Rural Free

Rural Free

A Farmwife's Almanac of Country Living
Peden, Rachel
Distribution: World
Publication date: 08/10/2009
Format: Paperback 12 b&w illus.
ISBN: 978-0-253-22161-2
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Rural Free, first published in 1961, beautifully conveys the joys of family life on an Indiana farm. Marked by the slow pace and rich variety of seasonal change, Rachel Peden’s narrative offers an authentic month-by-month chronicle of her family’s daily adventures. Today, as the slow-food movement gathers support and more urban dwellers return to the land to plant roots again in honest soil, Peden’s stories of country life and her lessons on sustainability, frugality, and wastefulness gain a special resonance. Rural Free will be a source of inspiration for all who rejoice in rural virtues and the spiritual freedom of country life.

Author Bio

Rachel Peden (1901–1975) was a newspaper columnist and author of The Land, The People and Speak to the Earth.


Nature springs from these pages. Rachel gently reminds us that we owe the future our past. May this book light a warm fire in the hearts of many eager to somehow counter the speed and urbanization of modern society and culture. Let wild things be wild and do not be afraid.How much finer our lives would be if we were as attentive to our surroundings as Rachel Peden was to her family, farm, neighbors, and neighborhood. Her ear was equally attuned to rural speech and the grammar of cows, to the creaking of an old house and the chirring of crickets. She rejoiced in every phase of the turning year, every hatching and harvest, every birdsong and blossom, every kind of weather and useful work. Now we can rejoice in the reprinting of this marvelous book.Before I knew it, the year had passed, and I felt energized, optimistic, and entertained—as if I had spent the period actually in the company of Rachel Peden.

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