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Chicken Poop for the Soul: A Year in Search of Food Sovereigntyby Kristeva Dowling
Synopses & Reviews
Food sovereignty goes beyond addressing the need to secure a daily food source. Food sovereignty means having the right to determine where your food comes from and how it is produced. In 2008, alarmed by the impact agro-business was having on Canadian food quality and security, Kristeva Dowling decided to take control of her own food source. In an attempt to achieve 100 percent self-sufficiency on her small holding in BC's Bella Coola Valley, she ploughed under her land, converted her garage to an intensive care unit for chickens and learned to hunt, fish, gather and preserve her own food.
In the tradition of the "back-to-the-landers" of the '60s, Dowling sheds the habits of her urban life and, with no agricultural background, begins an emotional and political journey towards independence.
Dowling's story is a witty, humorous and often bizarre journey of trial and error. Between rendering maple syrup, mothering baby chicks, canning hundreds of pounds of preserves, tracking wild game and growing her own wheat, Dowling finds time to reflect on her new-found tangible skills, her intangible problems and the politics and legislative barriers that face BC's small farming community.
Chicken Poop for the Soul is about a common dream: to leave the city and return to a simpler life. It is a story of success, failure and determination, which is guaranteed to make you laugh, shake your head in disbelief and get damned angry.
Book News Annotation:
This timely memoir on food sovereignty and sustainable living discusses the politics and practice providing for oneself and fostering communities that can re-imagine their relationships with food and the land. Dowling, a Vancouver, BC native, describes her life as a small farmer in northern British Columbia, discussing such subjects as raw milk, poultry raising, and hunting. Interspersed throughout the narrative are recipes and other practical notes. The volume includes numerous color photographs as well as a small section on homesteading resources. Distributed in the US by Partners West. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Kristeva Dowling was born and raised in Vancouver, BC, and attained her master's degree in Social Anthropology in New Zealand. In 2003, she returned to Canada and bought a small acreage in the Bella Coola Valley. Determined to grow her own food, she turned her attention to sustainable farming, started a blog on homesteading and began to write about self-sufficiency. She has been a contributor to "Not Dabbling in Normal," the Coast Mountain News and the Williams Lake Tribune. She has also been published in Small Farm Canada, and has an upcoming article in Outdoor Edge Magazine about moose hunting. Kristeva is now living in Grande Prairie, Alberta.
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