Gaining Ground: A story of Farmers’ Markets, Local Food and Saving the Family Farm
by Forrest Pritchard
With a foreword by Joel Salatin
A seventh-generation farmer’s inspiring journey to the heart of the sustainable farming community - set in the Shenandoah Valley, US.
The author, Forrest Pritchard, recounts his endeavours to save his family’s seventh-generation farm in the Shenandoah Valley, US. He turns Smith Meadows into a leading light in the sustainable, grass-fed, organic farm-to-market community.
There is nothing the author & farmer Pritchard won’t try. Whether he’s selling firewood and straw, raising free-range chickens and hogs, or acquiring a flock of Barbados Blackbelly sheep, his learning curve is steep and always entertaining. Pritchard’s world crackles with colorful local characters—farm hands, butchers, market managers, customers, fellow vendors, pet goats, policemen—bringing the story to warm, communal life.