Writing my first book had many parallels to vegetable farming—especially growing onions; and legal battles—like with the Koch brothers. Managing The Process If I think about the entire process, from farm dream to food on the table—access to land, learning skills and developing markets, buying supplies, HOEING; or what it will take to win in…

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For those of you who enjoyed my blog post, I “Wish” No More, about my childhood, self-inflicted intimation of the writing skills of Steinback. Excerpt from John Steinbeck’s journals while he was working on Grapes of Wrath. March 21 My many weaknesses are starting to show their heads. I simply must get this thing out…

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Weed Excerpts — Turn Here Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works We go through the motions, planting like we expect a good soaker, but it is too dry even for weeds to germinate. The first corn sets tassels on two-feet-tall stalks. We keep plants alive with water from a tank, but only the watermelons and tomatoes…

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Subscribe to Atina’s Blog During a recent interview, I was asked why I choose to write Turn Here Sweet Corn as a personal story. I explained that I wanted the reader to feel the characters’ experience. The intellect is involved with understanding the issues, but the heart needs to be engaged for behavior to change.…

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