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 offer 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.
  • Learn how one farmer makes a living from a one-acre crop. 
  • Find out how four partners turned their desire to make a positive impact on the world into a thriving, multi-generational business.
  • Read about people who chose to start farming in their retirement. 
  • See how livestock ranchers are adopting ecologically beneficial methods.
  • Includes sidebars with useful information for new farmers!

Foreword by Craig McNamara – President, CA State Board of Food & Agriculture




  • “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

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 you make a sustainable agricultural business that is economically doable

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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 to celebrate the farms in the area. And I’m proud

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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 IndieBound affiliate. This will give readers the choice to buy

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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 takeaways I had while writing Why We Farm. We spoke

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Signs of Labor Shortage

In the seventeen years I’ve been living here in Capay Valley, I have never seen signs like these. On my drives to town this summer, I’ve noticed there are several hiring signs posted. lFarm labor shortage is a real thing, and it’s hitting close to home for all of us.

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