Community Read 2014
Turn Here Sweet Corn
ORGANIC FARMING WORKS
Turn Here Sweet Corn is part personal memoir, part organic farming manual, and part David and Goliath triumph story as a small organic farm takes on a Koch brothers proposed crude oil pipeline through their farming area. It presents a vivid chronicle of the joys, stresses and beauties of organic farming as a way of life. In addition, it is a coming of age story, in which a teenager looking for where she belongs in the world grows into a strong, passionate leader in organic agriculture. And there's also a touching love story.
- Related Special Events (all free)
- Author Profile
- Discussion Groups
- The Community Read Program and How it Works
- Discussion Guide
Earth Matters—A Juried Art Show All Month Northwind Arts Center
Juror: Michael Paul Miller Opening Reception March 1 (Sat) 5:30 pm
The show features the work of regional artists. Refreshments will be served at the opening.
PT Shorts March 1 (Sat) Pope Marine Building 7:30 pm
Community Readers' Theatre—Readings from Turn Here Sweet Corn, by local farmers.
KPTZ 91.9 FM Radio Shows March 3–27
Airs excerpts from Turn Here Sweet Corn; and the Book Lover's Café radio show interviews
author Atina Diffley. Listen to Atina Diffley interview here.
Real Sweet Corn for Our Organic Farms
March 5 (Wed) Library Learning Center 6:30 pm
Presentation by Organic Seed Alliance board member, Prof. John Navazio.
Earth Matters—Art Show Talk
March 9 (Sun) Northwind Arts Center 1:00 pm
With Michael Paul Miller, Juror for the show.
Film: Turn Here Sweet Corn March 16 (Sun) Rose Theatre Noon
A Point of View/PBS production, with a discussion following the showing.
Cooking with Fresh Organic Produce March 17 (Mon) 5:00 pm
Class at Sweet Laurette's Café—Reservations Required! Call 385-4886 to reserve a space.
Turn Here Sweet Corn from A Writer's Perspective
March 24 (Mon) Library Learning Center 6:30 pm
Presentation by Port Townsend Community Read Project Scholar, Judith Kitchen.
Meet the Author: Atina Diffley March 27 (Thur) PTHS Auditorium 7:00 pm
Atina Diffley will discuss Turn Here Sweet Corn. An audience question session will follow her
talk. Copies of her book will be available for sale to be autographed by the author at the end
of the presentation.
Potluck & Corn Dance with Atina Diffley
March 28 (Fri) Quimper Grange Hall 5:00–8:00 pm
Dance to the music of Martin Diffley and the Pheromones. Food will be served. Bring a snack to share if you wish. Quimper Grange is at 1219 Corona St. (just off Sheridan).
Also during March—School activities related to the book will be held at Grant Street
School and Port Townsend High School.
Raffle: WEEKLY Summer CSA ORGANIC VEGETABLES, BERRIES and FLOWERS
from Red Dog Farm. Friends of the Port Townsend Library will be selling raffle tickets
($5 per ticket) all month at the Library and at all Community Read events. Author Atina
Diffley will draw the name of the winner at her presentation on March 27. Need not be
present to win.
Atina Diffley is an organic vegetable farmer who now educates consumers, farmers, and policy-makers about organic farming through the consulting business Organic Farming Works LLC, owned by her and her husband, Martin. From 1973 through 2007, the Diffleys owned and operated Gardens of Eagan, one of the first certified organic produce farms in the Midwest.
She presently serves on the board of Minnesota Institute of Sustainable Agriculture as Secretary/Treasurer, as Vice President of the Organic Seed Alliance, as Vice
President of the Midwest Organic Sustainable Education Services Board, and as Vice
President for the Organic Field School at Gardens of Eagan.
March 3 (Monday) Book Lovers' Café 2:00 pm, Library Learning Center (Pink House)
March 11 (Tuesday) Pippa's Real Tea 5:00 pm, 636 Water Street
March 13 (Thursday) Pourhouse 6:00 pm, 2231 Washington Street
March 20 (Thursday) Hilltop Tavern 7:00 pm, 2510 W. Sims Way
March 25 (Tuesday) Food Co-op 3:00 pm, 414 Kearney Street (Dining Area)
The City of Port Townsend has proclaimed March as the official "Reading Month."
Community Read is designed to promote closer ties among community members
through the shared experience of reading, sharing and discussing the same book and
ideas related to topics raised by the book.
• A limited number of free copies of the book will be available at the Port Townsend
Public Library on a first-come first-served basis. Additional copies will be available
at the Library on two-week loans; or you may purchase a copy at the Library
circulation desk for the cost of the book to the Library. This book is also available
through local bookstores, the Port Townsend Food Co-op and online booksellers.
• Read the book; then pass it on to others.
• Prepare for a discussion about the book with your own book group or join in the
groups listed below. A brochure with discussion issues and questions is available at
• Attend the many related events in the community during the month of March.
This program is funded in part by a grant from Humanities Washington, a state-wide
nonprofit organization supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the
State of Washington, and by the Friends of the Port Townsend Library.
Thank you to our other supporting partners: Port Townsend Food Co-op, Jefferson County Farmers Markets, Organic Seed Alliance, Radio KPTZ 91.9 FM, Port Townsend
School District, Rose Theatre, Northwind Arts Alliance, Red Dog Farm, and Key City Public Theatre (for PT Shorts).