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New Book On Our Founding Fathers - Founding Gardeners

A photo of Shannon SaiaI caught an interesting inteview on NPR this week while  I was in the car. Andrea Wulf has a new book out called Founding Gardeners, The Revolutionary Generation, Nature, and the Shaping of the American Nation. The gist of it, according to the author, is that while Washington, Jefferson, Adams etc. have gone down in history as our first presidents and the men who shaped our nation, that thier fundamental passion was not politics, but gardening. Gardening, farming, and the self-sufficiency that these activities bring was well in the minds of our founding fathers as they contemplated our country's political liberty, both as private passions of thier own, and as a way to provide for independence from imported goods. Sounds fascinating. I totally plan to check this one out.