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The Accidental Farmer

The Story of Ross Farm

Joan Watson Murray Creed

128 pages
Nimbus Publishing

Nova Scotia's Ross Farm Museum is a living window into the province's agricultural history. Since the museum opened in 1970, it has been a favourite destination for school children, who have been educated about early times and farming. There, you can see straw hats being woven, wool being spun, and butter being churned. There is a blacksmith shop and a stave mill.

This delightful book, the latest in the Stories of our Past series, tells the story of the original Ross family who crossed the Atlantic in 1816, built a home, and overcame many challenges. Perfect for high-school students and general readers with an interest in local history. Illustrated with over 60 colour images, and including sidebar features and an index.

Author Bio

Joan Watson is known to many Canadians as the originator and host of CBC's highly popular Marketplace, a consumer-advocacy program. After a rich career in broadcasting, she chaired a task force on health care. She started Gaurdian Angels, a Canada-wide program through which seniors knit bonnets and booties for premature babies. Joan is a member of the board of trustees at Ross Farm Museum.

Murray Creed had a long career in agricultural writing and broadcasting. He was a farm commentator for CBC Radio and a series producer-director for CBC in Toronto, where his shows included Country Canada, This Land, and Marketplace. An avid researcher, he lives with his wife, Joan Watson, in Halifax.