Cutting Hill: A Chronicle of a Family Farm

Alan Pistorius, Author Alfred A. Knopf $19.95 (279p) ISBN 978-0-394-57439-4
In a book reminiscent of Richard Rhodes's Farm , Pistorius ( The Country Journal Book of Birding ) takes us through four seasons on the 350-acre Vermont dairy spread of Dick and Joan Treadway and their four children. Dairying, as we're shown graphically, is more than milking cows--fences must be mended, animals moved from barn to pasture, milking equipment cleaned regulary. Summer is haying; cutting, baling and storing require machinery, which needs frequent repair. There is deep concern about weather and taxes. During the year covered, family and beasts alike have medical problems; a cow dies and a calf is born. At sugaring time, the Treadways hang 1300 sap buckets, but the harvest proves disappointing. With fitting admiration Pistorius acquaints us with folk of grit, a family that in the tradition of its forebears tenaciously holds fast to its farm. (July)
Reviewed on: 07/01/1990
Release date: 07/01/1990
Genre: Nonfiction
Hardcover - 978-0-517-09184-5
Paperback - 978-0-06-097403-9
Open Ebook - 279 pages - 978-1-891053-43-6
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