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An Ecobiography
by Kayann Short

August 2013 | Nonfiction | 978-1-937226-19-0 | 215 pp | $14.95 

From her grandparents’ farms in mid-century North Dakota to her own Stonebridge Farm, a ten-acre, organic, community-supported agricultural farm (CSA) on the Colorado Front Range today, Kayann Short shows how small-scale, local, organic agriculture can borrow lessons of the past to cultivate sustainable communities for the future in this personal love story of land.



2014 Nautilus Silver Winner

2013 May Sarton Memoir Award Finalist

A Bushel’s Worth is my favorite kind of nonfiction. Not only is it about many topics close to my heart—gardening, food, family—it is a beautifully told story, and a love story at that, centered around the love of a couple, their love for the land, and a community’s love for a way of life. This book forever changed my perspective and awareness as I ‘walk out’ in my own garden.”
—KARTINA KITTLE, author of The Blessings of the Animals ​

“A heartfelt meditation on farm, food, and family. A Bushel’s Worth tells a love story of the land and a life spent caring for it.”
—HANNAH NORDHAUS, author of The Beekeeper’s Lament: How One Man and Half a Billion Honeybees Help Feed America


“With a companionable mix of literary and earthy sensibilities, Kayann Short writes with graceful, ferocious attentiveness [and] finds reassurance for herself and her modern family in ‘the old wisdom of the fields.”
author of Rising Fire: Volcanoes & Our Inner Lives


“[A] beautifully written and sensually rich ‘ecobiography’ of farm life . . . A Bushel’s Worth is a loving natural history – of a farm, a marriage, and a way of life that has changed interestingly and dramatically over just a few generations.”
author of Organic Gardener’s Companion: Growing Vegetables in the West



KAYANN SHORT, Ph.D., is a writer, farmer, teacher, and activist at Stonebridge Farm, an organic community-supported farm in the Rocky Mountain foothills. She has directed memoir and digital storytelling projects with community elders, adult literacy students, and non-profit organizations. Her writing has appeared in Women’s Review of BooksThe Bloomsbury Review, Edible Front Range, and Colorado Gardener. Besides growing delicious food at Stonebridge, Short teaches the important place of organic food production and agricultural preservation in a healthy, environmentally sustainable community.

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