"I didn't expect that a book about the food movement would turn out to be a can't-put-it-down page-turner, but that's just what "From the Ground Up" is. Jeanne Nolan's personal journey is a richly observed saga set against the broad landscape of social and ecological change, and spurred by a reawakened awareness about the food that must sustain us."--Bill Kurtis, television journalist and founder of Tallgrass Beef
"To garden well is to question, to wonder, to believe, to hope, and to love. The same is true for living well. All this and more comes through in the story of Jeanne Nolan's quest to find her place in the world. Her book reinforced my beliefs about the power of a garden to heal, and opened my eyes to so much more. There is something to touch everyone along the way of this remarkable journey."--Suzy Bales, author of "Down-to-Earth Gardener"
"We talk of 'farm to table' but not of 'child to garden.' Growing and harvesting your first vegetables stays in your memory and on your palate forever. Jeanne Nolan inspires us all to establish a truer connection to our food. I have never been more excited to get my hands dirty!"--Art Smith, author of "Art Smith's Healthy Comfort"
"Sometimes a garden is just a garden, but not for Jeanne Nolan. In "From the Ground Up, " she gives us a deeply personal account of finding her path in life through building urban gardens--and in Chicago, no less. Anyone with an interest, from casual to professional, in creating urban food systems and communities--or eating homegrown fresh vegetables--will be moved and inspired by her story."--Marion Nestle, professor of nutrition, food studies, and public health at New York University and author of "Eat, Drink, Vote: An Illustrated Guide to Food Politics"
"Jeanne Nolan's story is not only about how seeds sprout, but about how our own lives can blossom in the most unanticipated and beautiful ways. Although I've been thinking about the importance of foodshow more