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By Jessica Gigot. Oregon State University Press, 2022.

In “A Little Bit of Land,” Jessica Gigot explores the intricacies of small-scale agriculture in the Pacific Northwest, the evolving role of women in this traditionally male-dominated industry, and issues of sustainability, economics, and health within our food system. Gigot alternates between sharing the joys and challenges of small farm life and reflecting on her influential experiences outdoors and in classrooms throughout the region—from Ashland in southern Oregon to Washington State’s Skagit Valley. Through her journey, she uncovers the meaning of finding roots, starting a family, and cultivating contentment in this distinctive part of the world.

Jessica Gigot, a poet, farmer, and writing coach, resides on a small sheep farm in Washington State’s Skagit Valley. Her second book of poems, “Feeding Hour,” won a Nautilus Award and was a finalist for the 2021 Washington State Book Award. Her writing and reviews have appeared in publications such as the New York Times, Seattle Times, Orion, Terrain.org, and Poetry Northwest. Currently, she serves as a poetry editor for The Hopper and was a 2022 Jack Straw Writer.