Kristin Kimball

I just finished reading The Dirty Life: A Memoir on Farming, Food, and Love.  The writer, Kristin Kimball, tells the story of giving up her life as a free-lance writer living in NYC to move upstate and start a CSA with a farmer she met while writing a story on organic food.  It was a very honest story about love.  Love for a farmer, but even more for the land, the animals, her unfamiliar work, and the community that took them in.  Kristin and Mark are still running their CSA at Essex Farm in upstate New York.

I bought this book at the airport this summer when I was in my “I’m going to move to Wisconsin and become a farmer” phase.  You can see why it appealed to me.   

The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love by Kristin Kimball

I loved Kristin Kimball’s memoir of finding herself in farm life. She was living the crazed lifestyle of a New York journalist when she was sent to interview a farmer in Philadelphia. His love for farming stuck with her long after she’d finished her piece on him, so much so that she decided, eventually, that she wanted something different from her life. She and the farmer kept in touch, and later fell in love (and eventually married). And that’s only a piece of this memoir!

While I’m not sure farming would be my ideal lifestyle, I identified with Kimball’s desire to find a more meaningful way to live and connect with the earth. Her passion for farming comes through in her eloquent style of writing, and her honesty about her failures makes her memoir accessible to everyone. I was moved by Kimball’s story, and I recommend it to anyone who likes a good memoir about pursuing a good, honest, and happy life, in a practical - not preachy - manner.

The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love by Kristin Kimball

I loved Kristin Kimball’s memoir of finding herself in farm life. She was living the crazed lifestyle of a New York journalist when she was sent to interview a farmer in Philadelphia. His love for farming stuck with her long after she’d finished her piece on him, so much so that she decided, eventually, that she wanted something different from her life. She and the farmer kept in touch, and later fell in love (and eventually married). And that’s only a piece of this memoir!

While I’m not sure farming would be my ideal lifestyle, I identified with Kimball’s desire to find a more meaningful way to live and connect with the earth. Her passion for farming comes through in her eloquent style of writing, and her honesty about her failures makes her memoir accessible to everyone. I was moved by Kimball’s story, and I recommend it to anyone who likes a good memoir about pursuing a good, honest, and happy life, in a practical - not preachy - manner.