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FW: THE EARTH KNOWS MY NAME, an invitation

  • Subject: [cg] FW: THE EARTH KNOWS MY NAME, an invitation
  • From: "Betsy Johnson" betsy@bgjohnson.com
  • Date: Wed, 3 May 2006 13:00:44 -0400

Dear members of the Community Gardening Association,

I write to invite you and your families and friends to a book talk this
Friday, May 5th at the Ridgewood Public Library at noon and another on
Thursday, May 11th at the Princeton, NJ Barnes & Noble at 7 pm. My book, THE
EARTH KNOWS MY NAME, Food, Culture & Sustainability in the Gardens of Ethnic
Americans, has just been published by Beacon Press.

I will be speaking about the reverence the ethnic gardeners whose stories I
have collected feel for the land they till, and how they embody the
spiritual ethic of land stewardship that has been all but lost to mainstream
American culture. In traveling the US collecting these oral histories as I
walked farms and gardens in the northeast, the south, the northwest,
southwest, and the Bay Area and LA area of California, I discovered a rarely
discussed and poorly understood aspect of the contribution immigrant and
ethnic Americans have made to our culture by keeping alive traditional
wisdom about the sacredness of natural resources. In the process of
preserving their cultural heritage in their gardens, they are also restoring
damaged land to life.

Chapter 7, "Community," tells the story of Nuestras Raices, a grassroots
community garden association formed by Puerto Rican gardeners in the inner
city of Holyoke, MA. It's an amazing story of how a disenfranchised people
living in a burnt-out urban center have revitalized their community by
establishing a network of gardens that now touch the lives of nearly
everyone in their area, including elders who are retired migrant farm
workers, women who have never had the means to create their own micro
businesses before, and children, who become an integral part of planning and
creating gardens. Their ultimate goal is to close the circle and become
sustainable--they have created their own greenhouse, an ethnic restaurant
with a licensed community kitchen in the back, and now they have bought four
acres on the CT River which they are turning into an organic farm. I would
love to share the story of this community with your organization if you are

Thank you so much for taking a moment to read this.

my very best,


ps I Schedule of Book Events for Patricia Klindienst, THE EARTH KNOWS MY


April 20th at 6pm Yale Barnes & Noble

77 Broadway, New Haven

April 21st at noon  University of Connecticut Co-Op


Sunday, April 23rd at 4 pm  Willoughby Wallace Library

146 Thimble Islands Road, Stony Creek

April 25th at 7pm  R.J. Julia Booksellers

768 Boston Post Road, Madison

Wednesday, April 26th at 7pm  Connecticut Ethnic Heritage Center

270 Fitch St., New Haven

Thursday, April 27th at 7:30pm  Stonington Historical Society

St. Mary Church Hall at the corner of Main and Broad Streets,


Saturday, May 13th at 10 am  Book Festival at Burgundy Books

4 Norwich Road

East Haddam Village

Thursday, May 18th at 7pm  The Guilford Free Library

67 Park Street, Guilford

Sunday, August 16th at 10:30 am  Unitarian Universalist Society

297 Boston Post Road, Madison

Tuesday, September 19th at 6:30 pm  Basta Trattoria

1000 Chapel Street, New Haven

Connecticut Master Gardening Association:

Wednesday May 3 at 7 pm  New Haven County Extension Center

305 Skiff St., North Haven

Admission $5.00 UConn Master Gardener

$10.00 General Public

To reserve a seat and a copy of her book call The No. Haven Ext Office (203)

Monday May 8 at 6 pm  The Pond House Cafi in Elizabeth Park

 Asylum Ave., West Hartford

Admission $5.00 UConn Master Gardener

$10.00 General Public

To reserve a seat and a copy of her book call The Pond House (860) 231-8823

Tuesday May 9 at 6:30 pm  Middlesex County Extension Center

 Saybrook Rd., Haddam

Admission $5.00 UConn Master Gardener

$10.00 General Public

To reserve a seat and a copy of her book call the Middlesex Ext Office (860)

Tuesday May 23 at 1 pm  The Bartlett Arboretum

Brookdale Rd. Stamford

Admission- $10.00 UConn Master Gardener/ Arboretum Member

$15.00 General Public

To reserve a seat and a copy of her book call the Arboretum (203) 322- 6971.

