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Lesson 777 – Gaining Ground by Forrest Pritchard – interview

gaining groundHey folks, there’s a new farming/organic living book out that is generating a lot of buzz. Written by Forrest Pritchard (and with a foreword by Joel Salatin) Gaining Ground is the true story of how a young man chose to take on the task of literally saving the family farm by turning it into an ethical and profitable way to make a living.

It’s a great story filled with ups and downs, humor and life lessons. In short, it’s the kind of book that makes you feel good after reading it. That’s the kind of story that I love most to read.

You can tell me about an adventure and I might read your book, but tell me how that adventure changed you and what you learned as a result and chances are, your book will make it to my reading list. Gaining Ground falls in the latter category, it simply was a pleasure to read and from which to learn. I have tremendous respect for Forrest, not only for his accomplishments and how he was able to share them, but quite frankly, anyone who sends a picture of himself kissing a chicken is first rate in my book.


Forrest Pritchard

Forrest Pritchard

I was able to ask Forrest some questions about his farming experiences. 

What’s the one lesson you want people to get from your farming experience? Continue reading



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Lesson 774 – Quotable Chicks

Friday’s Quotes for the Chicks


Graffiti from my daughter’s overnight camp.

It’s the eve of a long weekend. All the chicks have returned to the nest from college and it’s the official start of summer. Rain is in the forecast but that’s never stopped us from celebrating the beginning of the “lemonade and outdoor swimming” season. And have I told you that there is a Budweiser facility (complete with a full Clydesdale hitch) located in our town?

Doesn’t get much better than that.

Next week is going to be exciting. I’ll have a book review on Forrest Prichard’s “Gaining Ground.” Forrest a young farmer who is determined to change how farms work. He’s written a terrific and funny book on his experiences in saving the family farm. I contacted him and he’s graciously answered a few questions for an interview and he’s even sent a picture of him posing with a chicken.

Now that’s my kind of farmer.

There will be a few more Chicken Shaming photos and I’ve gotten some good feather sexing photos.  Next week, based on a compilation of young chick neck feather photos, you’ll see whether the sexing by an index card method really works.

Also, I have a big, BIG surprise that will be arriving this weekend. Not going to count the proverbial chicks before they hatch (hint, hint) but let’s just say that I think the readers of this blog are going to be very, very happy to see what this surprise is.

I know I will be.

Happy Memorial Day and a big, sincere “thank you” to all who have served for our country.


As always, peaceful weekend everyone, health and happiness (and safety) to your flock.

Wendy Thomas writes about the lessons learned while raising children and chickens in New Hampshire. Contact her at Wendy@SimpleThrift.com

Also, join me on Facebook to find out more about the flock (children and chickens) and see some pretty funny chicken jokes, photos of tiny houses, and even  a recipe or two. 

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