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Join Michael Pollan and David Mas Masumoto in conversation! Attend this sold-out event by volunteering with Marin Organic to help set up and break down. E-mail [email protected] if you’d like to volunteer. We’re seeking 5 or 6 able-bodied helpers. Act fast – it’s first to respond, first chosen!
WHEN: Saturday, October 19 at 7:30 pm
WHERE Feed Barn, Point Reyes Station
A lively and wide-ranging conversation about food, farming, and cooking with two of the culinary world’s most thoughtful writers and activists. With Wendy Johnson,
Buddhist meditation teacher and author of Gardening at the Dragon’s Gate. Includes a tasting prepared by Osteria Stellina and inspired by the four elements—fire, water, air, and earth—described in Pollan’s latest book, Cooked.
About Michael Pollan
For the past twenty-five years, Michael Pollan has been writing books and articles about the places where nature and culture intersect: on our plates, in our farms and gardens, and in the built environment. He is the author of the new book Cooked and four New York Times bestsellers: Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual (2010); In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto (2008); The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (2006) and The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World (2001). The Omnivore’s Dilemma was named one of the ten best books of 2006 by both the New York Times and the Washington Post. It also won the California Book Award, the Northern California Book Award, the James Beard Award, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. A young readers edition called The Omnivore’s Dilemma: the Secrets Behind What You Eat was published in 2009. The Botany of Desire received the Borders Original Voices Award for the best non-fiction work of 2001, and was recognized as a best book of the year by the American Booksellers Association and Amazon.com. PBS premiered a two-hour special documentary based on The Botany of Desire in fall 2009. Pollan is also the author of A Place of My Own (1997) and Second Nature (1991).
Pollan was named to the 2010 TIME 100, the magazine’s annual list of the world’s 100 most influential people. In 2009 he was named by Newsweek as one of the top 10 “New Thought Leaders.” A contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine since 1987, his writing has received numerous awards: he was a finalist for the National Magazine Award in 2009 for best essay; he received the James Beard Award for best magazine series in 2003; the John Burroughs prize in 1997 for best natural history essay; the QPB New Vision Award for his first book, Second Nature; the 2000 Reuters-I.U.C.N. Global Award for Environmental Journalism for his reporting on genetically modified crops; the 2003 Humane Society of the United States’ Genesis Award for his writing on animal agriculture; the 2008 Truth in Agricultural Journalism Award from the American Corngrowers Association; the 2009 President’s Citation Award from the American Institute of Biological Sciences, and the 2009 Voices of Nature Award from the Natural Resources Defense Council. His essays have appeared in many anthologies, including Best American Essays (1990 and 2003), Best American Science Writing (2004), the Norton Book of Nature Writing, and The New Kings of Non-Fiction, edited by Ira Glass. In addition to publishing regularly in The New York Times Magazine, his articles have appeared in Harper’s Magazine (where he served as executive editor from 1984 to 1994), National Geographic, Mother Jones, The Nation, The New York Review of Books, Vogue, Travel + Leisure, Gourmet, House & Garden and Gardens Illustrated, among others. In 2009, he appeared in a two-hour PBS special based on The Botany of Desire as well as in the documentary, Food Inc., which received an Academy Award nomination.
In 2003, Pollan was appointed the John S. and James L. Knight Professor of Journalism at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, and the director of the Knight Program in Science and Environmental Journalism. In addition to teaching, he lectures widely on food, agriculture, health and the environment.
About David “Mas” Masumoto
David “Mas” Masumoto is an organic peach and grape farmer and author of Epitaph for a Peach, which offers a glimpse of life on a family farm in Central California, Letters to the Valley, A Harvest of Memories, Four Seasons in Five Senses, Things Worth Savoring, and Harvest Son, Planting Roots in American Soil. His organic farming techniques have been employed by farmers across the nation.
About the Point Reyes Farmers Market
World famous, award winning, visited by British royalty, and filled with home-grown produce and community fun, the Point Reyes Farmers Market is the only all local, all certified organic produce market in the wider Bay Area.
Held at Toby’s Feed Barn in downtown Point Reyes Station, the market is set in one of the most beautiful locations in the Bay Area. With Point Reyes National Seashore and hundreds of miles of hiking trails only a stone’s throw away from the farmers market — and with live music and chef demonstrations every week — you’ll be guaranteed a day of great food and family fun.
Be part of the community, meet your organic farmers, and enjoy the finest organic food farmers can grow. Find out more about the history of our market here.
About Marin Organics
Marin Organic builds community and commitment to local, organic farms and ranches. Since their founding, the organic acreage in Marin County has grown from 200 to 20,000. They are currently focused on food cycle education, connecting food producers to consumers and promoting healthy eating practices.