This week in the mid-Atlantic has brought undoubtedly the most miserable sauna-like weather I have experienced out here since leaving the Chicago area. Fortunately, my dear friend Terra Brockman, writer and founder of The Land Connection, long ago sent me a copy of her incredible book about her brother Henry Brockman and the family farm: The Seasons on Henry’s Farm. Some of my images appear in that book.
I spent quite a few days and evenings with Terra on Henry’s Farm many years back – LONG days starting at 4:30 or 5 AM and going until late evening, usually photographing the life of an incredible extended organic farming family, although sometimes pitching in as the work load seemed insurmountable. Anyone who buys food raised by hand, forages at farm markets, or keeps an urban garden, will find this book an incredibly wonderful read! Anyone who thinks there is no difference between sustainable and conventional food, large and small scale growers, owes it to him or herself to read this book. I cried, I laughed, I tasted, I toiled, I experienced life in all its complexities on a multi-generational organic farm. Terra’s writing style is delightfully engaging, erudite, yet earthy and sentimental.
In my estimation this book is as important a read as Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food. Pollan’s book tells us why we need this kind of farming, The Seasons on Henry’s Farm shows us the commitment, knowledge, drive, and tenacity it takes to DO this kind of farming. You won’t be able to put it down!