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The Light Through the Trees

Reflections on Farming
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Caitlin Press
 | 
October, 2012
ISBN:
9781894759953
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The Light Through the Trees is a remarkable and deeply wise reflection on land, farming, a sense of place, connecting with nature and what it means to live on this earth. As a third-generation British Columbia farmer, Luanne Armstrong’s roots go deep into the land but her work also captures her thoughts on such current issues as the environment, environmental identity and animal ethics. Her writing is poetic, lyrical and engaging. Part farmer, part poet, part activist, Armstrong engages her readers through her fascination and close involvement with both the natural and the human worlds.

And although many writers live in places they love, few are farmers and even fewer write about farming. The books about farming and gardening that I have read usually follow two standard formats. Either they are practical “how to” books, or they are written by non-farmers about farming. Thus farm writing, like nature writing, has a tendency to be both sentimental and romantic. But I was a farmer before I was a writer.

So here are stories of a small farm, of the stubborn, self-sufficient, hard-working and proud way of life that I was born into, and which I continue. When I was a child, I worked on the farm because my father told me that I had to work or we would starve. Now I do it because nothing else I have done is more satisfying. I like growing food and sharing it, I like animals, I like walking, and I find in the place where I live an endlessly engrossing and unfolding story.

Once I was talking to a dear friend about my childhood and the farm, and he said, “The land was your mother and father.” I think he was right, but as well as mother and father, I think the land is also both my teacher and my home, the place I go to learn, the place that mystifies me with its depth and beauty, and never lets me go.

Publisher’s Description: 

The Light Through the Trees is a remarkable and deeply wise reflection on land, farming, a sense of place, connecting with nature and what it means to live on this earth. As a third-generation farmer, the author's roots go deep into the land but her work also captures her thoughts on such current issues as the environment, environmental identity, and animal ethics. Her writing is poetic, lyrical, and engaging. Part farmer, part poet, part activist, Armstrong engages her readers through her fascination and close involvement with both the natural and the human worlds.

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