5 Favorite Books to Help You Connect

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Have you met our July Locally Grown featured business, Lisa Moser and Tumbledown Farm, yet? Lisa has shared 5 books to help you connect. Sometimes you need to connect; to yourself, to your loved ones, to your surroundings, to your community, to your purpose–something. Sometimes you don’t even know what it is until you re-connect to it.

books to help you connect

Connect To Your Surroundings:

Farm CategoryThe Barns of Lake County by Nancy Schumm-Burgess
An influence in rehabbing our barns! Our little one is underway… trying to preserve the old with something inspired for the future.

Connect To Your Food:

The Art of Preserving

A William Sonoma cook book that I love as it continues to teach me how to preserve some of what we pretend farmers try and grow here. The chutney recipes are my favorite, especially Stone-fruit and Curried Yellow Tomato Chutney.



Connect To Yourself:

Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears by Pema Chodron

This book is always by my night table and it is highlighted from head to toe. It helps me stay grounded in my journey in trying to grow a business and well, quite frankly, life in general.



Connect With Your Inner-Artist:
(and ultimately something deeper)

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

A dear friend gave me this book years ago when I was just trying to keep a journal. When we moved up here, I decided to keep it out and have continued to turn to it through out this process of starting a business. Cameron believes we all have an artist brain that is our “inventor” and gives simple examples of ways I can foster creativity that then spills over in so many positive ways, to all aspects of my life.

Connect With Your Surroundings And Food Sources:

The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food by Dan Barber

This is what I am reading right now with my husband. We love exploring what’s new in the food world and Barber writes about a “radical new way of thinking about food that will heal the land and taste good too.” It’s fascinating and we keep thinking about how we might be able to grow something here. I have already learned not to weed clover from the garden, for clover does an amazing job of “grabbing nitrogen from the atmosphere and storing it in its roots, so it provides the soil with sugars, protein, and minerals.” Who knew?

Be sure to come by Monday to read about Genevieve’s experience at Tumbledown Farm.

Tumbledown Farm
8750 Millburn Road, Old Mill Creek
224-372-7186 | [email protected] | Facebook


Disclosure: Tumbledown Farm is our featured Locally Grown Business of the Month. This series of features is part of a paid partnership with Little Lake County. Contact littlelakecounty[at]gmail[dot]com if you are interested in featuring your own locally-owned business in our series.

About Holly Garvey 108 Articles
Stay-at-home mom who works! On again/off again work in family real estate business, babysitter, dog rescue and historical society volunteer all while chasing my new-found dream to be a writer.I live in Antioch with my husband, Jake, and kids, Cecilia (5) and Mark (3), and our dog Isabella. I'm an aspiring vegan (I cheat a lot), Jazzercise addict and runner. As a family, we love to travel and spend time outdoors. I love to go antique shopping and garage sale-ing, cook, and read in my (rare) free time.

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