Winner of the BC National Award
for Non-Fiction, and short-listed for both the Charles Taylor Prize
for Literary Non-Fiction and the 2011 Hilary Weston Writer''s Trust
Eating Dirt is an extended
postcard from the cut blocks-a vivid portrayal of one woman''s life
planting trees, her insights into the forest industry and its
environmental implications, and a celebration of the wonder of
Charlotte Gill spent almost twenty
years working as a tree planter in the forests of Canada. During
her million-tree career, she encountered hundreds of clear-cuts,
each one a collision site between human civilization and the
natural world. Charged with sowing the new forest in these
clear-cuts, tree planters are a tribe caught between the stumps and
the virgin timber, between environmentalists and loggers.
Also available in paperback.