The Blueberry Years

A Memoir of Farm and Family

Jim Minick

Thomas Dunne Books

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“A truly inspiring story, in gorgeous prose, about one family’s journey into blueberry farming. Delicious reading.” —Naomi Wolf, author of The End of America
 
The Blueberry Years is a mouth-watering and delightful memoir based on Jim Minick’s trials and tribulations as an organic blueberry farmer. This story of one couple and one farm shows how our country’s appetite for cheap food affects how that food is grown, who does or does not grow it, and what happens to the land. But this memoir also calls attention to the fragile nature of our global food system and our nation’s ambivalence about what we eat and where it comes from.
 
Readers of Michael Polland and Barbara Kingsolver will savor the tale of Jim’s farm and the exploration of larger issues facing agriculture in the United States—like the rise of organic farming, the plight of small farmers, and the loneliness common in rural America. Ultimately, The Blueberry Years tells the story of a place shaped by a young couple’s dream, and how that dream ripened into one of the mid-Atlantic’s first certified-organic, pick-your-own blueberry farms.

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Part IRoot and Seed
(1991–1995)
a small clutch of seeds
in a green-white nest
what blue dreams will you hatch?
Chapter 1Meeting the Berries
 
Two hours before sunset, I pick up the jarring phone to hear this: “Uh, Mr. Minick? I got your blueberries on my rig.” In the background, I hear the huge engine idling. “I’m sitting here in Riner and I can’t see your farm. Been driving back and forth for the past hour trying to find it. Where are you?”
This from an eighteen-wheel truck driver hauling our precious bushes all the way from

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Jim Minick

JIM MINICK grew up eating blueberries, and for eight years he and his wife owned and operated Minick Berry Farm, a certified-organic, pick-your-own blueberry farm in Floyd County, VA. He writes a monthly column for The Roanoke Times New River Current. Currently, he lives in southwest Virginia on a forested farm with his wife and their three dogs.

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The Blueberry Years
A Memoir of Farm and Family
Jim Minick

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St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
August 2010
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429965606
ISBN10: 1429965606
352 pages
$7.99

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books
May 2012
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ISBN: 9781250011589
ISBN10: 1250011582
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 352 pages, Plus one 8-page color photo insert
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