Tuesday, October 26, 2010

10 Questions With Katie Smith Milway

Katie Smith Milway (The Human Farm; Growing Our Future) has released a new book for children, The Good Garden: How One Family Went from Hunger to Having Enough (Kids Can Press, 2010). She spoke with Open Book Toronto about gardening and activism with kids:

I hope my stories will help kids to feel empowered to apply their heads, hands and hearts to any problem to help themselves and others. And I especially hope The Good Garden interests them in combating world hunger — ideas for action are listed at the back of the book. I also hope we see even more school, community and family gardens sprouting up — so kids can identify, if only in a small way, with the billions of poor in our world who live off the land, and so they can experience the satisfaction and nutrition of self-grown produce. Read more...

1 comment:

  1. Thank you, Kumarian, for taking an interest in The Good Garden. Writing it provided me an opportunity to catch up with the Human Farming movement, in Honduras, which is flourishing across mulitple provinces under Elias Sanchez's disciples.

    I also caught up with a couple of the campesino families whom I profiled in The Human Farm. One family, the Vasquez family of Intibuca, served as role model for the Duarte family in The Good Garden. The youngest daughter, Maria Cecilia, who is my role model for the 10-year old protagonist of the children's book, today is 21 and cares for 365 other families as a staff member of CIDICCO, helping them to obtain access to agricultural training, tools and fair credit. We made a short documentary of "the rest of the story," which you can find at: www.thegoodgarden.org/LearnTheStory.php.

    Sincerely, Katie Smith Milway (katie@onehen.org)