Horse Drawn Yogurt: Stories from Total Loss Farm

Horse Drawn Yogurt: Stories from Total Loss Farm a collection of true-life stories of a young man’s life on a Vermont farm commune at the height of the back-to-the-land movement

Horse Drawn Yogurt is a book of stories about Peter Gould’s decade on Total Loss Farm in Vermont. Peter moved to Vermont in the back to the land movement and turned all the living, eating, smoking, dancing, and loving, and gardening into fiction: his first novel Burnt Toast (Alfred A. Knopf, 1972) brought all that together. His second novel Write Naked (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2009)  won the National Green Earth Book Award for Young-Adult eco-fiction. Now, in Horse Drawn Yogurt, Gould has created a patchwork of true stories of farm life. In these stories you’ll learn how locals and newcomers helped each other out in a pivotal moment of history, and how young people new to the land learned how to tend gardens and farms, while belonging to a national movement—against the Vietnam war and for peace and justice around the world.

“This book is not a memoir,” Gould says. “It’s a comforter. I didn’t throw all those old clothes away. I cut and pieced them and sewed them together. Now they keep me warm.”

“Gould is the dramaturge of our wordly problems and sense of wondrous possibility—he is a national treasure.” —Howard Norman, author of Next Life Might Be Kinder and I Hate To Leave This Beautiful Place

“Beautiful humor . . . beautiful writing.”
—Vermont Public Radio

“Total Loss Farm in Guilford, Vermont, was and is a wordy place. Its hilly acres and flimsy buildings provided a refuge from a riven country, a place to grow paragraphs and stanzas, among the tilled rows of the market garden. Peter Gould’s first novel Burnt Toast was a youthful exploration of this mythic turf. Peter left the farm to pursue love and work. In Horse-Drawn Yogurt, Peter returns to offer his take on how we lived in times that seem exotic, yet oddly familiar. He is eloquent, whimsical, critical, musical, magical, and tender.” —Verandah Porche, poet & communard, author of East of Eden

“No matter where Peter’s going or what he’s doing or how far he’s moved on the miracle-strewn Peter Gould timeline, he has kept a remarkably open channel for the voices and concerns of real people.” —Karen Hesse

About the Author
Peter Gould, recipient of the 2016 Ellen McCulloch-Lovell Award in Arts Education from the Vermont Arts Council, wrote wrote the legendary back-to-the-land novel Burnt Toast (Alfred A. Knopf)—the first fictional treatment of the 1970s commune movement in New England. Peter’s young adult novel, Write Naked (Alfred Knopf won the Green Earth Book Award. Read more at

6 x 9 Paperback Original; $19.95
Pub Date: May 12, 2017
ISBN: 978-0-9982604-8-8
Available wherever books are sold. Distributed by Midpoint.