When the hail starts to fall, Atina Diffley doesnâ€™t compare it to golf balls. Sheâ€™s a farmer. Itâ€™s â€śas big as a B-size potato.â€ť As her bombarded land turns white, she and her husband Martin huddle under a blanket and reminisce: the one-hundred-mile-per-hour winds; the eleven-inch rainfall (â€śthat broccoli turned out gorgeousâ€ť); the hail disaster of 1977. The romance of farming washed away a long time ago, but the love? Never. In telling her story of working the land, coaxing good food from the fertile soil, Atina Diffley reminds us of an ultimate truth: we live in relationshipsâ€”with the earth, plants and animals, families and communities.A memoir of making these essential relationships work in the face of challenges as natural as weather and as unnatural as corporate politics, her book is a firsthand history of getting in at the â€śground levelâ€ť of organic farming. One of the first certified organic produce farms in the Midwest, the Diffleysâ€™ Gardens of Eagan helped to usher in a new kind of green revolution in the heart of Americaâ€™s farmland, supplying their roadside stand and a growing number of local food co-ops. This is a story of a world transformedâ€”and reclaimedâ€”one square acre at a time.And yet, after surviving punishing storms and the devastating loss of fifth-generation Diffley family land to suburban development, the Diffleys faced the ultimate challenge: the threat of eminent domain for a crude oil pipeline proposed by one of the largest privately owned companies in the world, notorious polluters Koch Industries. As Atina Diffley tells her David-versus-Goliath tale, she gives readers everything from expert instruction in organic farming to an entrepreneurâ€™s manual on how to grow a business to a legal thriller about battling corporate arrogance to a love story about a single mother falling for a good, big-hearted man.