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Bolen Books Presents An Evening of Local Gardening and Food with Des Kennedy & Carolyn Herriot


May 13, 2010

Des Kennedy & Carolyn Herriot will be doing a joint talk and book signing on Tuesday June 1 at 7 pm at Bolen Books (111-1644 Hillside Ave).

In The Way of A Gardener, renowned novelist and garden writer Des Kennedy explores his own life, lived close to the earth, from his days as a young seminarian to his “church of the earth” life on the Gulf Islands. With The Zero-Mile Diet (Harbour Publishing, $32.95), Carolyn Herriot, one of BC’s top organic gardening gurus, takes a journey through a year of sustainable backyard food production. This is the definitive month-by-month guide to living off your own piece of earth.

Ten years ago, in order to pacify her concerns about an increasingly uncertain future, Carolyn Herriot decided to grow as much of her own food as possible. Carolyn started The Garden Path, a plant nursery and display garden, in 1990. The Garden Path closed in 2006, and Carolyn now runs Seeds of Victoria, an organic seed company. In the process of her work with gardening she has discovered that it only takes five years to become self-sufficient in fruits and vegetables year round.

This book follows a year of sustainable homegrown food production, growing healthy organic food, eating seasonal recipes from the garden, saving seeds for future harvests and putting food by for the winter. Growing a “Zero-Mile Diet” is a fun way to increase regional food security while cooling down the planet.