Turn Here Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works

  • by Atina Diffley
  • Narrated by Atina Diffley
  • 14 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A Master Class in Organic Farming, a Lesson in Entrepreneurship, a Love Story, and a Legal Thriller.
When the hail starts to fall, Atina Diffley doesn't compare it to golf balls. She's a farmer. It's "as big as a B-size potato." As her bombarded land turns white, she and her husband Martin huddle under a blanket and reminisce: the one-hundred-mile-per-hour winds; the eleven-inch rainfall ("that broccoli turned out gorgeous"); the hail disaster of 1977.
The romance of farming washed away a long time ago. But the love? Never. In telling her story of working the land, coaxing good food from the fertile soil, Atina Diffley reminds us of an ultimate truth: we live in relationships - with the earth, plants and animals, families and communities.
A memoir of making these essential relationships work in the face of challenges as natural as weather and as unnatural as corporate politics, her book is a firsthand history of getting in at the "ground level," of organic farming. One of the first certified organic produce farms in the Midwest, the Diffleys' Gardens of Eagan helped to usher in a new kind of green revolution in the heart of America's farmland, supplying their roadside stand and a growing number of local food co-ops. This is a story of a world transformed - and reclaimed - one square acre at a time.
As Atina Diffley tells her David-versus-Goliath tale, she gives readers everything from expert instruction in organic farming to an entrepreneur's manual on how to grow a business, to a legal thriller about battling corporate arrogance, to a love story about a single mother falling for a good, big-hearted man.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Just listen to anything else on Audible, seriously

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Few, if any, could enjoy listening to this narrator, not to mention the writing is just - strange.

What could Atina Diffley have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Paid for a narrator and an editor.

What didn’t you like about Atina Diffley’s performance?

Her writing and her voice

Any additional comments?

This book is very, very hard to follow. The narration is SO bad, but the writing only contributes to the confusion - it basically turns into a comedy you never wanted.

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- Miles Torres

Not what you might expect from the description

What disappointed you about Turn Here Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works?

"She gives readers everything from expert instruction in organic farming to an entrepreneur's manual on how to grow a business," is what it says in the description. I'm five chapters in and all the author's done so far is talk about her life, history, women's rights, and her failing marriage. All of this might be fine if that's what you are looking for, but this is just a personal diary about this woman's life without much practical education.

What was most disappointing about Atina Diffley’s story?

I was led to believe this book would help me better understand what organic farming is all about. It's not. It's an intimate look into this woman's life.

Would you be willing to try another one of Atina Diffley’s performances?


If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Turn Here Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works?

Just deliver what is described in the summary!

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- Paul

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-19-2013
  • Publisher: Atina Diffley