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Making Hay (1997)
The following story was in the paper the other day:
Number Of U.S. Farms Smallest Since 1850
Technology and massive consolidation in agriculture has squeezed
the number of
There were 1.912 million farms in 1997, down slightly from 1992.
The number of
I mention this in connection with Verlyn Klinkenborg's amusing memoir "Making Hay". Klinkenborg worked on his Uncles' farms during the summers when he was growing up. Now, a grown man, he goes back to help them with the season's haying.
Let's get one thing straight, right off the bat, Verlyn Klinkenborg loves hay; I mean loves it. Sometimes you actually get the feeling that he's sorry he wasn't born a bovine:
The smell of newmown hay is an agricultural talisman
that survives in our language even though
As if to make some private point about means and
ends, God gave kine four stomachs and a diet of
That kind of amusing prose, a wealth of information about alfalfa and a wry look at a vanishing way of life, all combine to make this a unique and worthwhile read.
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