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'In Growing a Garden City' author Jeremy N. Smith visits San Juan Island libraries

In "Growing a Garden City", Jeremy N. Smith tells first-person stories from a range of individuals, including farmers and gardeners, a low-income senior, a troubled teen and others who have embraced the local food movement.

Smith will speak about his book at the San Juan Library June 4, 5:30 p.m. and at the Lopez Library June 5, 2 p.m.

Smith demonstrates how diverse residents of a city establishing community gardens, food kitchens, co-op subscriptions, college internships, agriculture-based education, and farm-work therapy programs to transform a population as at risk as any in America into one that now stands as a model for community-supported agriculture.

He makes the argument that it’s possible to eat well locally even if you don’t live on a rural homestead or in an elite urban area, and that volunteer-powered farms and gardens, even in a harsh climate, can provide satisfying food to feed a diverse population.  For more information on "Growing a Garden City", visit

Jeremy N. Smith is a writer and freelance journalist based in Missoula, Mont.

For more information on "Growing a Garden City", visit


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