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IRA’s FARM book launch

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May 8
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Virginia Johnson


The Workshop Brewing Company
221 Garland Street
Traverse City, MI 49684 United States
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Virginia Ginny Johnson just published her first book in her eighties about growing up on a self-sustaining farm in the 30’s and 40’s in Mesick, MI
Lets celebrate her book and learn more about that life (while drinking organic beer and scratch made food!)

Ira’s Farm:
A WWI veteran with a young family, Ira bought a sixty-acre farm in the rural community of Harlan Michigan just ninety days before the October 1929 stock market crash and its ensuing financial crisis.
He fashioned a living with a team of horses and a never-give-up work ethic on land his wife often called “sand banks” when a harvest failed. This memoir covers a thirty-year span of farming through the eyes of Ira’s daughter who went from a bare-footed carefree girl to a “hired hand” when her older brother joined the Navy in 1942. She drove horses, hauled hay, picked up stones, bagged milkweed pods and a myriad of other tasks. For senior citizens it may bring back childhood memories. Young readers will perhaps experience a tinge of fantasy or a scene from TV’s Walton family. An easy read about rural farm life in the thirties and forties.

Virginia “Ginny” Johnson lives in Traverse City, Michigan. As a free-lance writer, she has had non-fiction articles published in magazines such as Florida Living and Collectors News and Antiques Review, and in a 1996 stint of interviewing and writing about the lives of senior citizens for Active Years, a magazine distributed by the Traverse City Record-Eagle newspaper. She enjoys spending time with her four daughters and their families, as well as a good cup of coffee with friends, a competitive game of Scrabble or pinochle, and jigsaw puzzles.

I’m delighted by this memoir of growing up on a small, self-sufficient farm. If you’ve ever been curious about what farming life was like in America during the 1930’s, and why so many young farmers are returning to the land now, you’ll find Ira’s Farm fascinating and inspiring. — Jerry Dennis, Author, author of The Living Great Lakes and a Place on the Water