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Bona Fide releases new book

Bona Fide Books will release "Why I Farm: Risking It All for a Life on the Land," by Sierra Valley Farms owner Gary Romano, on Thursday.

In "Why I Farm," Romano, a third-generation farmer, speaks from experience about today's most vital issues: how to live with purpose and how to protect our food supply, a press release stated. 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 that 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.

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

A book signing will be held that evening from 6-7 pm at Reno restaurant Campo, 50 N. Sierra St. in Reno. Visit for more information about Romano's market and other events.

For more information about Bona Fide,, call 530-573-1513 or visit