Out in Blue Fields: A Year at Hokum Rock Blueberry Farm

Janice Riley & Stephen Spear

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In this series of deft and beautifully written essays, conservationist Stephen Spear and journalist Janice Riley chronicle a year of cultivating blueberries on Cape Cod's Hokum Rock Farm. Spear's family has owned the farm since 1973 and began cultivating blueberries exclusively in 1986, selling thousands of pints each season. The photographs and stories, a blend of meditation, autobiography, and practical knowledge, inspire thoughts on the reasons farming is important and the ways we find meaning in the natural world. Learn about the history of blueberry cultivation, the biodiverse flora and fauna on the farm, and facts about blueberries. Also try out the mouth-watering recipes such as lemon pound Bundt cake with blueberries, easy graham crust blueberry pie, and blueberry-cranberry cobbler. Fans of farm tales and agricultural musings, or simply Cape Cod, will appreciate this celebration of blueberries and a life lived close to nature.

Size: 7 1/2" x 9" | 367 b/w & color images | 192 pp
ISBN13: 9780764354533

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Conservation specialist Stephen Spear has worked for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for more than 30 years in the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). He holds a BA in English from the University of Utah and a BS in plant and soil science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He has been a farmer and gardener for more than forty years. Janice Riley is a writer, photographer, and webmaster. She worked as a journalist for more than thirty years, starting out with a small newspaper. She then became a documentary editor, director, videographer, and writer with PBS, Christian Science Monitor, and independently as Riley Films. She has also worked in education, as well as museums and libraries on Cape Cod. She has a BA in anthropology from Wellesley College and has been gardening for more than thirty years, blueberry farming for fifteen years.