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Namenancy warren
Date082017-05am-17Sat, 05 Aug 2017 11:53:09 -0400
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MessageHello Joan,

Your book "This Organic Life" was the first "gardening" book I ever read. It really is so much more than a book about growing food. To me it is a book about life! I continue to open the pages and jump into your life with all its ups and downs. This note is to thank you in a very small way for being willing to allow us to share your journey. I pray you have been blessed and will continue to be blessed for all your efforts!

Thanks again,
Nancy Warren

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NameGerri French
Date062017-12pm-17Mon, 12 Jun 2017 22:57:05 -0400
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MessageHi Joan
I am a Culinary Nutritionist/RD who organizes farm tours in SB for people to meet their farmer and learn where food comes from. It is the most popular Meetup in SB county!!
We met in Santa Barbara at an Edible SB event where you were speaking shorting after your book Growing Older which is on my bookshelf. I have a photo of both of us that I took with my cell phone. In my job as a Sansum Medical Clinic, I ask people if they garden and shop at the Farmers Market. I am visiting my sisters in NJ for a reunion August 21-25 and also want to visit the Hudson River Valley and Stone Barns Farm. AND would love to share a cup of coffee, tea or wine with you in your garden..any possibility? I am also looking for a place to stay..even camp with view of the Hudson and places to hike and kayak...have anything to recommend? With much respect Gerri French

NameElise Landesberg
Date032017-29pm-17Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:26:14 -0400
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MessageFriday, April 28, 7 pm -- "SUSTAINABLE" a FILM EVENT WITH PANEL DISCUSSION at Hendrick Hudson Free Library in Montrose

We are proud to present a new documentary hailed by The Hollywood Reporter as, "A persuasive and refreshingly positive eco-foodie doc." A vital investigation of the economic and environmental instability of America's food system from the agricultural issues we face -- soil loss, water depletion, climate change, pesticide use -- to the community of leaders who are determined to fix it. Key interviews with noted chefs and cookbook authors Rick Bayless, Dan Barber, Mark Bittman, and Marion Nestle are included. "Sustainable " is a film about the land, the people who work it and what must be done to sustain it for future generations. Environmental advocates from Stone Barns, Field Goods, and Good Choice Kitchen, and others will facilitate a discussion following the screening.

Please contact me for more information. Thank you!

NameMatthew Dow
Date022017-04am-17Sat, 04 Feb 2017 07:29:40 -0500
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MessageHi Joan--I recently read this organic Life and was blown away. There were also many parallels between your story and ours (the wife and mine). We moved to Valley Cottage from the city in 1993. Our property is an oak forest with little shade so we've been struggling growing vegetables the last 12 years or so. Your book was hugely informative and entertaining and I'll certainly read your other publications. And what a small world! Turns out my brother-in-law knew Alan from working on the Clearwater cruises. My wife's is an old Nyack family...Would love to meet you and visit your garden some time. Thanks!--Matt

NameAnna Kathryn Sluka
Date082016-05pm-16Fri, 05 Aug 2016 17:20:38 -0400
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MessageI've recently discovered your book, and am thrilled to know there are others who feel as strongly as I do about food production! I grew up gardening, and taught myself food preservation skills in my mid twenties. Every year I can, freeze, dry and prepare hundreds of pounds of food that sustains my family the entire year. In addition,I make all our household cleaners, and hygiene products. This year,I get the joy of making baby food for my son, and am so excited to teach him about the importance of living off the land as we add chickens, goats, bees, hogs and mushrooms to our 3 acre homestead. Your writings are wonderfully relatable and validate all the hot and tedious hours spent working with food. Once in a while, in moments of difficulty,I wonder if it's all worth it, and if I should work in an office and buy my food like everyone else I know, but your words remind me that there is nothing more precious than providing my family with food, and spending the days with my son in the garden and kitchen. Thank you, and happy growing!

NameStephanie Harris
Date052016-16pm-16Mon, 16 May 2016 15:39:29 -0400
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MessageDear Joan,
You gave several inspirational talks at NOFA-NJ many years ago, and I wonder if you would be willing and able to speak yet again and do a book signing at our annual fundraiser on Nov. 6, 2016 near Princeton, NJ.If so, please contact me by email or by phone at (609)466-0194.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Warm regards,
Stephanie Harris
President of NOFA-NJ

NameChristina Mandara
Date032016-17am-16Thu, 17 Mar 2016 09:15:04 -0400
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MessageHi Joan,

i attended your recent talk at Cornell Cooperative Extension in Rockland County as a volunteer master gardener. You mentioned a great and unexpected result of growing sweet potatoes and how the garden soil was greatly benefited. Would you be able to write back and remind me of what you found? It was something about the microorganisms that attach to the sweet potato that aids the soil. Thank you for your help. And do you suggest planting one potato in each of my 7 raised beds if I'm needing to enrich my 'dead" soil. Thanks for any feedback. I so enjoyed your inspiring presentation. Best, Christina

NameJohn Keast
Date012015-03pm-16Sun, 03 Jan 2016 21:27:46 -0500
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MessageGoodness me, I'm only 45 and have been turning clay into loam for 30 years. Every image and turn of phrase in "This Organic Life" mirrors my thoughts and feelings. I was in CO on vacation and thumbed through your book. 30 minutes later my wife is saying "got to go" and I commented "this is a great book!" Lo and behold, Christmas came and so did your book. Thanks or taking the time to write out what might take me a few more decades to commit to print. Such is the nature of connecting to plants, it's universal.

I'm a high school English teacher and always thought the writing of my students would be better if we were allowed to simply take a walk and observe the gentle pace of nature. Slow down the racing thoughts and brwose the aisles of forest, or scrub or grass.

I'm sure your book on nutrition and school achievement will be just as rewarding for me. Students who dare to eat non-food around me get the lecture, and those choosing wisely get praised. Now I can add "what Joan would say" to my spiel. smilie

NameChad Waite
Date122015-30am-15Wed, 30 Dec 2015 00:50:26 -0500
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MessageHi Joan, I just finished Growing, Older. I am 60 and in the last 5 years have started an organic farm, supplying eggs and market crops to our local community. I'm so glad I read your book, as it gives inspiration for my future. I ache, wake up sore, am pulling muscles I never knew I had, but the life on our 45 acres of NW Montana with our 185 chickens, 25 sheep is special. Most importantly I never have to go to the gym. Hopefully this will keep me as young as you as I Grow, Older. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, passions and point of view! I, like you, am proud to grow most of what my wife Susan and I eat every day. How much more local can we all get is a thought that I have almost every day. Thanks for so well articulating that POV.
EarthStar Farm Whitefish, MT

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