Scott Chaskey, Inspiration

Chaskey.jpgI had not heard of him before, but as we move the Chan Chich Lodge farm to table program forward it is instructive to listen to him speak about his journey:

Farmer, poet, and pioneer of the community farming movement, Scott Chaskey is the kind of progressive thinker that doesn’t come around often. Weaving together his passion for farming and prose, the 66-year-old has penned multiple books on the community farming movement, creating a road-map for Americans who want to live off the land as a community. He talks to Here’s the Thing host Alec Baldwin about deciding to “eat consciously,” watching his love for the earth go global, and the food his kids hid from him when they were little.

This also has me looking at his books:

The most recent is available in plenty of places, hopefully in your local bookstore, but in case you are looking for an online alternative to the usual suspects, take a look on Kobo:

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Synopsis

Scott Chaskey–working farmer, poet, and spiritual father of the community farming movement–considers “the web of biodiversity and resilience at the heart of our cultural inheritance” by masterfully weaving history, politics, botany, literature, mythology, and memoir into a beautiful and instructive book.

It’s hard to think of a subject more fundamental to the sustenance of the human race than seeds. Having coevolved with the Earth’s plants, insects, and animals, seeds are entwined with the core myths of ancient cultures and the development of human consciousness. Their story remains vitally important today, as the corporations that manufacture GMOs threaten our food security and the future of seed-cultivated agriculture.

The stakes, for those concerned with preserving biodiversity and ecological integrity, are high.

Balancing a wide view of politics and history, Chaskey alights from life on the farm he has cultivated for 25 years to conjure Gregor Mendel’s breeding experiments that yielded our modern understanding of genetics; he also introduces us to several “bioneers,” such as the geobotanist Nikolay Vavilov and agriculturalist Cary Fowler, who are preserving global biodiversity through seeds. Integrating scholarship with accessible storytelling, Seedtime is a celebration as well as a call to action urging us to renew our role as citizens of nature, in ecologist Aldo Leopold’s phrase, not as conquerors of it.

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