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Atina Diffley, author of Turn Here Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works
"Soil Sister," Atina Diffley, author of Turn Here Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works, photo by Laurie Schneider
Atina and Martin Diffley with 140 International Tractor, photo by Laurie Schneider
Martin and Atina Diffley in the kale field: "The kale was our ally and expert witness during the MinnCan crude oil pipeline lawsuit dubbed 'Kale Versus Koch, Soil Versus Oil.'" Photograph ©2006 Greg Thompson.
For over three decades, this sign pulled in customers, and Martin and I used “Turn here” as an opening line for conversations about changing how our food is grown. Photograph ©1989 Helen De Michiel, from her video essay Turn Here Sweet Corn.
In 1990, the Gardens of Eagan roadside stand was a lean-to roof attached to the family barbershop and an adjacent walk-in cooler.
The Diffley family land in 1987, taken from the Plains of Abraham overlooking Cottonwood Valley, Bluebird Valley, and the Bee Field; the Big Oak Woods in the background.
Martin and I watch developers’ bulldozers and encroaching suburbia alongside sweet corn growing on the Plains of Abraham. Photograph copyright 1990 T. L. Gettings for Rodale Institute.
The Diffley land, after the development and school were built. The farm relocated, but the Gardens of Eagan stand continued on Highway 3. Imagery by Pictometry International Corporation.
In 2005, the 43 small fields on our new farm produced approximately 2,895,738 food servings. A year later they faced the threat of eminent domain for a crude oil pipeline. Our land is the center one-third of this image. Photograph USDA National Agriculture Imagery Program.
Martin with Laura Frerichs harvest cold-hardy broccoli during an early November storm in 2003.
Broccoli harvest, Meagan O’Brien and Adria Fernandez