Scottie Jones lived a typical suburban, professional life in Phoenix until her husband, Greg, got into a near-fatal car accident. While recovering, he became convinced that they needed a change and a simpler way of life, one more connected with nature and with each other. So, driven by a desire to cut ties with a material and convenient suburban life that had left them feeling empty, they bought a peaceful-looking farmhouse on sixty acres in Oregon and said goodbye to everything they knew.

But though the grass may look greener, the road to pastoral bliss is fraught with financial woes, relentless rural roadblocks, and colossal failures. When the burden becomes almost too much to bear, Scottie hits on the idea of turning a house they initially built for their daughter into a farm stay, where people could visit and learn about Leaping Lamb Farm. The farm stay becomes the niche that rescues them from foreclosure -- having found both a sense of purpose and a sense of place, the couple now finds the means to sustain it.

In a world increasingly filled with questions of where our food comes from and dissatisfactions about our modern lives, Country Grit is a story that will resonate with countless people itching to get back to the land. Told with humor and hard-earned wisdom, it is also an account of what small-scale farmers across the country experience every day and a warning that the farming life is not for everyone.

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Scottie will be signing books in her booth at the Oregon Small Farms Conference on Saturday, February 24th from 9am to 4pm. 

Location: Oregon State University Campus in Corvallis at the LaSells Stewart Center and CH2M Hill Alumni Center

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For the Memoirist, It's Personal

University of Arizona Campus, Student Union Kachina: Scottie will be participating in a panel discussion at the Tuscon Festival of Books on March 10, 2018 from 11:30AM to 12:30PM. Book signing will be held afterward at the UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) following the presentation.

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Reading and Signing

Reading and signing at Elm Street Books in New Canaan, CT on Saturday, March 24th, from noon-2:30PM.

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Reading and Signing

Reading and signing at BookBar in Denver, CO on Thursday, April 26th from 7:30PM to 9:00PM

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