Not Enough Chairs!

Photo of The Soil Will Save Us books on Powell's book shelf - Photo by Kristin Beadle

It's very exciting when they run out of chairs at your first public event following book release. Friends, family and strangers -- lots and lots of strangers! -- packed Powell's last night and listened intently as I talked (longer than I'd planned) about the amazing life beneath our feet and the opportunity for healing landscapes by respecting and working with that life.

Photo of Kristin Ohlson speaking at Powell's - Photo by Kristin Beadle

Photo of Kristin Ohlson speaking at Powell's - Photo by Kristin Beadle

I was happy to see Adam Chambers in the front row, although I may have embarrassed him by pointing him out to the crowd too often. Adam is a scientist with the USDA's National Resources Conservation Service here in Portland, and his work helping farmers in the Palouse transition from tilling to no-till is featured in the book. I pointed out how his work trickles down and benefits us eaters and drinkers here in Portland: the Palouse farmers sell to Shepherd's Grain which sells to Ken's Artisan Pizza, Grand Central Bakery, Hopworks Urban Brewery, and others here in Portland. It's such a hopeful story-- the farmers are reversing damage to the land and are on the road to healing it; they will prosper by harvesting a crop as well as carbon credits after this transition; and the grain they produce is healthier for consumers.

Good, good stuff!

Photo of Kristin Ohlson speaking at Powell's with books - Photo by Kristin Beadle   Photo of Kristin Ohlson signing books at Powell's - Photo by Kristin Beadle

Photo of Kristin Ohlson signing a copy of her book at Powell's - Photo by Kristin Beadle   Photo of Kristin Ohlson greeting guests at Powell's - Photo by Kristin Beadle

Photo of Kristin Ohlson chatting with a family - Photo by Kristin Beadle

Photo of The Soil Will Save Us at Powell's - Photo by Kristin Beadle   Photo of a person browsing at Powell's - Photo by Kristin Beadle