"Of The Earth" is a compilation of oral histories garnered from Oswego County muck farmers. Oswego County, located in Central New York, is home to about 4,000 acres of muck land, an organic-rich soil that produces high-quality vegetables. The book includes narration by muck farmers, their families, neighbors and agricultural support staff on how the mucks were formed and modernized and why living a muck-farm life is a unique experience. Includes photographs and maps to illustrate the stories.
About the Author
Jim Farfaglia is a former teacher and camp director. He grew up and still resides in rural Oswego County, situated near Lake Ontario in Upstate New York. He has published two books of poems: Country Boy, a testimonial to his farming family and rural roots, and People, Places & Things: The Powerful Nouns of My Life. Jim is also the co-author of Camp Hollis: The Origins of Oswego County's Children's Camp and the editor of Harvest and I Live As a Cloud, two collections of children's writing. Jim has also published two anthologies of local history: Fulton: The Stories From Our Past That Inspire Our Future and Of the Earth: The Stories of Oswego County's Muck Farm. His poetry has been featured in "Farming Magazine," "The Garden & Farm Almanac," and in several literary anthologies. Jim's poems are featured in The Valley News' weekly column, "Poetry Corner." Jim maintains a website at jimfarfaglia.weebly.com.