The Award-Winning True Story
 of our farm!

Available at the farm, at bookstores throughout the nation and from Amazon


"... eloquently captures the profound relationship between people and the natural world." 
             - Richard Louv, author of The Nature Principle and Last Child in the Woods

"Skillfully crafted, poignant, and lovely. This is a walking tour like you've never experienced - the living history of a classic New England farm, and its enduring importance for our shared, sustainable future."
        - Forrest Pritchard, author of Gaining Ground and Growing Tomorrow

"... intimate and meticulously researched. Birth, death, and even tractors can be frightening; yet on this small farm in Somerville, Maine, they can be magnificent as well."
        -John Bunker, agricultural historian and author of Not Far From the Tree

"A  moving and hopeful tale of what farming has been and can become."
        -John Piotti, President of Maine Farmland Trust and author of From the Land: Maine Farms at Work

"A well-documented historical tapestry of the land and its surrounding community. Ever against a background of economic uncertainty, Kelly, Anil, and their young children strive to keep their farm alive for a seventh (and maybe eighth!) generation."
        -C.R. Lawn, founder of Fedco Seeds

"... an eloquent and beautiful story that shows us what an important role the family farm plays in our economy and in our culture."
        - Congresswoman Chellie Pingree

"... skillfully captures and reveals the human spirit, and the essence of life and spirit nurtured by the land's bounty - its place within their lives from the beginning of the available historical record to the present day."
        - Maine Senator Chris Johnson

2015 IndieFab Book of the Year!!

by Foreword Reviews!

Maine Literary Award Winner in 2016!

Join Kelly at an upcoming event: 

March 17, 2018 at 1 pm 
Vose Library
392 Common Rd, Union

June 14, 2018 at 6:30 pm 
Prince Memorial Library, 
266 Main St, Cumberland

Don Hewett aboard his model B John Deere with Keiran Roopchand

What happens when the last son leaves the farm, and the farmer grows old?  Do the stories of six generations whisper into silence, as dust darkens the windows of the empty barn? Is it too late to remember and revive?

Or can a young boy, running in yellow boots through abandoned fields, bring new life back to the farm? There is much to explore, and time to wonder. There is also, for a short while, a gentle old man, atop a faded John Deere tractor, and the possibility of connection...

An unforgettable true story of history and hope on a small family farm in Somerville, Maine, from its settling in the early 1800s to its perilous transfer to a new farm family in 2008. 

Chronicling the history of seven generations, it is a reminder of the role small farms have played in our national and family histories, and a challenge to find innovative ways to re-connect our communities to this rich but threatened resource.