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Bringing back the small family farm

  In their mid-40s and newly married, Bob and Bonnie Gregson dropped out and bought a 13-acre farm near Seattle, Wash. in 1988. When the couple left their corporate jobs and city lives, they dreamed of making a "reasonable, community-oriented, non-exploitive, earth-friendly, and aesthetically pleasing living." They managed to succeed, after some trial and error, as new kinds of farmers: For a set annual fee, customers receive weekly grocery bags full of produce, nuts, and flowers from the farm. Anyone thinking of trading in the 9-to-5 rut for 2 to 10 acres can benefit from the Gregsons' Rebirth of the Small Family Farm: A Handbook for Starting A Successful Organic Farm Based on the Community Supported Agriculture Concept. The handbook generously offers advice on everything from crop selection to marketing strategies, and includes lists of helpful books, periodicals and seed companies to get the aspiring farmer started.


The 65-page booklet can be ordered for $9.95 from IMF Associates, P.O. Box 2542, Vashon Island, WA 98070.


* Danielle Desruisseaux