Reviews & Recommendations
"After reading Brockman’s lyrical portrait of a central Illinois sustainable farm, citizens of the Fast Food Nation and Slow Foodies alike will gain a renewed appreciation for a fresh tomato or a fistful of basil. . . . Brockman doesn’t pull any punches, from the slaughter and processing of poultry, to the politics of plastic shopping bags at the farmers’ market, to harrowing tales of pesticides that will have readers rethinking supermarket peaches. . . . Sure to inspire a trip to the farmers market, and a much deeper appreciation of its bounty, Brockman covers her subject with hard-earned expertise and organic passion."
New York Times Book Review
June 6, 2010
The Christian Century June, 2010
Reviews on GoodReads
Review by Marty Vanags, Director of the Economic Development Council of the Bloomington-Normal Area April 20, 2010
Terrain: A Journal of the Built and Natural Environments
A Suburban Girl Considers the Farm
Chicago Magazine 2010 Green Awards
Terra Brockman: The Networker
December 19, 2009
Top Books for the Cookerati 2009 Holiday Gift Guide
The Local Beet
December 14, 2009
The Sustainable Cook on "The Literary Locavore"
November 19, 2009
Book has roots in Iroquois County
November 11, 2009
Writer’s love rooted in family farm
November 12, 2009
Article and sidebar
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"The book chronicles the lives of three current generations of Brockmans, who — with stunning energy, solidarity and agricultural acumen — raise and market every vegetable imaginable from asparagus to zucchini."
Peoria Journal Star
October 19, 2009
Sustainable farm fertile grounds for gently encouraging change
"This literary, yearlong memoir documenting the weeks on a central Illinois sustainable farm is filled with poetry and beauty as well as advocacy and science."
"This is not a confrontational book that takes on corporate chemical farming. It’s a gentle book that points to an alternative path."
October 8, 2009
Books for Cooks
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AgroEcology and Sustainable Ag Program, October 6, 2009
September 24, 2009
A woman for all seasons
Interviews in the media
WBEZ Chicago (NPR)
Airdate February 2, 2010
Interview with Terra on Chicago Public Radio (10:00)
Airdate November 1 2009
Charlie Schlenker's Interview (5:33)
Airdate October 7, 2009
Airdate August 19,2009
Local Matters (30:00)
Interviews in print
Living on Henry's farm: Brockman revels in the details
"Interlacing vibrant description, thoughtful reflection and mouth-watering recipes, Brockman's book explores and recounts the physical and personal realities of a daily relationship with the land."
A year on the land
November 18, 2009
"Harvesting Sweet Potatoes", with recipe for "Rosemary Roasted Sweet Potatoes"