Press for the book


Josh Volk of Slow Hand Farm - copyright Shawn Linehan
Slow Hand Farm CSA, Sauvie Island, Portland, Oregon. Photo by my good friend Shawn Linehan who took many of the photos featured in the book. Without her I wouldn’t have any photos of myself farming at Slow Hand Farm.


The book has been getting great press, so much I can’t keep up with posting all of it. I’ll work on turning this into its own page eventually but here’s a sample of the podcasts, radio interviews and blogs that have come out in the last few weeks.

This week, Slow Food USA did a really nice blog post on the book and did a great job of explaining on how it relates to the Slow Food movement. I’m so glad they picked up on this – many of the famers in the book are involved in the Slow Food movement and have been delegates at the international movement’s incredible Terra Madre event. I actually met one of the farmers featured in the book at Terra Madre in 2014 so it feels great to have them put the word out, and to informally endorse the book.

One of my personal favorite podcasts is the Farmer to Farmer Podcast. Chris Blanchard has now done over 100 hour long plus interviews of farmers all around the country, profiling their systems and digging into the details of what makes their farms unique. It was a real honor to be featured on the show and I may have been the first part time farmer to talk about how it’s possible to not be at the farm every day, or even every other day, but to still make everything work.

Jennifer Ebeling of the Still Growing Podcast put up a long – almost 2 hour! – interview where she asked me about pretty much every part of the book, and there’s a lot of backstory on the book and how the different farms made it into the book in this interview.

SG560: Turn Compact Spaces into Successful Market Farms with Josh Volk

Greg Peterson of the Urban Farm Podcast did a slightly shorter podcast that gets into my background, how I got into farming, and some more of my thoughts on what I’ve learned from farming.

Kevin Gallagher had me on his radio show, Digging in the Dirt on WPKN Community Radio in Bridgeport, CT, back in February when the book first came out.

Another very short little piece was on Living the Country Life, and their associated radio spot that you can hear there.

Here in Portland, I was recently on Weston Miller’s radio show, Grow PDX, on It’s always fun to talk with Weston, we’ve know each other for almost 20 years now and met in my early days of farming down in California. I hear there’s Facebook Live video of this interview somewhere on the Oregonian’s FB page, but I haven’t looked for it yet.

The Huffington Post kicked off a lot of the media with a nice little interview back just before the book was officially released in the beginning of February. It was a positively titled piece –The Local Food Movement Is Flourishing And Shows No Signs Of Stopping – at an uncertain time  just after the inauguration and from what I heard folks appreciated the little bit of good news it brought.

I really appreciate all of the folks who have wanted to hear more about the book and who have taken the time to interview me and allowed me to get my thoughts more widely heard. I’m starting to loose track of all of the interviews I’ve done recently so I hope I didn’t leave any out. I’ll be posting links to all of these on social media as well and I hope there’ll be more to help get the word out more widely.





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