The Earth Knows My Name: Food, Culture, and Sustainability in the Gardens of Ethnic Americans

The Earth Knows My Name: Food, Culture, and Sustainability in the Gardens of Ethnic Americans

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by Patricia Klindienst
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807085715

ISBN-13: 9780807085714

Pub. Date: 04/15/2007

Publisher: Beacon Press

Patricia Klindienst crossed the country to write this book, inspired by a torn and faded photograph that shed new light on the story of her Italian immigrant family's struggle to adapt to America. She gathered the stories of urban, suburban, and rural gardens created by people rarely presented in books about American gardens: Native Americans, immigrants from

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Patricia Klindienst crossed the country to write this book, inspired by a torn and faded photograph that shed new light on the story of her Italian immigrant family's struggle to adapt to America. She gathered the stories of urban, suburban, and rural gardens created by people rarely presented in books about American gardens: Native Americans, immigrants from across Asia and Europe, and ethnic peoples who were here long before our national boundaries were drawn—including Hispanics of the Southwest, whose ancestors followed the Conquistadors into the Rio Grande Valley, and Gullah gardeners of the Sea Islands off the coast of South Carolina, descendants of African slaves.

As we lose our connection to the soil, we no longer understand the relationship between food and a sense of belonging to a place and a people. In The Earth Knows My Name, Klindienst offers a lyrical exploration of how the making of gardens and the growing of food help ethnic and immigrant Americans maintain and transmit their cultural heritage while they put roots down in American soil. Through their work on the land, these gardeners revive cultures in danger of being lost. Through the vegetables, fruits, and flowers they produce, they share their culture with their larger communities. And in their reverent use of natural resources they keep alive a relationship to the land all but lost to mainstream American culture.

With eloquence and passion, blending oral history and vivid description, Klindienst has created a book that offers a fresh and original way to understand food, gardening, and ethnic culture in America. In this book, each garden becomes an island of hope and offers us a model, on a sustainable scale, of a truly restorative ecology.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807085714
Publisher:
Beacon Press
Publication date:
04/15/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
280
Sales rank:
479,864
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.49(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue : Vanzetti's garden
1Renewal : Four Sisters Garden and Monte Vista farm : Tesuque Pueblo and Espanola, New Mexico1
2Freedom : the gardens of two Gullah elders : St. Helena Island, South Carolina33
3Place : a Polish American vintner and a Japanese American berry farmer : Bainbridge Island, Washington65
4Refuge : the Khmer growers : Amherst, Massachusetts103
5Memory : two Italian gardeners from Mussolini's Italy : Redwood City, California, and Leverett, Massachusetts133
6Peace : a Punjabi garden : Fullerton, California169
7Community : the urban gardens of Nuestras Raices : South Holyoke, Massachusetts191
8Justice : a Yankee farmer and sacred Indian corn : Stonington, Connecticut217
Epilogue : a garden democracy241

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The Earth Knows My Name: Food, Culture, and Sustainability in the Gardens of Ethnic Americans 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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This book is full of the stories and histories of different people and their cultures. It describes the meaning and power that gardening has for american immigrants. The author does a beautiful job of splicing together her own words with the works if those she interviews. Not only did i learn a lot about different cultures, but i learned about their history- our history, american history- , plants, gardening methods, and general life lessons. This is a wonderfully written account of different gardeners and their gardens that makes you eant to get out and start your own plot. Truly inspirational and heart-warming
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