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Where does our food come from? What role do farms play? What’s it like to be a farmer? In this charmingly illustrated book, follow a farm throughout the year to discover how the farmer grows fresh and tasty food for us to eat in a sustainable and natural way.
Explore the workings of a small-scale, organic family farm and experience the rhythm of farm life. In the spring, visit the chicken coop, till the fields, and tour the farm machinery. When summer comes, plant corn, meet the pollinators, and head to the county fair. In the fall, make pies and preserves, harvest pumpkins, and put the fields to sleep. Winter activities include trimming and pruning the orchard, seed shopping, and baking bread.
To conclude your year on the farm, learn what you can do to support the farmers who pick our carrots and raise the cows for our milk. A glossary defines key sustainable farming terms.
Through this colorful and intimate look at life on a small-scale farm, children will learn not only how the farm feeds us, but how the farmer must feed and care for the farm.
About the Author
Nancy Castaldo has written books about our planet for over 20 years. Her 2016 title The Story of Seeds: From Mendel’s Garden to Your Plate, and How There’s More of Less To Eat Around The World introduces readers to the importance of seeds, farming, and the crisis we currently face. It received the Green Earth Book Award and many other accolades.
Ginnie Hsu is an illustrator, designer, and educator living in upstate New York. Her work is often inspired by everyday life, nature, human living, and well-being. Ginnie also enjoys foraging, yoga, and herbalism.
"An engaging resource that will appeal to a variety of elementary audiences, plant lovers, animal lovers, and farm machinery lovers alike."—Sara Jurek, School Library Journal
"This engagingly illustrated guide to all sorts of farms and the things that live and grow on them has a Richard Scarry “busytown” kind of vibe. It tallies fruits that grow in orchards, and vegetables that can be harvested in early spring or later in the summer. It also offers in-depth looks at types of tractors, varietals of corn and pumpkin, and ways to manage pests without chemicals—plus scads of info about honeybees and other pollinators. If your child wasn’t interested in becoming a farmer before she reads this book, she will be afterwards."—Lela Nargi, Sierra Magazine