For those who are thinking of chucking it all, moving to the country and starting your own farm, you first might want to read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, by Barbara Kingsolver. She outlines how she and her family decided to leave their home in Tucson, Arizona and live on her family’s farm in Virginia to eat locally for a year, with much of the food coming from their own garden/farm. They even raised their own poultry and canned their own produce.
Lastly, one of my absolute favorite authors is David Mas Masumoto. He is a second generation Japanese American Farmer, and he writes about the difficulties and the pleasures of continuing with the farming life in Central California, particularly as an organic and sustainable farmer. He is a slow food advocate and his books weave together stories of family and farming. He is a wonderful storyteller and is considered by many to be one of the most important voices of the sustainable food movement. His books include Epitaph for a Peach, Harvest Son: Planting Roots in American Soil, and Wisdom of the Last Farmer: Harvesting Legacies From the Land.