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  • Subject: [cg] new book on hunger
  • From: Sally McCabe <sallymcc@libertynet.org>
  • Date: Fri, 4 Jan 2002 13:41:16 -0500

>From: "Tomi Folk and Hank Bruce" <tomifolk@mail2.Lcia.com>

>We enjoyed being a part of your conference in Salt Lake City this summer
>and  wanted to share some of our work with you. 
>We are pleased to announce the release of our latest book dealing with
>hunger  issues by sending you this press release. Thank you for taking the
>time to read  about Global Gardening. Because of the significant work your
>organization does in this arena we recommended you to our readers and
>asked them  to support your efforts. We are encouraging the use of this
>book as a means of  creating an awareness and understanding of global
>hunger issues and as a fund  raiser for non-profit organizations, churches
>and schools to support their  efforts. If you would like to receive more
>information or obtain a copy please  let us know by sending an e-mail to
>tomifolk@mail2.Lcia.com Thanks again, Hank Bruce  & Tomi Jill Folk.
>GLOBAL GARDENING, a new kind of gardening book.
>Written by Hank Bruce & Tomi Jill Folk
>Published by Winner Enterprises, 2001
>Trade paperback, 288 pages, 70 line drawings and 12 pages of color photos
>Retail price: $23.95, ISBN 0-932855-74-1
>For further information contact: Tomi Jill Folk and Hank Bruce, Petals  &
>Pages, (352)383-2704, tomifolk@mail2.Lcia.com
>30548 St Andrews Blvd., Sorrento, FL 32776, (authors)
>Erv Lampert, at Winner Enterprises, (407)696-2103, 670 Nighthawk Cr.,
>Winter  Springs, FL 32708
>Global Gardening
>Rarely does a book come along that invites the everyday gardener to become
>a  part of the battle against global hunger. In Global Gardening authors
>Hank Bruce and Tomi Jill Folk take us on a global journey of exploration
>and  discovery. They explain how each and every one of us can turn our
>backyard,  patio or windowsill into a global garden where exotic
>vegetables can be grown  and harvested. In the process they encourage us
>to learn more about our  neighbors in this, our global village, do home
>grown research and share our  knowledge and wisdom with others.
>The authors tell us that "All over this earth, our global garden, people
>are  cultivating a great diversity of vegetables and fruits. There are
>over 15,000  edible plants that can help to sustain our global village,
>yet over 99% of the  American diet is based on less than 100 plants." They
>describe and give  instructions for growing over 200 rare and exotic
>edible plants. They suggest  that "Some of these might even become a part
>of your garden and add to the  diversity of your mealtime adventure."
>Hank and Tomi take us on another journey in this book. They lead us into
>villages, rural areas, coastal salt marches and deserts as they give
>insight  into the causes of hunger, malnutrition and starvation. Over
>20,000 people die  each day from hunger related diseases. They help us to
>understand the causes of  hunger, and encourage us to be a part of the
>effort to save lives, improve diets  and plant the seeds of hope
>everywhere. They point out that hunger is not only a  problem in Haiti or
>the remote jungles of Africa, it is a serious and very real  problem in
>the urban areas of every nation, including the United States. In this
>country one out of every five children is malnourished, as is one out of
>every  five of our senior citizens.
>The following is a list of the objectives the authors hope to achieve with
>this entertaining, interesting and enlightening book.
>1. To create an awareness in the mind of the gardening public that there
>is a  world of potential beyond tomatoes and green beans, zucchini and
>cabbages. As  gardeners we can experience some exciting plants, foods,
>fragrances and herbs.  The world is one big, wonderful, varied and
>fascinating garden; and we are all  tillers in this,  the global garden. 
>2. To help bring an understanding to the global public of the problems
>involved in feeding a hungry world. We will note what some of the hunger
>relief  organizations are doing, what more can be done, and how we can all
>be a part of  the solution to the problems of hunger, malnutrition and
>3. To introduce the gardeners of the industrialized world to some of the
>unique, unusual and exotic plants that have been used by peoples from all
>parts  of the globe. In so doing, we may be able to prevent the extinction
>of some  species, learn more about others and expand our knowledge while
>enjoying the  thrill of growing something new. We can literally preserve
>and increase the  biodiversity of the backyard garden. At the same time we
>gain an understanding  of the wonderfully diverse peoples of this our
>planetary home, and combine our  efforts to solve our problems together.
>4. To explore the people-plant connection by respecting the traditions,
>legends, stories and cultures of diverse peoples. There is much to learn,
>and  little time before many of these traditions are lost, great wisdom is
>forgotten  and cultures become extinct. For almost every question there
>are many right  answers.
>5. To discover together new, different and sometimes ancient agricultural
>techniques and gardening practices. We will glimpse a future abundant with
>hopefulness as technology and humanity work together. Hopefully this text
>will  lead us toward a partnership with nature, and a willingness to
>cooperate among  ourselves.
>In this book we become explorers discovering uncommon plants that have
>been  used as food sources in the past; continue to be used today and have
>potential  for tomorrow. We discuss vegetables with exotic names and
>unusual flavors;  plants used in ways that may not be a part of your
>dining tradition. We ask you  to open your mind to the diversity, and your
>garden to the variety. Hopefully  you will be curious enough to seek
>further, dig deeper, learn more about the  plants and the people who grow,
>harvest, and use them.
>Tomi is a writer and a former Lutheran minister from North Dakota with a
>deep  compassion for the hungry of the world. Her husband, Hank is a
>writer (15 books  in print) and horticultural therapist at Leu Botanical
>Gardens in Orlando,  Florida. Together they are activists and advocates
>for the poor and hungry all  over the world. They have done research on
>micro-intensive gardening systems,  and have personally grown and eaten
>most of the foods discussed in "Global  Gardening."
>This is a MUST READ for all of us gardeners interested in the unusual and
>the  exotic, those of us concerned about the environment and everyone who
>is  concerned about the devastation caused by global hunger. The book is
>288 pages,  contains 24 color photos and over 70 line drawings. Included
>is a list of  organizations that are concerned with hunger issues all over
>the world and a  list of resources for many of the plants described. The
>authors also invite you,  the reader and gardener, to experiment and share
>your results. Every backyard  gardener can also be a backyard scientist,
>helping to solve hunger problems,  improving the quality of life for our
>neighbors in the global village and  enriching our own lives as well. The
>retail price is $23.95 and a portion of the  proceeds go to ECHO
>(Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization) in Ft Myers,  Florida to
>help them in their efforts to alleviate hunger throughout the  world.
>Authors are available for interviews. This book was released Dec. 25,
>2001. A companion web site www.globalgardening.info will be up and running
>in early 2002.

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