The Artist and the Orchard: A Memoir by Linda Hoffman. Features an impressionist painting of trees.

The Artist and the Orchard: A Memoir


Many of us want to change our lives. This is the story of someone who did it.



"The Artist and the Orchard is a story about the gifts and demands of re-invigorating an apple orchard in central Massachusetts, but it is also much more than that. Linda Hoffman has written a meditation on change and continuity, a spiritual inquiry, and a celebration of both independence and community. Above all, The Artist and the Orchard is a plea for place, and an argument for just how essential a sense of it is to the human spirit. This is a clear, complex, and beautiful book."

—Jane Brox, author of Silence: A Social History of One of the Least Understood Elements of Our Lives


  • A memoir about art, place, persistence and the vicissitudes of life, written by Linda Hoffman, sculptor, poet, apple orchardist and mother of East Fork Founder, Alex Matisse
  • Published by Loom Press
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.75 x 8.75 inches and 204 pages
Linda Hoffman headshot, taken outside by a tree stump with green folliage in the background.

About The Author

Artist Linda Hoffman saved an orchard and reshaped her life at Old Frog Pond Farm in Harvard, Massachusetts, which today is one of the few organic pick-your-own orchards in New England, as well as a hub for a thriving community of visual artists, writers, and spiritual seekers. Hoffman is the mother of three children, a Zen practitioner, and a breast cancer survivor. (She's also East Fork founder Alex Matisse's mom.)

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