses on the loss of greenbelt farmlands to suburbia. In 2006, when the Diffley’s second farm was threatened with eminent domain by a Koch Industries crude oil pipeline, Atina worked with consumers and government to create the Minnesota Organic Mitigation Plan. Atina can be reached at www.atinadiffley.com
Atina Diffley's book is about organic farming, yes, but it's also about how one small organic farming family beat off a bevy of lawyers and a huge corporation in a... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jenna Z.
Loved this book and I learned so much about organic farming! An excellent book to read!Published 3 months ago by Booklover Deb
happy to have met Atina and heard her speak!! HAPPIEST that she beat the Koch brothers!!!Published 5 months ago by Murtice Sherek
the star says it all. I agree with the farming part totally, but got tired of the personal story. tedious reading for me, but I totally admire anyone who can write a book so... Read morePublished 10 months ago by cdn gal
It is impossible to put into words the thrill of reading this book and learning about the fight for clean food from an organic farmer's life, I am so grateful!!Published 12 months ago by Maryann McCabe
Sorry but I soon tired of the descriptions of plants growing, or not.Published 12 months ago by dee dee
As an organic farmer myself this book had me totally enthralled. There is such a palpable reference for the soil and organic agriculture in the writing. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Matthew Glenn Lebon