Hey, soil sister: Atina Diffley

By Kim Palmer
Star Tribune

Diffley_Turn coverIt took a while, but Atina Diffley has finally broken her habit of dressing like a farmer.

"I don't get up in the morning and put on dirty clothes anymore. I kept doing it for three years," she admitted with a hearty laugh.

Now the organic farmer turned writer, teacher and consultant has to get her exercise at the gym. She's even started wearing makeup, a concession to promoting her just-published memoir, "Turn Here Sweet Corn." "I've had to shift my image of myself," Diffley said.

"She kept saying, 'I don't believe in makeup. I am what I am,'" said chef and author Beth Dooley, Diffley's writing mentor. So how did Dooley finally persuade her? "I told her it was no different than garnishing a plate."

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