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About the author
Chris grew up working on Petty Ranch, his family's farm that he now manages. In between his stints in “farm labor” and “management”, he studied at Northwestern University, married the best woman in the world, flew anti-submarine aircraft in the US Navy, raised two great sons, recruited executives for Silicon Valley start-ups, and learned that produce in the grocery store is just never, ever as good as what you grow yourself.
on April 23, 2012 :
A fun and informative read for anyone interested in farming, local food and current thinking on "sustainable" agriculture. Chris does a fine job of explaining the daily choices and challenges a farmer encounters and provides some insight on what the future may bring.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Jan. 15, 2012 :
You only THOUGHT you knew lemons and figs! 'Picking Our Future' is an easy-to-read and extremely informative look at the state of farming in present-day Ventura County, CA (though many issues discussed apply to farms everywhere). Farmer Chris Sayer takes you month-by-month through a calendar year, discussing the MANY factors, both natural and man-made, that today's farmer must consider to run a sustainable operation. Lots of light shed on terms such as 'organic' and 'sustainable.' A great read for anyone who wants to take their understanding of food and farming to the next level.
(reviewed the day of purchase)