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“Organic farming is so much more than just a set of standards and a marketing label, more than just a way to make money in a competitive industry, more than just a growing system that doesn’t use chemical inputs. Organic farming has the potential to be solely based on renewable energy – the sun. We know how to work with the soil, the sun, and plants to manage fertility, pests, and disease through soil health and biological diversity. This is security. This is the future. It is our resiliency and our redemption. As long as the sun rises every morning, organic farming systems will remain viable. Our experience is proof of our success, but knowing is not enough.” (p. 269)
If only every skeptic would read this book. Turn Here, Sweet Corn weaves together lessons of modern science and ancient wisdom, the realities of urban sprawl and wildlife displacement, the clashes between Big Oil and small town activism, and lays bare the incompatibility of fossil fuel-based economics and long term environmental health. This book is not told through a detached, anthropological lens, but is offered as a collection of first-person lived experiences of Atina Diffley, organic gardener-farmer, educator, respected community member, wife and mother.
Whether sharing funny memories of nine year-old boys and exploding beetles, or gut wrenching stories of devastating hailstorms and unwelcome development, Ms. Diffley infuses her memoir with true emotion. In sharing the realities of marriage, mothering, planting, growing, harvesting, selling, and building community, Ms. Diffley illustrates the complete lifestyle and commitment that is organic farming. Turn Here, Sweet Corn is at times difficult to read, and yet impossible to set down.
Readers of Turn Here, Sweet Corn will never look at land development or non-organic produce quite the same way again. What a blessing that is, not only for ourselves, but also for our children who will inherit the earth we leave behind.