“It’s one thing to dream of leaving behind your career to follow a more sustainable path, but how many of us have the courage to actually make that leap?” asks Arianna Huffington, discussing Brent Preston’s The New Farm: Our Ten Years on the Front Lines of the Good Food Revolution.

Brent wasn’t always a farmer. In fact he worked many jobs – as a globe-trotting human rights investigator, aid worker, election observer and journalist before finding his true calling. In 2003 he and his family moved from Toronto to a run-down farm outside Creemore, Ontario. They have since built The New Farm into a thriving business, providing organic vegetables to some of Canada’s best restaurants.

Brent’s memoir of live on the New Farm has been praised as “refreshingly honest”, “must-read”, “hilarious”, “timely and important”. Top Chef Canada winner Carl Heinrich says reading it was “as entertaining as learning the origin story of a favourite superhero. Delicious food starts with the best ingredients, and no one sets a higher standard for the food they grow… they have forever changed the way I cook.”

Brent writes for the Huffington Post, and this summer he is writing a regular column on farming for The Globe and Mail.

Appearing in: 45. The New Farm: Food, People, Planet

Website: www.thenewfarm.ca
Book: www.penguinrandomhouse.ca/books/541711/new-farm