Kathy Coatney

Olives

Farmer Nick and Farmer Charlie are olive guys. They are neighbor farmers who raise two different varieties of olives, Sevillano and Manzanillo. Farmer Nick worked in olive orchards all through high school, and Farmer Charlie started farming after he was an adult. Text with photographs of Farmer Nick and Farmer Charlie tell the story of how olives are grown.

“Fun and full of information about how olives are grown and packaged. Farmer Nick and Farmer Charlie are friendly guys who raise olives and show us around their orchards. Great photos accompany the text. This series continues to introduce kids to how food is raised in an accessible, engaging way.”

Kathy Coatney has spent long hours behind the lens of a camera, wading through rice paddies, dairies and orchards over her twenty plus years as a photojournalist specializing in agriculture. With her roots in agriculture running four generations deep, she felt a deep concern that children didn’t know how their food was produced. Envisioning a new direction for her writing, she launched From the Farm to the Table series of nonfiction children’s books about agriculture.

Kathy also loves—and writes—deeply emotional, small-town romances. She gets her inspiration from movies like While You Were Sleeping, Return To Me, a variety of music, and from her own happily-ever-after. Her favorite place to plot out novels is swinging in a hammock on a warm spring day. Ironically, her fiction books also carry an agriculture thread in them, some more than others.

Kathy’s favorite things: cuddling by the fire, ice cream, fresh-baked scones, mochas, and finding outdoor activities for every season, whether it’s swimming, skiing, mountain biking or a quiet stroll through the woods.

Happily married for over thirty-five years, she and her husband have two grown sons, a granddaughter and a menagerie of animals—a black lab who thinks she’s human, a house cat that looks part bobcat, and numerous wild animals that roam freely on her property.

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