Eureka resident Atina Diffley publishes book about organic farming

By Nathan Hansen
Farmington Independent

Diffley_Turn coverThere is more drama than you might expect in the world of organic farming. Bad weather and legal battles. Romance. Even some menacing coyotes.

Atina Diffley has captured much of that drama in Turn Here Sweet Corn, a recently published memoir that records more than three decades of her life as a pioneering organic farmer in the Midwest, first in Eagan and later in Eureka Township. The book, published by University of Minnesota Press, was released April 1.

Diffley grew up wanting to be a farmer. Her parents both grew up on farms, and while the family had a 100-acre property when Diffley was a child they also had off-farm income. For Diffley, it was the best of both worlds. She got an early exposure to agriculture, but without the chores most farm kids have.

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