Drawn to the Land: The Romance of Farming takes readers on a spellbinding tour of upstate New York and its farming community. A follow-up to Upstate New York: Towns That We Love, this volume focuses on the men and women who feel the enduring pull of the land. From beekeeping to winemaking, the book tells the story of the dedication and passion that mark every sustainable New York homestead. The reader learns about raising chickens, building silos, and growing potatoes from conversations with the people who remain devoted to the natural world in an increasingly urban age. Alongside Barton s descriptions of animals, farm stands, and fresh ice cream are Elizabeth s oil paintings, which burst from the page with the love and admiration of an artist revisiting the place she was raised. Rural upstate New York is a one-of-a-kind locale, and Drawn to the Land celebrates its unique culture, conveying the richness of both its soil and its traditions.
The first couple of times I tried to read this book to my nephew, he took off running. When I was finally able to capture his attention and start reading, he would look at me with a big smile on his face. I could tell that he was entertained and he loved looking at the pictures.
June 15, 2010
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