Monday, June 1, 2009
Tonight at Powell's City of Books, downtown on Burnside, Lisa Hamilton will be reading from her new book "Deeply Rooted: Unconventional Farmers in the Age of Agribusiness".
This event is co-sponsored by Edible Portland.
Lisa Hamilton is a photographer and journalist who focuses on agriculture and sustainable food systems, with s special focus on farmers. A century of industrialization has left our food system riddled with problems, yet for solutions we look to nutritionists and government agencies, scientists and chefs. Lisa M. Hamilton asks: Why not look to the people who grow our food?
Hamilton makes this vital inquiry through the stories of three unconventional farmers: an African American dairyman in Texas who plays David to the Goliath of agribusiness corporations; a tenth-generation rancher in New Mexico struggling to restore agriculture as a pillar of his crumbling community; and a modern pioneer family in North Dakota who is breeding new varieties of plants to face the future's double threat: Monsanto and global warming.
Why, she asks, has it taken so long to go straight to the source? Join me at Powells tonight to hear her answers.
Sounds great - hope to see you there!
Photos © Lisa M. Hamilton