“Pot Farm” Comes to DFW NORML
Posted on: March 29, 2012
Recently we were contacted by Matthew Gavin Frank, Michigan-based author of the new book “Pot Farm.” It’s a behind the scenes exploration of a Northern California medical marijuana farm, based on his experience as a seasonal employee. He sent us a copy, so to say thanks we’re sharing information about this fantastic book with you.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
After eight months in his childhood home helping his mother through her bout with cancer, Matthew Gavin Frank and his wife were themselves desperate for comfort. They found sanctuary in the most unlikely place – amid a collection of outcasts and eccentrics on a plot of land miles outside their comfort zone: a “mostly medical” marijuana farm in California.
Pot Farm details the strange, sublime, and sometimes dangerous goings-on at Weckman Farm, a place with hidden politics and social hierarchies, populated by recovering drug addicts, alternative healers, pseudo-hippie kids, and medical marijuana users looking to give back. There is also Lady Wanda, the massive, elusive, wealthy, and heavily armed businesswoman who owns the farm and runs it from beneath a housedress and a hat of peacock feathers. Frank explores the various roles that allow this industry to work – from field pickers to tractor drivers, cooks to yoga instructors, managers to snipers, illegal immigrants to legal revisionists, and the delivery crew to the hospice workers on the other end. His book also looks at the blurry legislation regulating the marijuana industry as well as the day-to-day logistics of running such an operation and all the relationships that brings into play.
Through firsthand observations and experiences (some influenced by the farm’s cash crop), interviews, and research, Pot Farm exposes a thriving but unsung faction of contemporary American culture.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Matthew Gavin Frank is an assistant professor of creative writing at Northern Michigan University. He is the author of Barolo, available in a Nebraska Paperback, and the poetry collections Sagittarius Agitprop, Warranty in Zulu, and The Morrow Plots.
“Frank takes the reader into the fields, where a pair of good clippers can make or break a man, and describes the intricate methods used to cut and dry the product to ensure good quality… Investigative research coupled with personal reflections on a controversial arena of American farm production.” – Kirkus Reviews
“Pot Farm is a simultaneously beautiful, dark and life-affirming story.” – John Warner, Inside Higher Ed
“This engaging memoir chronicles the unusual route the author and his wife took to mental rehabilitation after Frank’s mother’s grueling, months-long battle with cancer: they took up residence on a medical-marijuana farm in Northern California. . . . A highly entertaining tale.” – David Pitt, Booklist
“Pot Farm is the curious and compelling tale of a hazy season spent harvesting medical marijuana. The cast of characters rivals those found in the finest comic fiction, except these folks are real, and really peculiar. Pot Farm is smart, sly, revelatory, often laugh-out-loud funny, and entirely legal.” – Dinty W. Moore, author of Between Panic and Desire
“Sex, politics, intrigue, crime, adventure, life and death – it’s all here, in a strangely compelling hybrid of action flick meets postmodern philosophical meditation meets Cheech and Chong. This compulsively readable exposé from a self-proclaimed ‘unreliable narrator’ has it all, including a cast of outcast characters who simply jump off the page.” – Gina Frangello, author of Slut Lullabies