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With humor and pathos, Forrest Pritchard recounts his ambitious and often hilarious endeavors to save his family's seventh-generation farm in the Shenandoah Valley.

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One fateful day in 1996, after discovering that five freight cars' worth of glittering corn have reaped a tiny profit of $18.16, young Forrest Pritchard vows to save his family's farm. What ensues—through hilarious encounters with all manner of livestock and colorful local characters—is a crash course in sustainable agriculture. Pritchard's biggest ally is his renegade father, who initially questions his son's career choice and rejects organic foods for sugary mainstream fare. But just when the farm starts to turn heads at local farmers' markets, his father's health takes a turn for the worse. With poetry and humor, this inspiring memoir tugs on your heartstrings and feeds your soul long after you've finished.

"Roger Wayne gives an aptly laconic reading that fits the flavor of the prose like a glove – professionally unprofessional. Pritchard’s skill as a writer and English major shine in his simplicity. This is a must read for anyone interested in this movement either as a producer or a consumer." ---SoundCommentary Starred Review

"By the end of his wonderful book, Pritchard lies in a field pondering his own slim margin of success from slowing things down in our fast paced world; a well-deserved moment of happiness for this important new spokesperson of the future of agriculture and poet of the earth." ---Publishers Weekly Starred Review

"Roger Wayne's warm, lively reading of Forrest Pritchard's memoir of saving his family's farm in the Shenandoah Valley is a hopeful and conversational experience. . . . Pritchard is serious about his mission to bring grass-fed meat to farmers' markets, and that integrity is heard in Wayne's performance." ---AudioFile
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Publishers Weekly Review

Gaining Ground

A Story of Farmers' Markets, Local Food, and Saving the Family Farm

Author Forrest Pritchard

Narrated by Roger Wayne

Publication date Dec 30, 2013

Running time 9 hrs 13 min

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