How Do You Put It All Back? TidBit of the Day

| August 31, 2011

Hurricane Irene has certainly shown her ferocity throughout the East Coast. There are still towns and cities under water, with bridges and roads wiped out.

Now comes the slow process of rebuilding, one with which Joan Gussow is  familiar. Who is Joan Gussow (forgive the terrible photos from that post – that was one of our first articles before we learned how to do this better!)? She is the “matriarch of the local food movement,” mentor to many like Michael Pollan, and an incredible leader activist. She is one of the few professors who changed the way I look at everything, and her class was one of the best I have ever taken.

Leslie Hatfield from Civil Eats wrote a great piece on Professor Gussow. A year ago, a horrible storm destroyed the garden she and her late husband had built. This was no ordinary garden – it’s a small plot on the Hudson where she grows all her own food. In this video, she shows the before/after photos – showing the toughness and love for the Earth to slowly rebuild something that seemed so lost.

Check it out:

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  1. Jeanne says:

    Thanks for sharing Joan Gussow’s story. I’ll have to check out her books!

  2. Saw the video clip. It’s sad her beautiful garden was totally gone. 🙁 But how amazing she rebuilt the garden and it’s done so beautifully!