Gardening expert Felder Rushing and Robin Mather, a former Clarion-Ledger food editor who is now senior associate editor at Mother Earth News, will present "You Say You Want a (Food) Revolution" on April 30 at 7 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex. Their program is the last of the 2012-2013 Arts & Lecture Series.
Felder Rushing and Robin Mather
"We hope to show people the connection between home-grown garden food and a more sustainable future for all of us," Mather said. "We'll talk about food from both sides - the growing of it, and the eating of it. Felder and I are both looking forward to lots of questions from the audience. This is going to be funny and relaxed, even though those are some pretty serious ideas."
Rushing, whose down-home approach is rife with anecdotes and tips for all kinds of gardeners, regardless of skill, said he plans to emphasize how easy it is to grow ornamental food plants such as vegetables, fruits and herbs along with "normal" plants in a landscape - even in suburbia. "If you can grow a petunia, you can grow lettuce in with it," he said.
Mather is author of The Feast Nearby, a collection of essays and recipes from a year of eating locally on a budget of $40 a week (she also runs The Feast Nearby blog); and A Garden of Unearthly Delights, one of the first books for the general public to compare genetic modification of crop and livestock to sustainable and traditional agricultural approaches.
Rushing is a writer whose column appears weekly in The Clarion-Ledger and numerous other newspapers, radio host, author of 16 gardening books, and lecturer. He is the founder of Slow Gardening, an approach that focuses on finding and following personal garden bliss, using all senses through all seasons. It is a guide toward paying better attention to and savoring what we do, and encourages the cultivation of locally adapted plants grown sustainably and shared with others.
Tickets are $10 each and may be purchased at the door. For more information, contact the Office of Continuing Education at 601-974-1130.