Here we are in the rural hinterlands of Pennsylvania. A small rural town in a rural county and all that goes along with that. Gossip, infighting, outright deception, rivalries, and feuds that date back years and so on.
A lawyer comes home disillusioned with her life in the fast lane and decides to run the family farm as an organic undertaking and to take over her father’s shop and convert it into an organic outlet and cafe.
She acquires a Great Pyrenee dog, which is usually used as livestock guardian. They are: Strong Willed, Gentle, Confident, Fearless, Patient, Affectionate. Normal
Height: Male: 70–82 cm, Female: 65–74 cm
Weight: Male: 50–54 kg, Female: 36–41 kg
So a rather large dog with a shaggy coat that needs attention and likes to be with a family not living outside.
She gets involved with Community Supported Agriculture – this is associated mainly with organic farming and smaller farms who can offer a box scheme direct to the consumer rather going through a third party such as Abel and Cole (I use the in London as we have no farms within easy reach!)
According to the Urban Ecology Center, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is like having your own personal farmer. In a CSA, you become a member of a local farm by purchasing a “share”. In return, you receive weekly deliveries of fresh produce throughout the growing season, typically late May to November. Along with the produce, some farms also offer meat, eggs, and other extras along with weekly newsletters, recipes, U-picks and farm festivals. Some farms offer flowers and produce made from vegetables and fruit such as chutneys and jams as well.
So an easy way to buy your organic food needs at a good price, and the farmer has a guaranteed income. So a win-win situation for any farmer.
Organic seeds, in the book, are noted to have better natural resistance to harmful pests and also, of course, encourage a better range of beneficial insects. This just reinforces the good messages that come out in the book, despite the murder and other shenanigans that we find in the book.
I was recently asked at a garden panel I sat on, what I did about greenfly on my garden plants, and my answer was very little. A good ‘crop’ of greenfly meant more food for the ladybirds (ladybugs) and if there really were too many then a quick squirt of washing up liquid (diluted) or a brush with my fingers, did the trick...
Historical Societies and designation of historic buildings and what seems to be an American trait to dislike being constrained about what they can or cannot build, demolish, make changes to existing buildings. A change to the front porch in terms of windows and paint would need permission – and this is resented in the book... well come live in our flat! We live in a Conservation area and are very grateful to do so, and the residences acquire a price premium by being in this area... we have rules about what we can and cannot do even unto what fence, wall or hedge we can have in the front garden. And if your house was changed before the Conservation Area came into being and you want to make any changes now – say to replace the windows, you would need to put them back to what they should have been, even if that means sash windows! Extra cost it’s true but the houses were designed by architects to reflect a particular style – Art and Crafts – in our case, and very interesting they are too.
Did I like the book? Yes.