Trauma Farm

Trauma Farm

A Rebel History of Rural Life

eBook - 2009
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Brian Brett’s farm on Salt Spring Island is affectionately known as Trauma Farm . There, he raises chickens, pigs, cows, sheep, and goats, tends an extensive orchard and vegetable garden, concocts fabulous meals from the bounties of the farm, and has various misadventures. This funny and thought-provoking memoir traces one day on Trauma Farm . In it, Brett explores the natural history of the small mixed farm, meditates on the perfection of the egg, offers critiques of factory farms and the slaughtering industry, muses on the uses and misuses of gates, and ponders the constant presence of death as he goes about the activities of farming — birthing lambs, contending with rats, helping an aged horse to his death. Underlain with deep knowledge of biology and botany, this erudite, witty, and passionate book is an unforgettable portrait of the issues all farms face in this age of industrialization and homogenization.
Publisher: 2009
ISBN: 9781926812380
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Feb 12, 2014

An excellent book which does not glorify farm life. Well written, the author presents his theories in an articulate manor. I really enjoyed the diatribe on regulations and how they are forcing out the small farmers. For true free marketers this is what regulation can do throughout our economy. As the author suggests throughout, there is a balance. Recommend that everyone read this book, it is worth it.

Treyman_3 Dec 08, 2013

Mr. Brett has combined his wisdom of life with his art of storytelling to produce a very delightful and sometimes touching 16 Yr. story. This and his philosophical views have hit home to me and have recommended to all I know, thank you sir,Got More ?
Don T.

Aug 26, 2013

I really enjoyed this book! It paints a beautiful yet very realistic picture of life on a farm. Very thought provoking and full of wisdom. No fluff, amazingly honest, and it left me with such a wonderful feeling. It helped confirm that I will not be happy unless I give farming a real try.

May 19, 2013

Both poetic and gruff, Brian Brett is a fascinating man who has lived a fascinating life and his meditation on food, farming and life is warm, personal, feisty, hilarious, opinionated, and deeply engaging. I read it when I had just begun my foray into farming/food growing and was eating up everything I could read on the topic. For anyone similarly interested, who loves a good old fashioned, poetic yarn, with undercurrents of a rough, well-earned wisdom, this is the book.

Nov 29, 2011

This books make you think. Author presents the many contradictions of small-scale farming and trying to do the right thing for the environment - and is well aware of these contradictions. A lovely memoir.

Jun 16, 2011

This is a thought provoking book of life on the farm; from discussions of current trends in fruit farming with the spraying of toxins to the joy of eating farm fresh eggs from your own chickens. This title is worthy of an award.

Dec 11, 2010


Oct 05, 2010

This is the funniest book I've read in years - it had me laughing out loud on the Skytrain.

Highly recommended.

Jun 01, 2010

An excellent book which explores small farms and rural life in the context of a world containing factory farms and other problems.

Mar 27, 2010

Great Book!
Meditative and philosophical.

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