All the Dirt: Reflections on Organic Farming

Category: Book
By (author): Fisher, Rachel
By (author): Stretch, Heather
By (author): Tunnicliffe, Robin
Subject:  BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Women in Business
  GARDENING / General
  GARDENING / Organic
  SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Ecology
  TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / Organic
Publisher: TouchWood Editions
Published: February 2012
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 9.00in x 7.50in x 0.75in
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$ 29.95
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From The Publisher*

Finalist for the 2012 City of Victoria Butler Book Prize

New farmers, experienced growers, budding environmentalists, and fans of natural, organic produce alike are sure to love All the Dirt. Filled with beautiful photographs and covering a wide variety of topics, from agrofuels and food sovereignty to practical tips about specific tools, All the Dirt is the must-read how-to book about small-scale organic farming. But beyond the practical applications, it is also the inspiring story of three friends who followed their dreams and became successful business partners.

Authors Rachel Fisher, Heather Stretch, and Robin Tunnicliffe, co-owners of Saanich Organics, a farmer-run local food distributor, share entertaining stories of three farmers' lives, while also providing practical information about how to start a farm. They relate their personal and collective experiences as women, mothers, and farmers through anecdotes, and discuss the compelling reasons why Canada needs more organic farmers.

All the Dirt proves that there is no one right way to start a farm and no single solution to any problem. But that by working together, farmers can create a resilient agriculture that is vibrant and fun, as well as economically viable.

Rachel, Heather, and Robin have co-owned Saanich Organics since 2002. The business has been featured in numerous publications, including the Times Colonist, West Jet's Up! magazine, EAT Magazine, and The Province. It has also been featured in Island on the Edge (a documentary film), as well as on CBC radio. By working co-operatively to grow and distribute top quality produce, the business has earned the respect of the farming community, the restaurant community, organic consumers, and activists. Visit Saanich Organics online at ...

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All the Dirt is much more than just another dry, nuts-and-bolts, hands-in-the-dirt how-to. It demonstrates that farming can be done successfully, in co-operation with others, all while paying the bills. -Michael Ableman, farmer, author, and co-director of Vancouver's SOLEfood

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This timely book speaks to the next generation of farmers, and anyone interested in knowing what it takes to get a healthy dinner to the table. This is also a book about building community and restoring our relationship with nature. -Carolyn Herriot, author of The Zero-Mile Diet and A Year on the Garden Path

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There is no more formidable force, nor stronger voice, for organic farming on Vancouver Island than Saanich Organics. Heather, Rachel, and Robin have proven that being good stewards of the land, mentoring an entire generation of young farmers, and running a successful business can be mutually compatible. -David Mincey, Executive Chef/Co-owner, Camille's Restaurant

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The best introduction to farming I've ever seen. A fantastic book in all respects! -Dan Jason, Salt Spring Seeds

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All the Dirt is literary fertilizer for the mind and a feast for the eyes . . . You'll never look at the people behind the vibrant veggies at your local farmers' market the same way after this read. Organic farmers could ask for no better ambassadors than these three courageous, hard-working, funny, thoughtful women. -Alberta Views

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The really great thing about this book is that although it is a how-to book, it is told through the personal stories of the three authors, so you never feel bogged down in technical talk. -Don Genova's Blog

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Part inspiration, part manifesto, and part reality check, All the Dirt goes beyond being a handbook of farming know how to passionately illustrate life on today's next-gen farm. . . . Informative, timely and well written, All the Dirt is a must-read insider's account of farming today on Vancouver Island. -Gary Hynes, EAT Magazine

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All the Dirt: Reflections on Organic Farming is the would-be organic farmer's answer book . . . A how-to book with heart and soul. -January Magazine