Kyle T. Kramer (author); A TIME TO PLANT; Sorin Books (Autobiography & Memoir) $15.95 ISBN: 9781933495262
Byline: Andi Diehn
Other people have found God in the garden, but most of them can't also write as well as Kyle T. Kramer. In his memoir about living an authentic life with his family on twenty acres in Indiana, this amateur organic farmer and divinity school graduate shares his doubts, his depression, his joy in the face of physical work, and the deft way he maintains a life of the mind even as he adds to the dirt under his fingernails.
It was while living and teaching in the city of Atlanta that Kramer decided the farming life was for him. He became more convinced that farming was his calling when he found a patch of land just an hour from where his parents lived. The land was damaged and neglected, but when Kramer looked at it, he saw home.
Creating that home wasn't easy, especially when he and his wife were surprised by the arrival of twins. Building the barn and house; creating market gardens and hay fields; forming bonds with neighbors, colleagues, boarders and new friends; and still making time and room for prayer nearly brought Kramer to his knees in defeat. Strength, however -- both inner and physical strength -- prevailed, and he is now even stronger for his experiences.
It's not just his back and hands that have strengthened from this work. Building a house for his family and tending...