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04/10/2011

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Jason L  Morrow

Jeff, that was beautifully done. Very well done. Take the word as a picture, and then build a frame around it with the context of what was going on the world at that time. Great characterizations of the forces that push and pull. You followed your hunches and dug down into clues. -

You are ready, now, I think.

Ready to write something bigger. Open concept: Strategically choose 40 to 50 vegetables/fruits as your targets (chapters), and investigate what happened to them. Where did it go wrong, where did it go right, what were the variables, and what did we lose.

Whatever your outline/topic, your article above tells me you are ready to take it to the next level. It was that good.

The secret formula is an easy one: hunches, deep research, digging up clues which unlock a door to a room we never knew about. Go into that room and investigate those clues, which in the end, like they always do, enrich the story material.

Great Job Jeff. Good Luck!

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About This Project

  • The intent of Vanishing Feast is to bridge the gap between society today and the history and tradition of heirloom gardening. The focus will be on food sources that are endangered, and specifically on fruits and vegetables, and bring awarness to the tradition of seeds and or plants as family heirlooms. In the last 50-75 years there has been a remarkable shift into a suburbian and big box lifestyle. The subdivisons that have replaced farms, and the large supermarkets and big box retailing model have created a gap that has engulfed may local lifestyles and traditions, including the tradition of seeds particularly as family heirlooms. With a focus on this tradition of seeds and plants as heirlooms, and my own example as guide, Vanishing Feast will demonstrate how to reclaim this tradition as your own. In the process of doing so, not only will endangered food sources be kept by disappearing, a legacy will be created that will allow thr common experience of taste, texture and aroma to be shared across generations. While you may never know your future relatives, they will something about you. That you helped keep a tradition alive, while sharing the delights of your senses and soul.
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