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Pollan and The Moon rouse gardening impulse

Posted 9/23/2010 1:37pm by Julie Hurst / Roy Brubaker.

We owe much of our business to the writing of Michael Pollan.  His expose on the beef industry and his books Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food have been instrumental in raising awareness about the American food system causing many folks to seek an alternative, hopefully more life-giving, way of eating.   Some of those folks have come to us for their meat and we are glad they have.  Michael doesn't need me to plug his books, but I am going to anyway.  Early this morning the "Super Harvest Moon" shone right in our window and tricked my body into believing it was morning.  A light fog reflected the bright moonlight making for a beautifully lit nighttime landscape.  I thought reading might put me back to sleep but I am currently reading Michael Pollan's, Second Nature: A Gardeners Education and as result before I knew it more than an hour had passed.  In spite of an interrupted night, I was inspired by Michael to get out in my garden this morning pull weeds, harvest peppers and tomatoes,  and make plans for next season's garden.   Second Nature is less a practical guide to gardening and more an observance of human interaction with nature, specifically in the context of the American garden.   Even at 2 am it did not put me to sleep like I had hoped.