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Published on Apr 14, 2017
Sitting down at a table to a home cooked, local meal gives me the same sensation as sitting down at my desk to write a new poem: a pause and then a surge of gratitude, followed by the slow digestion of truth, honesty and love. As our food system evolves, we need to look at food as the poetry of our lives. A new food language and mode of self-expression, a poetics of food, are needed to fully understand the shifts in value and daily practices that are inherent to developing an enduring local food movement. Poetry is an act of contemplation and as more people think daily about what they eat, where it comes from and why, the closer we will be to our food supply and the land and people that grew it. The poetics of food, rooted in both art and science, may be the one thing that keeps us from going physically and spiritually hungry.
Jessica Gigot, Ph.D, M.F.A, is a poet, farmer, teacher and musician. She has a small farm in Bow, WA called Harmony Fields that grows herbs, lamb and specialty produce. Jessica has lived in the Skagit Valley for over ten years and is deeply connected to the artistic and agricultural communities that coexist in this region. She teaches agriculture and food systems classes at the Northwest Indian College and Western Washington University. Her first book of poems, Flood Patterns, was published by Antrim House Books in 2015 and her writing has been published in several regional and national journals.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx