Delighted to introduce my book, Farmsteads of the California Coast, from Yellow Pear Press.
My project partner: The photographer Erin Scott, whose gorgeous images grace this post.
Farmsteads is a behind-the-scenes tour of a dozen innovative California coastal farms, offering a close up view of these agricultural gems and intimate portraits of the farmers who run them. In the mix: apple growers, shellfish harvesters, dairymen and women, berry producers, water buffalo ranchers and coffee makers–as well as greens growers, too.
As author and farmer Novella Carpenter notes: “This book will make you want to milk a water buffalo or barbecue some oysters.”
The stories, struggles and triumphs featured in Farmsteads are unique, but the common thread throughout its pages is the farmers’ environmental stewardship and sincere belief that people should know where their food comes from.
The book is a celebration of the bounty and beauty of some of the Golden State’s beloved sustainable farms and salutes the innovative, hard-working, and resilient people who produce our food. These trailblazing farmers, who come by their maverick status honestly, have created vibrant community in their own special ways. And they produce delicious food.
Farmsteads has been well received–more on that later–and we’ve been fortunate that the stories in these pages have been picked up by several media outlets. More on that later, too.
Farmsteads is available at independent booksellers in the Bay Area and via Amazon.