With her mother's diagnosis, Tara Kingston will soon find out. She returns as the prodigal child to her home state of Colorado, a place she hoped to never see again. With a tattered past and a wounded heart, Tara verbally combats her suburbanite aunts and attempts to reconcile who she was with who she has become. Her mother's condition is dire, but they still have time together, perhaps to heal what was broken so long ago.
When family battles become too much, Tara and her mother find a solution by way of a handsome organic farmer, Tom Sanders. Tara agrees to stay and work with him on his farm in Boulder, remaining close to her family but far enough to avoid conflict. Working with the earth and a cast of quirky characters, Tara rediscovers joy in her home state as long summer days pass and her mother's time runs short.
As Tara is bombarded by her childhood memories and at war with herself after repressing years of pent-up anger, she must learn to release her ties to her sordid past in order to forgive and move on. Tara, on some level or another, is all of us, just trying to find her way on the difficult road that is life.
Shana Chartier was born in Littleton, Colorado, and lived there for sixteen years before moving to Amherst, New Hampshire, and being enthralled by New England’s lush beauty. She’s a librarian, a writing coach for aspiring authors and a ghostwriter who wrote over twenty books in 2017 alone, many of which have landed on Amazon’s best-seller list.Shana currently lives in the little town of Merrimack, New Hampshire, with her husband, Shane, her two children, and her crazy cats, Leia and Kylo.
The Market Gardener is a compendium of la Grelinette’s proven horticultural techniques and innovative growing methods. This complete guide is packed with practical information on:Setting-up a micro-farm by designing biologically intensive cropping systems, all with negligible capital outlay Farming without a tractor and minimizing fossil fuel inputs through the use of the best hand tools, appropriate machinery, and minimum tillage practices Growing mixed vegetables systematically with attention to weed and pest management, crop yields, harvest periods, and pricing approaches
Inspired by the French intensive tradition of maraichage and by iconic American vegetable grower Eliot Coleman, author and farmer Jean-Martin shows by example how to start a market garden and make it both very productive and profitable. Making a living wage farming without big capital outlay or acreages may be closer than you think.
Jean-Martin Fortier is a passionate advocate of strong local food systems and founder of Les Jardins de la Grelinette, an internationally recognized model for successful biointensive micro-farming.
Many people mistakenly think that ecological gardening—which involves growing a wide range of edible and other useful plants—can take place only on a large, multiacre scale. As Hemenway demonstrates, it’s fun and easy to create a “backyard ecosystem” by assembling communities of plants that can work cooperatively and perform a variety of functions, including:Building and maintaining soil fertility and structure Catching and conserving water in the landscape Providing habitat for beneficial insects, birds, and animals Growing an edible “forest” that yields seasonal fruits, nuts, and other foods
This revised and updated edition also features a new chapter on urban permaculture, designed especially for people in cities and suburbs who have very limited growing space. Whatever size yard or garden you have to work with, you can apply basic permaculture principles to make it more diverse, more natural, more productive, and more beautiful. Best of all, once it’s established, an ecological garden will reduce or eliminate most of the backbreaking work that’s needed to maintain the typical lawn and garden.