Promoting passion in book collecting
Last Sunday I came across an interesting tidbit in the Travel section of the NY Times. Daron Joffe, Founder and President of Farmer D Organics, answered questions about travelers who want to integrate farming into their traveling plans. I have to admit at first this seemed like a far-fetched idea. Don’t people go on vacations to get away from it all? Who in their right mind would volunteer to slosh around in the mud, digging for potatoes, on their vacation? But then, after reading about Wwoof- which stands for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms, a volunteer network of farms where you work for accommodations and food, I realized what was going on.
Just like the Farm to Table movement that has been the catch phrase used by any and every food operation these days, Travel to Farm seems like the perfect extension to this crusade. Listen, I’m all for knowing where one’s food comes from and I was the first to jump on the bandwagon when Michael Pollen’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma hit the bookstores. It’s a natural and healthy reaction for a generation that has grown up with hot pockets and toaster strudel to turn away from the frozen food section and move towards the produce aisle. And because I am first and foremost a promoter of books, there is a wealth of knowledge about farming tucked inside many books produced in the mid to late 1800’s and early 1900’s that are reasonably priced and just a click away. For instance, straight from my website: lizzyoungbookseller.com –
http://www.abebooks.com, http://www.bibliopolis.com, http://www.vialibri.net, http://www.abaa.org,http://www.alibris.com, and many, many others. Enjoy, and get those toes back into the grass.