“We all worked together. Ate together. Sang together. Learned together. We had a good life. After living close to the natural cycles of the earth year after year, good and not good, we grew stronger and more resilient, learned to manage our occasional conflicts with tolerance and love.”
When Marlene Bumgarner and her husband moved to a rural plot of land in 1973, she thought of herself as simply a young mother seeking an affordable and safe place in which to raise her child.
By the time she left the land nearly a decade later, she had written two books and a weekly newspaper column, served as contributing editor to a national magazine, a college instructor, and a sought-after public speaker. Her natural food store, The Morgan Hill Trading Post, was the first one in her community.
Follow Marlene and her friends as they live on the land, coping with the challenges of rural life as Silicon Valley evolves into the high-tech center it is today, and the world in which they live transforms itself culturally, economically, and politically.
Back to the Land in Silicon Valley is a fascinating view from a personal perspective of the very early days of Silicon Valley and the lives of those who inhabited that place and time. Although I had certainly heard about the mysterious high-tech mecca that was Silicon Valley during the 1980s (it was the Shangri-la of employment opportunities for those of us earning degrees in Computer Science during that period), this book is a fascinating look at it during that time from an insider’s perspective from someone who was not a CEO or technology evangelist. For that, it is all the more valuable.