Think globally, eat locally

There’s been quite a bit of buzz around David Mas Masumoto’s recent book, “Epitaph for a Peach: Four Seasons on My Family Farm,” which describes the passions and challenges of this third-generation farmers working in the San Joaquin Valley.

Masumoto’s book has been selected for the Mercury News’ “Silicon Valley Reads” program (note: this program’s website includes a list of other great reads about agriculture as well).

In today’s Merc, Leigh Weimers writes about the Silicon Valley Reads kickoff speech Masumoto gave in San Jose earlier this week.

He also plugs an interesting-looking panel of four local fruit growers who will discuss local – and quality – produce next Thursday, February 10. It’s at 7pm at the Almaden Expressway/Blossom Hill Road Barnes & Noble, and it’s free.

I’d say it’s well worth an evening to hear fruit tree collector Andrew Mariani, long-time farmer Phil Cosentino, cherry guru Charlie Olson, and ag attorney/ fruit grower Todd Kennedy. There’s probably a lot we can learn from these guys.

– Kathy

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