Thursday May 25 at 7 pm  The Oliver Wolcott Library

 160 South Street Litchfield

Time- 7:00 pm

Admission $5.00 UConn Master Gardener

$10.00 General Public

To reserve a seat & copy of her book call Pat @the Litchfield Ext Office
(860) 626-6240


Sunday, March 19th at 12:30pm  Massachusetts Horticultural Society

New England Flower Show

Bayside Expo Center, Boston

Monday, May 1, from 2-4pm  University of Massachusetts, Boston

Healey Library, 4th floor, Room 15 - CLI

Sunday, May 7th at 4 pm  Circolo Italiano

Nacul Center, 592 Main Street, Amherst

Wednesday, May 10th at 7pm  Odyssey Bookshop

9 College Street, South Hadley

Friday, June 2d at 7:30 pm  Bunch of Grapes Bookstore

44 Main Street, Vineyard Haven

Saturday, June 3rd, time TBA Polly Hill Arboretum

809 State Road, West Tisbury

Thursday, June 8th at 7pm  Rotch Jones Duff House and Garden Museum

396 County Street, New Bedford

Thursday, August 10th at 7 p.m.  Food for Thought Bookstore

106 N. Pleasant Street, Amherst

Friday, August 11th, 1:30-3:30 pm  Northeast Organic Farming Association

 Franklin Patterson Hall, Room 104

 Hampshire College, Amherst

South Carolina

Saturday, May 20th, 1 pm  The Penn Center for Gullah Heritage

Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, St. Helena Island.

Sunday, May 21st, 3-5pm  Coastal Discovery Museum

 Co-Sponsored by Gullah Creations

100 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island

Thursday, July 20th at 6-8 pm  The Avery Research Center for African
American Culture

125 Bull Street, Charleston

Saturday, July 22nd at 2 pm  The Gullah Studies Institute

The Penn Center for Gullah Heritage, St. Helena Island

New York

Saturday, April 22d at 23:30 pm  The Ellis Island Museum

The Learning Center (First Floor)

Saturday, April 29th at 2 pm  Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture

630 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills

Friday, May 5th at 7:30 pm  Woodstock Jewish Congregation


Saturday, May 6th at 11 am  Merritt Bookstore

7496 South Broadway, Red Hook

Saturday, May 13th at 6 pm  Canios Books

290 Main St., Sag Harbor

New Jersey

Friday, May 5th at noon  The Ridgewood Garden Club & Bookends Bookstore

The Ridgewood Public Library, Meeting Room

125 North Maple Avenue

Thursday, May 11th at 7pm  Princeton Barnes & Noble

3535 US Route 1

Tuesday, September 12th  Sam Azeez Museum of Woodbine

610 Washington Ave., Woodbine

Wednesday, September 13th at 7 pm  Borders Bookstore


New Mexico

Saturday, June 17th from 10 am  noon, Santa Fe Farmers' Market Benefit

Sponsored by Collected Works Bookstore

The Market at Santa Fe Railyard


Saturday, June 10th at 2pm  Filoli Center

86 Canada Road

Monday, June 12th at 7:30pm  Codys Books

2424 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley

Thursday, June 15th at 6 pm  Fullerton Arboretum

1900 Associated Road at Yorba Linda Boulevard in Fullerton


Tuesday, June 20th at 7 pm, Centrum Center for the Arts

   Wheeler Theatre, Ft. Worden State Park,

Port Townsend

Wednesday, June 21st at 6 p.m. Elliott Bay Book Company

101 South Main St., Seattle

Thursday, June 22d at 7:30 p.m. - Eagle Harbor Books

157 Winslow Way East, Bainbridge Island

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