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A Rich Spot Of Earth July 30, 2013

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Home & Garden, Nature.

The first 150 donors to contribute $25 or more to EDF (Environmental Defense Fund) by tomorrow, July 31st, will receive this jewel of a book:

 A Rich Spot of Earth is packed with nearly 200 rich, full color images of Thomas Jefferson’s famous gardens at Monticello. Between the images Peter Hatch, Monticello’s master gardener, shares his experiences raising Jefferson’s favorite fruits, vegetables, and flowers over 3 decades—including how climate change has negatively impacted the health of the gardens.

From Amazon:

“Peter Hatch’s vibrant and enthusiastic passion for preserving Thomas Jefferson’s farming legacy at Monticello reminds us all of the time-tested continuity and historical root of this kind of agriculture.”—Alice Waters  (Alice Waters)

“In this fascinating book, Peter Hatch wonderfully weaves together his deep understanding of Monticello’s soil with his scholarly knowledge of Jefferson’s legacy as a gardener.”—Andrea Wulf, author of Founding Gardeners (Andrea Wulf 2011-10-20)

“Peter Hatch is the ultimate authority on America’s ultimate vegetable garden. Learn all about the genius of the place. Hatch’s fascinating account will enrich your garden and your life.”—Amy P. Goldman, Chair of the Board, Seed Savers Exchange (Amy P. Goldman 2011-10-20)

“Peter Hatch brings the horticultural legacy of Thomas Jefferson to life. A Rich Spot of Earth affords us a clear and compelling view into the revolutionary thinking of Jefferson, illuminating for the reader his approach to food, diversity, democracy, and freedom – making the genius of Jefferson, perhaps, as relevant today as at any other time in American history.”—P. Allen Smith, author of The Garden Home Series (P. Allen Smith 2011-10-25)

“Elegantly produced and artfully augmented by stunning, evocative photographs of the estate and the bounty it produces, Hatch’s homage establishes Jefferson as the clear forefather of modern organic and sustainable garden movements.”—Carol Haggas, Booklist (Carol Haggas Booklist)

Anticipating healthy living advice that would be extolled two centuries later, Jefferson wrote, “I have lived temperately, eating little animal food, and that . . . as a condiment for the vegetables which constitute my principal diet.”

Aah . . . that’s better!

To learn more:  Environmental Defense Fund ~ Claim Your Book Today!


1. Pocket Perspectives - July 30, 2013

Isn’t it amazing what has been understood and “known” before and ignored by so many? Sounds like a special book.
Is the author related to you?

nrhatch - July 30, 2013

Peter Hatch is not a known relation, but our geneology paths may descend from a common root, shoot, or branch. My dad’s ancesters have been in this country since the early 1600’s.

I’ve ALWAYS loved the gardens at Monticello. Last night, we watched a travel show that included them in all their spectacular glory. Then, this morning, I received this offer from EDF.

Too good not to share. 😀

2. sufilight - July 30, 2013

Thomas Jefferson was a man ahead of his time. The book sounds like a visual treat. I can imagine living in the midst of such beauty.

nrhatch - July 30, 2013

The vegetable garden at Monticello is such a treat to walk around ~ it boasts such a wide variety of fruits and veggies and is quite a hike from end to end.

We stopped by during peak growing season one year and drooled!

3. kateshrewsday - July 30, 2013

A must-read, Nancy. It sounds a luscious book!

nrhatch - July 30, 2013

My copy is winging its way to me with a promised arrival of 4-6 weeks! But maybe I’ll be surprised by a speedier arrival.

4. Grannymar - July 31, 2013

I was about ask if Peter Hatch was part of your family, then I read your reply to Pocket Perspectives. The book looks very interesting.

nrhatch - July 31, 2013

For folks interested in organic gardening, history, sustainable living, or eating more vegetables, it will be a treasure trove of fascinating facts and tantalizing tidbits.

It would have been the perfect gift for my dad given his interests and he would have gotten a kick out of the author’s last name.

5. Pix Under the Oaks - July 31, 2013

Another book to read for sure. I will have to store up for winter!

nrhatch - July 31, 2013

When I checked it out on Amazon, its heft surprised me ~ 280 pages ~ with lots of color photos of the garden and its bounty.

6. Three Well Beings - July 31, 2013

This book is a must! I bought Michelle Obama’s book “American Grown” on tape, and she had a lot to say about the wonderful gardens of Monticello. I know I would enjoy this book. It is a fine coincidence about the last name! 🙂

nrhatch - July 31, 2013

The book is available on Amazon for just under $25, but I’m glad I got to support EDF when “ordering” my copy.

Just wish my dad was still around . . . it would have been the PERFECT gift for him. He loved gardening and history and the author’s last name would have had him heading for his genealogy charts to see if there was a connection between Peter Hatch and our lineage.

7. Booksphotographsandartwork - July 31, 2013

It looks fabulous! I imagine that it’s full of treasures.

nrhatch - July 31, 2013

I am looking forward to reading it . . . and enjoying all the luscious photos.

8. Tammy - August 1, 2013

sounds like a terrific read

nrhatch - August 1, 2013

I’m looking forward to its arrival. The vegetable garden at Monticello is lovely and diverse.

9. jannatwrites - August 2, 2013

You already know I’m a fan of Jefferson and Monticello. It is such a beautiful place and I think it’s great that Peter is so dedicated to caring for the gardens.

nrhatch - August 2, 2013

Yes. I thought of you and your recent east coast trip when I learned of this book. After 30 years as Monticello’s master gardener, Peter just retired . . . so he can tend his own garden..

10. What’s Behind That Closed Door? | Spirit Lights The Way - October 21, 2013

[…] I went to the C.S.A. to deliver a present ~ a book written by Peter Hatch about Jefferson’s vegetable garden at Monticello ~ A Rich Spot of Earth. […]

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