Posted By admin on June 24, 2010
At the same time the authors of Plenty were living their year based on locavore ideals, author Barbara Kingsolver and her family undertook a similar year-long adventure. With her husband and two children, she relocated to a small farm in the southern Appalachians, in Virginia but close to the Kentucky state line. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: a Year of Food Life is her account of this adventure. The family undertook, beginning in March, to raise and prepare as much food as feasible to sustain their needs for a year. What was not practical to raise themselves was acquired from local farmers as much as possible.
HSU Library has the book, call number S521.5.A67 K56 2008. The Arcata Public Library has it as well, call number 641.0973 KINGSOLVE. And the HCL Main Library in Eureka has two copies of the audiobook version, call number BCD 641.0973 KINGSOLVER
They raised, gathered and preserved not only vegetables and fruit but also meat, slaughtering and freezing their own turkeys and chickens. Vegan-leaning locavores might want to read her chapter, “You Can’t Run Away on Harvest Day”, where she explains and justifies harvesting turkeys and chickens from the home flock. The case is gently and persuasively made so provides food for thought, as it were.