Kurzweil reads excerpts from and answers questions about her new book Fields That Dream, published by Fulcrum Publishing.
The book explores the lives of refugees, immigrants, former chefs, insurance brokers, and union organizers who are all now small-scale sustainable farmers. It is the first book that is completely devoted to exploring the lives and experiences of small-scale sustainable farmers, and it informs readers about the current state of American agriculture while helping them cultivate a deep appreciation for the work and lives of the farmers who are a growing minority in the American economy.
Jenny Kurzweil is a writer and editor for a nonprofit organization that promotes graduate education in the sciences for minority students. Prior to becoming a writer, she spent ten years as a professional cook with a passion for organics and seasonally based menus. Her first book, Fields that Dream: A Journey to the Roots of Our Food (Fulcrum Publishing) was released in 2005. Her articles have been published in Winds of Change Magazine, Hispanic Outlook on Higher Education, Journal for Minority Medical Students, HopeDance, California Certified Organic Newsletter, and Bricolage. She is currently keeping a parenting journal on Parentcenter.com.
Just read an interesting feature in Time magazine about how our food is too cheap and too processed which result in too high health care costs. All the lunatics who seemed to spend too much time talking about what was in our food turn out to have been right all along. Then again, my father ate the worst crap for 80+ years and died thin and lively. An important subject.
Kurzweil addresses a topic that many people don't even consider, which is unique to California. Many people don't think about where their food comes from and the politics behind that. It is interesting to hear and acknowledge the migrant farm workers plight, which is so often overlooked.