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CREEKSIDE FARM EDUCATION CENTER  339 Avery Creek Rd., Arden, NC. 28704  (828)

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Carrots Don't Grow on Trees

Building Sustainable and Resilient Communities

by Robert Turner, Executive Director, Creekside Farm Education Center  Pub date 2/15/19

“Great Writing! This story must be told.”
             -Wiley Cash, NY Times Bestselling Author

“Insightful and important. The future of local food and the ‘eat your view’ movement.”
   -Jason Frye, Author, Travel / Lifestyle Writer and Food Critic

Twelve years after Michael Pollan first opened our eyes to the modern problems of the industrial food complex, organic farmer and successful businessman Robert Turner explores what has changed in our food culture and how the current ‘grow local’ and ‘farm to table’ movement is now determining where and how we live.
   In Carrots Don’t Grow on Trees an organic farm takes center stage in a new kind of agriculturally-based community where residents gain closer connections to healthy food and the farmers who grow it. Turner wasn’t trying to build Utopia; the community he envisions is the next logical step for the ‘eat your view’ movement that has already changed restaurant menus around the world. Turner takes a no-nonsense business approach to saving small farms and protecting our local farming capacity while preserving the important knowledge of growing food for future generations.

"Bob Turner brings a unique and engaging perspective to a new way to rebuild community by bringing – as he puts it – “the table to the farm.”  Drawing on his own experience as a developer, Bob explores the potential of the agrihood to bring together farmers and developers in a new development model that cultivates community resilience and generates multiple social, ecological and economic solutions to some of the most challenging issues of our time.  A must read for anyone interested in the potential for food-focused community development to put us on the path to a sustainable and resilient future."

 

-Laura Lengnick, Lead Scientist, Cultivating Resilience, LLC and author of ‘Resilient Agriculture’.

Recent Press on the Agrihood:
“The newest trend in millennial living…Harkening back to simpler days” -NBC Nightly News
“Farm to table living takes root!” -New York Times
“Moving next to the farm… Heaven on earth” - CBS Sunday Morning
“Upscale Farm Living, and you don’t have to get your hands dirty” -The Wall Street Journal
“Why you should move to an Agrihood…hyperlocal produce” -Forbes Magazine


US: $16.95  CAN: $18.95      Pub Date: 2/1/19     ISBN: 9781946412454

5 1/2 x 8 1/2 trim size.  400 pages.  Paperback.  Also available in digital format for Kindle and Nook

Discovery Books is represented nationally to the trade by Continental Sales

Distributed by National Book Network
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P.O. Box 186 Skyland, NC. 28776    www.discoverybooksllc.com

Book can be preordered at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Author Bio

Robert Turner is a writer for regional food and lifestyle magazines, an entrepreneur, and the founder of multiple businesses in such diverse industries as manufacturing, licensing, publishing and real estate development.  Now the owner of an organic farm and Executive Director of the Creekside Farm Education Center, Turner is a dedicated advocate for local farmers and healthy food production.  Mr. Turner is a graduate from Illinois State University with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature.  He currently lives with his wife Kara on a working farm in the mountains of Western North Carolina.  They have two sons in college.

Mr. Turner can be reached at turnerrobert10@gmail.com 

"The organic, farm to table, 'eat your view' movement has gone from niche to mainstream and changed restaurant menus across the country and around the world."

"Rather than bringing food to where the people are, save the 1,500 miles and bring the people to where the food is. In fact, plant them right in the middle of it with the tomatoes and onions."

"This is where the local food movement is going, and it’s called the agricultural neighborhood, or agrihood. Why bring the farm to the table when you can bring the table to the farm?"

Quick Q&A:

Q:  Why did you write this book?

A:  People need to understand why it's important to support local farms and food production.  If we do nothing, than we resolve ourselves to live at the mercy of large multi-national corporations and food from far-away places.  I ask the question, "Do we really need to import chicken from China to save a few pennies?  And how risky is that to our food security and food sovereignty?"  We need to become a little more self-reliant at the local and community level.  It's the prudent thing to do in a changing world.

Q:  What makes you qualified to write a book like this?  What gives you the platform? 

A:  I take the reader with me as we learn together.  I started off knowing nothing, and like many people, I was naive to what was going on with the industrialized food complex and how our food came to us.  But I put some skin in the game (including millions of dollars), bought an organic farm, and started my own education in the hard knocks of local food production.  I put myself in difficult and risky situations and take the reader with me on this journey that ends up at the agrihood, which is the next logical step in the grow local, eat your view movement.

For a full Q&A sheet, an ARC, excerpts from the book, high res images of Creekside Farm and the agrihood, or to request an interview or speaking engagement, please contact the author at turnerrobert10@gmail.com

Sample Excerpts- Download a PDF

Opening from Introduction-  The Far-Distance Company

Opening from Chapter One- The Agricultural Community

Opening from Chapter Two- Carrots Don't Grow on Trees

Excerpt from Chapter Four- a walk with Alberto

Coming Publications from Robert Turner and Discovery Books

Eat Your View!   Agrarian Values and Food Culture     Pub Date: 10/1/19

 

The “Eat Your View” movement has gone from niche to mainstream and has changed restaurant menus across the country and around the world.  In a follow-up book to Carrots Don’t Grow on Trees, author Robert Turner answers the next logical question; who’s growing all this local food and why are they doing it?  It’s hard work out there in the organic fields of the sustainable food web with only the simplest of hand tools. 

 

In Eat Your View! Robert Turner defines a values-based and principle-centered approach to food production that can restore our health and create a more sustainable and resilient system for future generations.  Turner eloquently describes the character traits and values that are at the root of positive human behavior and sustainable living, and the result is a guidebook to finding peace and happiness, building lasting relationships, and regaining trust in our political and agricultural institutions.  The author shows how our actions come from who we are and gives a step by step pathway to the important principles behind good land stewardship, healthy food, and ultimately the principles that support a good life, a life with meaning and fulfillment.

 

Founding Farmers:  Agrarian Values and Virtue in America   Pub Date: 7/1/20

 

George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and many other founders and fighters in the American Revolution were farmers who were pulled away from their beloved homes and farms for a cause.  Robert Turner’s third book weaves stories of contrast between the founders farm and home life and the events that called them from it.  Even in the midst of war, we can see in their letters home that their hearts were never very far from the farm.  Turner shows us, in the words and actions of our founding fathers, how the land and agrarian values influenced our early democracy and the fight for independence.   Founding Farmers is a bold retelling of the founding of America that reveals the forgotten origins of our core democratic values.  Turner explains how these forgotten values can inspire success and happiness in government, in business, in agriculture, and in life.

 

Target Audience:

The target audience for all three books includes anyone who shops at Whole Foods, goes to the Farmers Market, or belongs to a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.   They will appeal to anyone interested in the subjects of healthy food and healthy lifestyles.

With over 9000 active farmers markets now operating across the United States, up from just 1700 over the past two decades, and thousands more Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs sprouting up everywhere, the grow local movement is changing our food culture.