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  • Subject: [cg] FW: new book, "Global Gardening"
  • From: "Sally McCabe" <smccabe@pennhort.org>
  • Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2001 10:57:05 -0500
  • Importance: Normal

Hi, Folks!

Interesting reading for cold winter days when you don't want to go outside!

The Emergency Office Assistant (Dorene) holding Sally's e-mail hostage! :-D

-----Original Message-----
From: Tomi Folk and Hank Bruce (by way of Sally McCabe)

Subject: new book, "Global Gardening"

    Sally, We appreciate the opportunity to be a part of your Salt  Lake
City Conference and enjoyed it very much.  This following concerns our
latest efforts. Peace, Hank & Tomi


For further information contact:

Erv Lampert, at Winner Enterprises, (407)696-2103, 670 Nighthawk Cr, Winter
Springs, FL 32708

Tomi Jill Folk and Hank Bruce, (352)383-2704, tomifolk@mail2.LCIA.com

30548 St Andrews Blvd., Sorrento, FL 32776,(authors)

WHAT: GLOBAL GARDENING, a new kind of gardening book.

WHERE: Winner Enterprises, (publisher)

WHEN: September 30, 2001

Press release for 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  garden 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 backyard 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, mal-nutrition 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 mal-nourished, 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
horticultural  therapist and writer from western Pennsylvania. 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

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.

Review copies and ordering information are available from the publisher.
Authors are available for interviews. This book will be released Nov 15,

Thank you

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