Over Field Work Term I read:

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
Timbuktu by Paul Auster
Farm City by Novella Carpenter
American Green by Ted Steinberg
The Gardener’s Year by Karel Capek
The Geography of Nowhere by James Howard Kunstler
The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan

I also read half of each of these books:
The Path of Minor Planets by Andrew Sean Greer
Green Thoughts by Eleanor Perenyi

I am currently reading:
Green Thoughts by Eleanor Perenyi
Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift

Next to read are:
The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs
The Secret History by Donna Tartt



zoological phenomena

Ten years ago it was not necessary for our family to protect any of our plants. Now, however, no plant is safe. The hosta on the east side of the house has not survived a single season in five years, the holly gets a yearly pruning in winter, and the vegetable garden now requires a six-foot fortress. Perhaps our property has been established as a (Good Grazing Ground (GGG) by the Association of Hungry Deer (AHD).

The article above was published in the New York Times in September of 1905. The previous day an article was published on the impact of deer on Pomfret’s farms.

Vegan gardening. in order to make this Frittata? or possibly to grow lesser-known fruits?

The New York Times has an article on students and recent graduates who are performing internships at farms. The article did not mention any of the Bennington students who have interned at farms (Bennington once had its own farm), but the article did mention that the interns came armed with a Bennington graduate’s book.

Cheever living in CT.

Propaganda: Fine in Moderation (here’s a hefty dose)


I don’t have a TV, which is why I haven’t heard about the Corn Refiners Association ads until now. I finished reading Michael Pollan’s book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma. (I’ve also read A Place of My Own, Second Nature and In Defense of Food. I enjoyed the style and subjects of these books more. When In Defense of Food was released, I read it in two days.)

From Pollan I have learned, very simply, to avoid the center of the grocery store. His initial advice is simple, “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” Pollan elaborates on these rules (he had three books to fill on the subject) and detailed the importance of shopping for local foods that are good for the body, mind and earth. While high fructose corn syrup might not be any worse for us than sugar, it is in so many foods that it has become impossible to eat corn in moderation because it is in everything that we eat. Continue reading