Who knew Evan Kleiman was a Timeless Seeds fan from the beginning?
Writer Katherine Seligman interviews author Liz Carlisle and her mentor Michael Pollan, to get the story behind the book:
I love when things work out like this.
A couple months ago, Alison Harmon (the professor behind Lentils: Gems in the Treasure State) told me she knew a graduate student at Montana State University who might be able to make us a book trailer. She introduced me by email to Marcus Hockett, who promptly set up a Dropbox folder, and told me to start sending him content.
I had a bunch of photos and some great footage from a 1991 Farm Tour at Dave Oien’s place, but no real idea what to do about audio. So I asked my musician neighbor, Chris Houston, if he could record me doing some narration. He invited me over to his studio and we had the narration knocked out in about 10 minutes. As I was leaving, he asked if I had plans for the music, and I told him I didn’t, but that I’d appreciate his advice. Two hours later, I had an mp3 in my inbox. Chris just sat down to the piano and wrote us original music!
Of course, I was very excited to send all of this to Marcus. This trailer was coming together!
And then, earlier today, Marcus sent me the final cut. Amazing! I love all the little touches – the cut to “high fructose corn syrup” on the nutrition label, the shot of lentils in a bowl, and of course, the vintage footage of “Lentil Cowboy” Jim Sims.
If you haven’t already, go to the homepage and check it out.
Just out from my colleagues at UC Berkeley:
“A systematic overview of more than 100 studies comparing organic and conventional farming finds that the crop yields of organic agriculture are higher than previously thought. The study, conducted by UC Berkeley researchers, also found that certain practices could further shrink the productivity gap between organic crops and conventional farming.
Tracie McMillan reports on “The New Face of Hunger”: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/foodfeatures/hunger/
Note the infographic at the bottom, which connects the dots between crop subsidies and diet-related disease.
Watch for my op-ed in the NYT on Thanksgiving Day. Gratitude to all the farmers working hard to bring positive change to our food system. I’ll be thinking of you as I sit down to the table.
UPDATE: here’s the link: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/27/opinion/the-downside-of-eating-too-locally.html
Congratulations to Alison Harmon, Michael Fox, and Marcy Gaston on the publication of Lentils: Gems in the Treasure State! This is a great comprehensive resource on lentil nutrition and culinary uses, for everybody from foodservice directors to home cooks. Check it out
About The Book
A protégé of Michael Pollan tells the remarkable story of an unheralded group of Montana farmers who have defied corporate agribusiness by launching a unique sustainable food movement. more
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