Changing Season: A Father, a Daughter, a Family Farm (Paperback)

Changing Season: A Father, a Daughter, a Family Farm By David Mas Masumoto, Nikiko Masumoto (With) Cover Image
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How do you become a farmer? The real questions are: what kind of person do you want to be? Are you willing to change? How do you learn? What is your vision for the future? In this poignant collection of essays, Epitaph for a Peach author David Mas Masumoto gets ready to hand his eighty-acre organic farm to his daughter, Nikiko, after four decades of working the land. Declaring that "all of the gifts I have received from this life are not only worthy of sharing, but must be shared," Mas reflects on topics as far-ranging as the art of pruning, climate change, and the prejudice his family faced during and after World War II: essays that, whether humorous or heartbreaking, explore what it means to pass something on. Nikiko's voice is present, too, as she relates the myriad lessons she has learned from her father in preparation for running the farm as a queer mixed-race woman. Both farmers feel less than totally set for the future that lays ahead; indeed, Changing Season addresses the uncertain future of small-scale agriculture in California. What is unquestionable, though, is the family's love for their vocation--and for each other.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781597143660
ISBN-10: 1597143669
Publisher: Heyday Books
Publication Date: June 15th, 2016
Pages: 192
Language: English