Dr. Paul A. Lee came into KZSC’s Artist on Art Radio show March 4, 2013 to talk about the upcoming publication of his newest book, “There is a Garden in the Mind, A Memoir of Alan Chadwick and the Organic Movement in California” by North Atlantic Press.

bookcoverThe book is the result of over thirty years of research and inquiry into the undermining of organic nature by modern science and industry and why the reaffirmation of organic nature had to be carried by the organic and environmental movements such that ‘organic’ became a buzzword. The first organic garden at a university (the University of California, Santa Cruz, 1967) was regarded by the scientists at the university as another hippie plot to further embarrass them. They thought ‘organic’ meant artificial and synthetic as carried on by ‘organic’ chemistry. This conflict between the organic Vitalist and the materialist Physicalist was exposed when Alan Chadwick began the student garden project and who would eventually be called “the world’s greatest gardener” (E. F. Schumacher) and who brought the Vitalist tradition of food and flower production from Goethe to Rudolf Steiner and the practice of Biodynamic and French Intensive systems and methods. Students flocked to him to learn about a sacramental understanding of nature opposed to the industrial /commercial relation. Chadwick initiated students into the mysteries and magic of nature from the layer of shellac in the seed to the nuptial flight of the Queen Bee. Tracing his gardening career from UCSC to Saratoga, to Green Gulch Zen Farm, to Covelo, to West Virginia, Chadwick is characterized as a Johnny Appleseed of the organic movement, transforming the lives of many of those he touched, taught, and trained.

For more information, go to Ecotopia.org.

  • Dr. Lee will be speaking and showing an illustrated presentation at the Bookshop Santa Cruz March 13, 2013 at 7pm.
  • On March 19th, Dinner at Gabriella’s Cafe Restaurant at 7:30, off the menu regular pricing, with an illustrated talk at 8:30pm followed by questions and answers. Reservations are advised.
  • April 5th, Dr. Lee will also be presented at NextSpace for the Santa Cruz First Friday Art Tour.

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Here’s a video of Paul talking about his book, There Is a Garden in the Mind A Memoir of Alan Chadwick and the Organic Movement in California.


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