Spring Warren is the author of the novel Turpentine, a bronze medalist for the 2007 ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award and a San Francisco Chronicle Notable Book of 2007.
Warren comes from Wyoming, where here family has lived since 1870. A true gal of the American West, she grew up in Casper and at a ranch in the Black Hills that her parents still own. Shes been a schoolteacher (children bring cow testicles to school for show and tell in Wyoming), raised pigs, killed rattlesnakes, hunted, and fished. When she moved toward writing, she was a working as a short order cook, selling worms and maple bars to campers, and teaching swimming lessons in the shadow of Devil's Tower, and was living in a trailer where she washed clothes in a wringer washer and dried them by the heat of the wood stove.
Warren now lives in Davis, California, an educational hub of the agricultural world, in the Central Valley, the worlds most productive agricultural region.
When Spring Warren told her husband and two teenage boys that she wanted to grow 75 percent of all the food they consumed for one year?and that she wanted to do it in their yard?they told her she was crazy.
She did it anyway.
The Quarter-Acre Farm is Warrens account of deciding?despite all resistance?to take control of her familys food choices, get her hands dirty, and create a garden in her suburban yard. Its a story of bugs, worms, rot, and failure; of learning, replanting, harvesting, and eating. The road is long and riddled with mistakes, but by the end of her yearlong experiment, Warrens sons and husband have become her biggest fans?in fact, theyre even eager to help harvest (and eat) the beautiful bounty she brings in.
Full of tips and recipes to help anyone interested in growing and preparing at least a small part of their diet at home, The Quarter-Acre Farm is a warm, witty tale about family, food, and the incredible gratification that accompanies self-sufficiency.