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  source The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love by Kristin Kimball (audiobook)  ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ Kristin was a writer in NYC when she fell in love with a farmer who avoided technology and other modern advancements in the agricultural world to stay as true to ancient farming as possible. Though he seemed a bit backwards and even crazy to prefer outhouses to the modern conveniences of a toilet and electricity, she fell hard for him and for the rural life. In this memoir, she depicts the first years of farming with him, from choosing their driving horses (rather than tractors) and milking cows (that they milked twice a day), to preparing for their rustic wedding on their farm during a hectic harvest. She explains how they fulfilled their dream to provide  their local customers with locally sourced food to avoid grocery stores (beef, pork, chicken, milk, eggs, maple syrup, grains, flours, dried beans, herbs, fruit, and forty different vegetables), all from their own farm. It was impressive t

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