Dirt Back to the Land in Poetry
Errol Hess, the son of a West Virginia factory worker, moved 300 miles south in the early 1970s to begin farming with his new wife. Together, they raised tobacco (to sell), vegetables (to eat), and a crop of healthy children.
Like many members of the back-to-the-land movement, the family fled the poverty of small-holding and returned to town a dozen years later. But their lives and the farm's soil were both left a little richer for their time spent listening to the land.
Author: Errol Hess
Publisher: CreateSpace, 2016