Surrounded by the muse of vegetables, fruits and flowers well-tended, the alchemy of poets’ words and a rapt audience of poetry lovers gathered at the Chadwick Garden’s 2008 Festival of Poetry and Music, a few of us decided to create a book. We wanted to capture some of the words spoken over the span years, pay tribute to the poets, to Alan Chadwick, the garden, and the hard work of the Friends of the UCSC Farm and Garden.
From the start, the work of gathering, editing, designing and printing The Chadwick Garden Anthology of Poets has been remarkably fluid. Time and time again, the poets responded with enthusiasm and kindness. Their poems were gemstones of red wiggler, gooseberry shade, sickle moon, pollenous loci and monster earwig. The poets, themselves, are vastly accomplished—teachers of writing and farming, winners of prestigious national awards, poets who have published and edited books of their own, and young emerging writers of exceptional talent. Artist Stephanie Martin and writers Beth Benjamin and Kurt Christiansen generously contributed their talents. And then there’s Martha Brown, an irreplaceable source of support. I am quite proud to be part of creating The Chadwick Garden Anthology of Poets.