Why We Farm is a book for people who want to know the whole truth about life as a modern day farmer. Each chapter features a different model of farming. Farmers share the stories behind their work and their lives on the farm; the business side of production, the personal challenges they face, and words of advice for the would-be-farmer. DiBrigit asks hard questions and gives a reverent yet realistic picture of a thriving local food system.

  • Meet the young woman who started her own farm with just $6,000. (Leapfrog Farm)
  • Learn how one farmer makes a living from a one-acre crop. (Cache Creek Lavender)
  • Find out how four partners turned their desire to make a positive impact on the world into a thriving, multi-generational business. (Full Belly Farm)
  • Read about people who chose to start farming in their retirement. (Capay Valley Vineyards and Grumpy Goats Farm Olive Oil)
  • See how livestock ranchers are adopting ecologically beneficial methods. (Skyelark Ranch, Riverdog Farm, and Pasture 42)
  • Includes sidebars with useful information for new farmers!


  • “I read through the whole thing! It’s a wonderful story of the farms in the Valley. “
    Judith Redmond

  • “I’m always so amazed at the variety and success of all the agricultural businesses in the valley. It is an amazing story and deserves to be told.”
    Ralph Blaine

  • “Really enjoyable reading, and a fascinating education for me.”
    Aaron Sikes

  • “I read through the whole thing! It’s a wonderful story of the farms in the Valley. “
    Judith Redmo

Why We Farm’s author Elvira DiBrigit featured on Urban Farm Podcast

Urban Farm U is a wealth of information for gardeners and farmers alike. The questions Greg asks are relevant, personal and unique. In This Podcast Elvira shares how: The community of farmers that she lived in was rich with interesting

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Right to the Heart of the Matter

https://www.influencedbynature.com/episode11 I love the stirring introduction of this podcast, put together by Stine Eiersholt of Influenced by Nature. She got right to the heart of the matter, that farming is about land stewardship. She asked the great question: “How do

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Dinner on Main Street

http://www.dailydemocrat.com/health/20170912/woodlands-dinner-on-main-guests-in-for-a-few-surprises Woodland is getting ready to shut down Main Street and set up tables in the middle of the road. Every town should have an event like this! I’m so glad to be part of this community that comes together

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Indie Bound or Bust

As a new, self-published author, I’m experiencing a huge learning curve as I figure out the marketing side of things. It’s been exciting doing podcast interviews, and I’m lining up some local bookstore events. Today I’ve applied to be an

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Getting Down to Earth with Dr. Rob Moir

In my latest podcast tour interview, Dr. Rob Moir of the Ocean River Institute asks about a typical day of my life on the Gettleshtetl Garden homestead and how I came to Capay Valley. We also talk about what big

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