Fruits of Eden [black & white interior]: Field Notes - Napa Vallley 1991-2021 (Paperback)

Fruits of Eden [black & white interior]: Field Notes - Napa Vallley 1991-2021 By Patricia Damery, Deborah O'Grady (Foreword by) Cover Image

Fruits of Eden [black & white interior]: Field Notes - Napa Vallley 1991-2021 (Paperback)

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In Fruits of Eden, author Patricia Damery takes readers on a thirty-year journey, vividly recounting her citizen activism to protect the world-famous Napa Valley from the ravages of over-development, water plundering, government failures, greed, and damaging tourism.


Damery's articulate and Illustrative voice is a powerful call that interweaves the story of her ranch with her history, reflections, marriage, and her husband's onset of dementia. His Alzheimer's began at the same time as pressure on the ranch's sustainability became acute. Conversely, there is also great hope. The author's relationships with colleagues in action for the valley, her children, her grandchildren and friends all share a deep love for this extraordinary place on the planet.


Over the decades Damery and her husband, Donald Harms, developed a way of life that respected the natural ecology of their land in the Napa Valley. They applied organic and biodynamic methods, left large parts in their natural state, and had a herd of goats that lived next to Patricia's writing studio. Then climate change coupled with egregious overdevelopment overcame them, threatening to destroy their way of life. Destruction of native oaks caused erosion and groundwater depletion, insecticide use disrupted the balance of animal life, including beneficial insects, population density and tourism brought air pollution and congestion, and finally global warming brought repeated fires, a risk that continues today.

Product Details ISBN: 9781958263075
ISBN-10: 1958263079
Publisher: Dancing Raven Press
Publication Date: August 22nd, 2022
Pages: 240
Language: English