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Book talk: Atina Diffley, author of "Turn Here Sweet Corn"  

Dakota county organic farmer Atina Diffley gives a compelling first-hand account of the rewards and challenges of dealing with weather and corporate domination while working the land, growing food, and raising a family.
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The Book: Turn Here Sweet Corn

Turn Here Sweet Corn Book Cover

Nominated for a 2013 Minnesota Book Award!

"A wonderful read." Star Tribune, Nov. 25, 2012

In her own words, Atina Diffley's book Turn Here Sweet Corn "is a book for anyone who eats." It is the compelling story of a woman driven to farm, who marries an organic farmer and proprietor of a multi-generational farm in Dakota County. When the county takes their land for suburban development, they are forced to move. When Koch Refinery wants to put a pipeline through their new land, the Diffleys and the community fight back -- and win! The book will have you laughing, crying and cheering.

Hearing Atina speak is hopeful and inspiring. Her story about farming, the environment, and creating sustainable agricultural systems is one that affects us all!

Turn Here Sweet Corn was published in 2012 by the University of Minnesota Press. Several copies are available in the St. Kate's libraries -- check CLICnet for availablility.




Sponsoring Groups

Read more about the Sponsors

Thanks to the following organizations for their support of Atina's appearance at St. Kate's:

The St. Catherine University Libraries
(St. Paul & Minneapolis campuses)

HECUA (Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs)

SCU Office of Global Studies

SCU Core Curriculum

SCU Biology Department

SCU Food Justice Coalition



If you have questions about this event, please contact:

Kathi Rickert, Reference Librarian


Book Talk at St. Kate's

 Atina Diffley will speak about the experiences described in Turn Here Sweet Corn and about writing her book.

Join Us! Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

St. Catherine University, Rauenhorst Ballroom, Third Floor of the Coeur de Catherine

The public is invited to attend. Admission and parking on campus for the event are free.

 Books will be available for purchase, which may be signed by the author.


About the Author

Atina Diffley is an organic farmer and consultant, educator, public speaker, and author of the 2012 memoir, Turn Here Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works. From 1985 to 2008, she farmed and marketed with her husband Martin at the Gardens of Eagan, an urban-edge, organic vegetable farm, which he started in 1973 as one of the first certified organic produce farms in the Midwest.

Atina also is the editor and designer of Roger Blobaum’s Organic History Website, and the co-author and lead trainer for Wholesale Success: A Farmers Guide to Selling, Postharvest Handling and Packing Produce. For reflections, tips and decision-making tools subscribe to her on-line blog, What Is A Farm.


About the Moderator

Julia Frost Nerbonne is the director of HECUA's program, Environmental Sustainability: Science, Public Policy and Community Action, a Twin Cities-based program which is taught every Fall. She holds a Ph.D. in Conservation Biology from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. In addition to teaching with HECUA, she teaches in the department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology at the University of Minnesota.

 Julia's research interests include study of the connections between natural systems and human action, between science and citizen empowerment. "Most importantly," says Julia, "I consider myself to be part of a broader movement that embraces local communities, researching questions that they have identified, and working with them to better understand how to take action in their communities"  (Nerbonne, 2011, para. 3).


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