Robert Whitescarver is an environmentalist, farmer, bird enthusiast, and although he finds it can be perceived negatively, he is a proud “tree hugger”— and that is all just in his free time. Professionally, Whitescarver is a watershed restoration scientist, educator, and writer. In his new book, “Swoope Almanac,” he brings together all of these passions to educate readers on what farmers and the public can do to contribute to a healthier Chesapeake Bay watershed, all while telling the love story between himself and his land, work, and wife.
“Swoope Almanac: Stories of love, land, and water in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley,” is a collection of educational essays, personal stories, poems, and thoughts. Whitescarver’s humorous writing about his experiences with his wife, Jeanne, takes the reader on a emotional roller-coaster of farm life. One second you’ll be ready to sign up to help on the farm when Whitescarver describes the beauty of Virginia, and the next you’ll read about a cow’s uterus accidentally falling out.