Quarter-acre Farm

Quarter-acre Farm

How I Kept the Patio, Lost the Lawn and Fed My Family for A Year

Book - 2011
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Spring Warren's humorous account of her quest to grow most of what her family consumed for one year in her suburban yardWhen Spring Warren told her husband and two teenage boys that she wanted to grow 75 percent of all the food they consumed for one year-and that she wanted to do it in their yard-they told her she was crazy.She did it anyway. The Quarter-Acre Farm is Warren's account of deciding-despite all resistance-to take control of her family's food choices, get her hands dirty, and create a garden in her suburban yard. It's a story of bugs, worms, rot, and failure; of learning, replanting, harvesting, and eating. The road is long and riddled with mistakes, but by the end of her yearlong experiment, Warren's sons and husband have become her biggest fans-in fact, they're even eager to help harvest (and eat) the beautiful bounty she brings in.Full of tips and recipes to help anyone interested in growing and preparing at least a small part of their diet at home, The Quarter-Acre Farm is a warm, witty tale about family, food, and the incredible gratification that accompanies self-sufficiency.
Publisher: Berkeley, CA :, Seal Press,, 2011.
ISBN: 9781580053402
Branch Call Number: 635.092 WA
Characteristics: 335 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm


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ArapahoeKati Sep 25, 2017

If you live in the metro Denver area, you probably don't have a lot of backyard. Guess what? You don't need a lot of backyard to grow awesome fruits and veggies! I loved reading this. Too bad I didn't read this earlier in the year or you may have found me plotting my own backyard garden.

Aug 21, 2016

if you like to read a story about one person's trials and tribulations for transforming her backyard into an orchard/veggie garden/farm. What I love was the statement:
"one of the great pleasures of a garden is sharing the produce." that said, if you're looking for a step by step how to book, this not it. There are recipes interdispersed throughout the book. What was most interesting was the chapter summarizing all the edible parts of common and not so common veggies.

May 05, 2013

This is a great winter read. It has good tips on what worked for her or didn't. Took some thoughts for my garden, esp on the "natural" bug control through other bugs. Good recipes. What I love the most, though, is the conversational tone. It was a fun look at gardening, not at all dry, and got me enthused for the spring. It's a great book to keep your perspective on gardening. I may have to buy this one to keep handy.

Jul 26, 2012

I have never read a more entertaining gardening book! I learned so much--and the hints are far more likely to stick given the author's comical storytelling.


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