The Deepest Roots

Posted April 15, 2019 at 5:47 am by

Find­ing Food and Com­mu­ni­ty on a Pacif­ic North­west Island
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Kath­leen Alcalá

Make sure you come out to the Grange on Tues­day, April 30, 7:00 pm to hear author, Kath­leen Alcala, talk about her won­der­ful explo­ration of food, agri­cul­ture, and his­to­ry on Bain­bridge Island.

As friends began “going back to the land” at the same time that a health issue emerged, Kath­leen Alcalá set out to re-exam­ine her rela­tion­ship with food at the most local level.

Remem­ber­ing her par­ents, Mex­i­can immi­grants who grew up dur­ing the Depres­sion, and the mem­o­ry of plant­i­ng, grow­ing, and har­vest­ing fresh food with them as a child, she decid­ed to explore the his­to­ry of the Pacif­ic North­west island she calls home.

In The Deep­est Roots, Alcalá walks, wades, picks, pokes, digs, cooks, and cans, get­ting to know her neigh­bors on a much deep­er lev­el. Want­i­ng to bet­ter under­stand how we once fed our­selves, and acknowl­edg­ing that there may be a future in which we could need to do so again, she meets those who expe­ri­enced the Japan­ese Amer­i­can intern­ment dur­ing World War II, and learns the unique his­to­ries of the blend­ed Fil­ipino and Native Amer­i­can com­mu­ni­ty, the fish­ing prac­tices of the descen­dants of Croa­t­ian immi­grants, and the Suquamish elder who shares with her the food lega­cy of the island itself.

Com­bin­ing mem­oir, his­tor­i­cal records, and a blue­print for sus­tain­abil­i­ty, The Deep­est Roots shows us how an island pop­u­la­tion can mature into respon­si­ble food stew­ards, and reminds us that inno­va­tion, adap­ta­tion, diver­si­ty, and com­mon sense will help us make wise deci­sions about our future. And along the way, we learn how food is inter­twined with our present but offers a path to a bet­ter under­stand­ing of the future.

About the Author
Kath­leen Alcala is the author of a col­lec­tion of essays, The Desert Remem­bers My Name: On Fam­i­ly and Writ­ing; three nov­els, includ­ing Trea­sures in Heav­en; and a book of short sto­ries. She lives on Bain­bridge Island.

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