Sierra Valley farmer Gary Romano authors ‘Why I Farm’ |

Sierra Valley farmer Gary Romano authors ‘Why I Farm’

Gary Romano's new book will be released in June.

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — On June 6, Bona Fide Books will release “Why I Farm: Risking It All for a Life on the Land,” by Sierra Valley Farms owner Gary Romano. A book signing will be held that evening from 6-7 p.m. at Campo, Mark Estee’s Reno restaurant.

In “Why I Farm,” third-generation farmer Romano speaks from experience about today’s most vital issues: how to live with purpose and how to protect our food supply. The author documents a disappearing way of life and issues a wake-up call, describing his metamorphosis from a small boy growing up on a farm to adult white-collar worker and his ultimate return to the land. He details specific issues small farms face today, and how they will challenge our food future. This book is his attempt to educate and enlist farmers and consumers in a call to action.

“This book is full of great stories, history and current information on where we are as a nation with our food and farming,” said Mark Estee, executive chef and owner of Campo. “This book works on so many levels — the next time you are shopping or eating, you’ll be able to answer the question ‘Do you know where your food comes from?’”

Romano owns and operates the 65-acre Sierra Valley Farm in Beckwourth, Calif. and hosts the state’s only certified organic on-farm farmers’ market each Friday, 10 a.m.-2:30 from May 31 through mid-Sept. Romano also holds “Dinners in the Barn” and can be found weekly at the Tahoe City and Truckee farmers’ markets.

His next book, “July & Winter: The Growing Seasons of the Sierra for Farmers and Gardeners,” is a how-to guide to growing in the challenging Sierra climate to be published in 2014 by Bona Fide Books.

Campo is located at 50 N. Sierra St. in downtown Reno. “Why I Farm” is available June 6 through Bona Fide Books, local bookstores and gift shops, at Romano’s farmers’ markets and on Amazon. Go to for more information about Romano’s market and other events.

Bona Fide Books is an independent press in South Lake Tahoe helping writers find their readers and building literary community in the Sierra. For more information, call 530-573-1513, visit, or find them on Facebook.

About the Author

After a childhood spent pulling weeds and planting seeds, Gary Romano received a master’s degree in recreation administration from California State University, Chico, and worked as a park ranger and county park administrator before returning to the farm. This book is his attempt to educate and enlist farmers and consumers in a call to action. Check out Gary, his produce, and events at Sierra Valley Farms.

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