So We Bought the Farm

So We Bought the Farm

Product Description

When Steve Riddle moved his family to the country, he never planned on starting a farm. Raised a military brat accustomed to the nomadic life, he never dreamed about putting down roots and raising animals. Most of all, he never imagined he'd write a book about it. In this collection of anecdotes about raising sheep, goats, cattle, and chickens, Mr. Riddle is a storyteller in the classic sense. He takes readers on a frank, personal, and rollicking ride through the challenges, missteps, and disasters he has faced as a beginning farmer. Hold on to your hat and suspend your disbelief, because these stories are so outrageous, they must be true. Includes illustrations by award-winning Native American artist Anita Caldwell Jackson.

What folks are saying about this book

“After working with many beginning farmers, it’s great to hear someone share some of those unforgettable, but often embarrassing struggles on the farm. This book reminds us all of the many adventures, successes, failures, and adventures in this business of growing things.”

Dean Wilson
Agriculture & Rural Development Specialist & CPD
Jefferson County University of Missouri Extension

"In all my years visiting with beginning farmers, I've never met anyone with such an uncanny gift for storytelling. These intimate stories of high-jinx and disaster are tempered beautifully by an obvious love for farming. It's a must-read for anyone interested in the blunt reality of farm life. Steve Riddle is one-of-a-kind."

Taylor Reid
Founder, Beginning Farmers (
Doctoral Candidate, Community, Food, and Agriculture Department, Michigan State University

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Mediocre book, May 10, 2014
Didn't really enjoy reading this book. I do like stories about farm related life but even though this guy has impressive credentials later, his first experiences with livestock and country life were so naive/dumb that they weren't really amusing. You would think he and his wife would have researched things more before getting into these situations. Not sure I would read another of his books.

Just ok, April 2, 2014
This book was ok, just ok. My husband and I recently bought a ranch. I'm a city girl so I'm trying to read as much as I can so I can get as much information about this new lifestyle. I don't think this book was as detailed as it could have been.

Entertaining, February 22, 2014
Not being a big reader I really enjoyed reading the life and trials the couple went through. Short but very good.

funny but short, February 20, 2014
This is entertaining and I did learn a couple of new things but it was much shorter the I expected.

Hysterical, December 27, 2013
Absolutely hilarious. Funny to the point that you don't care if it is real or not. Laughed until tears ran down my face.

Very cute short book, October 31, 2013
If you are a city person who moves to the country you will love this little novel. It is funny and a fast read. I wish the book was longer I wasn't done reading the story!

Great funny story, September 19, 2013
While this wasn't what I would call an instructional book, it was full of cute funny stories and I'm sad that it wasn't longer.

Funny farm, June 22, 2013
It was okay but not anything to write home about. Gave me a few chuckles about farm life and reality.

Soooooo FUNNY!!!, June 17, 2013
What a great story teller. I laughed out loud a lot reading this book. Thank you, Steve, for encouraging my dreams to get out there and get farming! I cannot wait to get started. I think I'm going to read this book to my husbdand to encourage him, too. :)

nice short story, June 1, 2013
very cute short story and a quick read, not life changing but a great little story and would be great to read with kids.