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Sierra Farmer to Speak at South Lake Tahoe Library Oct 22

Posted on September 18, 2013
Filed Under Lake Tahoe Truckee Writers

Why_I_Farm_front_bookcover_FINALOn Tues. Oct. 22, at 6 pm, Sierra Valley Farms owner Gary Romano, author of “Why I Farm: Risking It All for a Life on the Land,” will give a talk and sign books at the South Lake Tahoe Library.

In “Why I Farm,” third-generation farmer Romano speaks from experience about today’s most vital issues: how to live with purpose and how to protect our food supply. The author documents a disappearing way of life and issues a wake-up call, describing his metamorphosis from a small boy growing up on a farm to adult white-collar worker and his ultimate return to the land.

He details specific issues that small farms face today, and how they will challenge our food future. This book is his attempt to educate and enlist farmers and consumers in a call to action.

“This book is full of great stories, history and current information on where we are as a nation with our food and farming,” says Mark Estee, executive chef and owner of Campo. “This book works on so many levels—the next time you are shopping or eating, you’ll be able to answer the question “Do you know where your food comes from?”

Romano owns and operates the 65-acre Sierra Valley Farm in Beckwourth, Calif. and hosts the state’s only certified organic on-farm farmers’ market. His next book, “July & Winter: Farming and Gardening in the Sierra” a how-to guide to growing in the challenging Sierra climate, will by published in 2014 by Bona Fide Books.

The event is co-sponsored by the South Lake Tahoe Friends of the Library and the Lake Tahoe Master Gardeners.

South Lake Tahoe Library is located at 1000 Rufus Allen Blvd. “Why I Farm” is available through Bona Fide Books, locally at Gaia-Licious, and online.   Bona Fide Books is an independent press in South Lake Tahoe helping writers find their readers and building literary community in the Sierra.  For more information, call (530) 573-1513, visit

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