In this podcast, meet noted author and 21-year Bainbridge resident Kathleen Alcala, who earned the “Island Treasure” award of Arts and Humanities Bainbridge, and who is launching her new book about food and community on our island at an event hosted by Eagle Harbor Books.

Come to the comfortable auditorium of the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art on Thursday October 13th at 7:30pm, to hear Kathleen describe her new book: “The Deepest Roots: Finding Food and Community on a Northwest Island“.

Kathleen explains in this podcast that the “northwest island” is, of course, our own. And the book is replete with insights of long-time islanders who have gone back to the land (or sea) to produce food. Kathleen’s interviews with them offer insights on what matters in the long run, and what’s sustainable.

In this podcast, Kathleen talks about what she learned from local residents who have become food producers, gardeners and growers. For example, she mentions Bob and Nancy Fortner, who had been Winslow booksellers before turning their homestead into Sweetlife Farm, producing goods for our farmers market. And she mentions local tuna fisherman Paul Svornich. And then there’s local Day Road farmer Betsey Wittick.

As one reviewer of her book has said: “By focusing on the food in one place, Alcala is able to pull together cultural and cross-cultural experiences, environmental debates, and … issues of economic justice that underpin all food production.”

In this conversation, Kathleen reflects on her experience of farm markets and farm stands in Mexico with her family, her early experience in living in a small rural town in Colorado, and many of the civic issues that have engaged her in two decades of life on Bainbridge Island.

Her book is enriched by the photographs it includes from much-admired island photographer Joel Sackett.

Further details about her book can be found at the website of University of Washington Press.

An inspiring article that grows out of her bookwriting experience can be found on her blog site: “Ten Things a Clueless Eater Can Do“.

Credits: BCB host, audio editor and social media publisher: Barry Peters.