Drawn to the Land: The Romance of Farming

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9781934454404: Drawn to the Land: The Romance of Farming

This book takes the reader on a fascinating journey through the rural farming community. It tells how the small farmer has gone back to the land creating sustainable and natural solutions for raising livestock, organic vegetables and fruits, and milking dairy cows. This book is accented with richly colored paintings depicting the land and the people who love to live there.

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Elizabeth and Barton Cockey live in Baltimore, Maryland, but are better known in upstate New York for their work writing and illustrating local history and the farming community. While in Baltimore they enjoy antiquing, gardening, local history, and plein-air painting. Barton is a diagnostic radiologist for the Advanced Radiology group at Greater Baltimore county Medical Center. He has authored two other books: Upstate New York: Towns That We Love and Baltimore County: Historical Reflections and Favorite Scenes. Elizabeth is an art therapist who is an illustrator and designer. She works for the Good Samaritan Nursing Center and holds degrees in art and psychology, as well as a master's degree in art therapy.

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Drawn to the Land looks like a story book when you pick it up, with the rich colors and paintings you might expect in a children's book, but it's a lot more than that. Elizabeth & Barton Cockey have done a wonderful job with this book that will adorn many coffee tables because of it's beauty and it's stories of the farmland of upstate New York. This is the second book this husband and wife duo have done that takes them back to their roots and childhood. Elizabeth's oil paintings show the great love she has for her home state, with vibrancy and joy. The paintings really make Barton's stories come alive. He talks of many things that have always interested me like winemaking and and the fresh fruit and vegetable stands, homemade ice cream and the forgotten machinery of the nineteenth century. When I first got this book I was sure it was going to be something different and I was really pleased that it turned out to be a really enjoyable book about upstate New York, which is a wonderful area of the country. I was sold on it immediately. It is a quick read that gives a lot of focus to the paintings which are just beautiful.  I'm giving this one 4 out of 5 apples from my book bag.

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 Drawn to the Land is a beautiful book to hold in your hands and read. It is a feast for the eyes with beautiful landscape drawings which capture the essence of country life. Between its sparse pages, are the stories of families interwoven with a region s history of farming. The Upper Hudson River Valley is rich in culture, history, rolling hills, and the farms which dot its countryside and the husband and wife team of Barton and Elizabeth Cockey have captured the region well in their latest book. Organized into sections by the seasons of the year, the book briefly explores the farming traditions and sense of community found in the families of upstate New York who continue to work hard to sustain their farms while battling federal regulations and economic challenges. The book provides the reader with a basic understanding of the history of farming, touching on interesting facts about such things as the invention of the silo and its slide into obscurity in just over a century. On their travels around the region, the Cockeys visited dairy farms, sugarhouses, beekeepers, chicken farms, orchards and wineries. They succinctly provide information about the danger of antimicrobials used in large farming industries, and how important the small organic farms are to our nation and its health. There is a wealth of information about the variety of products produced including beef, chicken, maple syrup, honey, potatoes, and corn. I read this book in less than an hour, pausing to admire the artwork and reading the captions beneath the pictures which add a homey feel to the text. This is a simple book that serves to capture the essence of a region, rather than to inundate the reader with too many facts. Parents who want to share the idea of sustainable farming with their children would find this a useful and educational book; but anyone who desires to understand and connect to the small farms of the Northeast will enjoy a stroll through the pages of Drawn to the Land. This is a quiet, folksy book about the culture of farming in the United States and one which I was happy to read. Recommended.

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