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Publisher's Summary

One fateful day in 1996, after discovering that five freight cars' worth of glittering corn have reaped a tiny profit of $18.16, young Forrest Pritchard vows to save his family's farm. What ensues - through hilarious encounters with all manner of livestock and colorful local characters - is a crash course in sustainable agriculture. Pritchard's biggest ally is his renegade father, who initially questions his son's career choice and rejects organic foods for sugary mainstream fare. But just when the farm starts to turn heads at local farmers' markets, his father's health takes a turn for the worse. With poetry and humor, this inspiring memoir tugs on your heartstrings and feeds your soul long after you've finished.
©2013 Forrest Pritchard (P)2013 Tantor
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Critic Reviews

"By the end of his wonderful book, Pritchard lies in a field pondering his own slim margin of success from slowing things down in our fast paced world; a well-deserved moment of happiness for this important new spokesperson of the future of agriculture and poet of the earth." (Publishers Weekly Starred Review
"Roger Wayne's warm, lively reading of Forrest Pritchard's memoir of saving his family's farm in the Shenandoah Valley is a hopeful and conversational experience.... integrity is heard in Wayne's performance." (AudioFile)
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By Sweetbay on 01-12-14

Loved it! I wanted it to go on further

What made the experience of listening to Gaining Ground the most enjoyable?

I listened to this book as I tended my own chickens. I could have never been so candid about my farming foibles, but I'm glad Forrest was.

What other book might you compare Gaining Ground to and why?

I had just finished Joel Salatin's book - This Aint Normal - and loved it. I thought at first this would be a litte like that. Some farming techniques may be similar, but Forrest's story is really funny, articulate, and humble - one to which other back to the farm types might be able to relate more readily.

What about Roger Wayne’s performance did you like?

Perfect. Sounded like a budding farmer might sound.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

How to survive your first job, ask for a promotion, or get the corner office when your boss is Mother Nature

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9 of 9 people found this review helpful


By Bob Hembree on 01-05-14

Surprisingly good.

What did you love best about Gaining Ground?

It's well written--reads like a good novel. I like Pritchard's sense of humor and how well he characterizes people.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Gaining Ground?

There story was full of memorable moments. The goat riding shotgun in the pickup was one of the funniest.

What about Roger Wayne’s performance did you like?

Wayne's performance was close to flawless. He gives everyone a unique voice, but doesn't go overboard.

Any additional comments?

Some books surprise expectations. This is one of them. This isn't a how-to-book, it's a heart warming story about a lifestyle many of us fantasize about, but probably wouldn't last day.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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