The American experience takes root

  • Patricia Kliendienst will discuss how gardening is an essential part of the American immigrant experience at Saturday’s talk at the Mariposa Museum. COURTESY PHOTO

Thursday, April 06, 2017 3:7PM

In her book, “The Earth Knows My Name: Food,Culture, and Sustainability in the Gardens of Ethnic Americans,” researcher Patricia Klindienst gathers stories of people rarely presented in books about American gardens: immigrant and ethnic Americans. On Saturday, April 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Mariposa Museum in Peterborough, Klindienst will share how gardens have helped ethnic and immigrant Americans preserve cultures while contributing to the cuisine and culture of the wider community – keeping alive a relationship to the land all but lost to mainstream American culture.

Patricia will be joined by immigrant and refugee farmers from New Hampshire who are working with NH’s Fresh Start Farms, a project of the Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success. Andrea Cadwell, Fresh Start Farms’ Marketing Coordinator, will describe this project. A reception and chance to meet with farmers follows these presentations.

Admission is $10 for Mariposa members and $15 for non-members. The Mariposa Museum is located at 26 Main Street in Peterborough and is wheelchair-accessible.

Writer, teacher, scholar, and public speaker, Klindienst has made the American immigrant experience her subject for more than a decade. After earning degrees from Hampshire College, Boston University, and Stanford University, she began her career as an interdisciplinary scholar at Yale, publishing ground-breaking feminist re-interpretations of classical myths and biblical stories. An award-winning scholar and teacher, she left the profession and began to write for a broader audience.

Fresh Start Farms is a local food aggregate consisting of refugee and immigrant farmers located in New Hampshire. Fresh Start Farms was initiated as an economic capacity building project by Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success to support new Americans aspiring to start sustainable farm businesses consistent with their cultures, lifestyles, and personal ambitions. Participants in ORIS's incubator, farmer-training program, as well as farmers that have developed cooperatives designed to meet goals of self-sufficiency, sell their products under Fresh Start Farms. Farmers enjoy 100% profit from their produce sales, providing economic self-sufficiency and integration into New Hampshire's vibrant and growing local food system.