"Flying Blind" Launch Party with Vermont Author Don Mitchell
Sunday, September 8, 2013 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT)
with special guest, Anaïs Mitchell!
Please join Don Mitchell and Chelsea Green Publishing for a launch party to celebrate the release of his latest work, Flying Blind, at the Intervale Center on Sunday, September 8 at 5 p.m. Don will read passages from his book, and his daughter, renowned folk singer/songwriter Anaïs Mitchell, will join him onstage, performing some of the songs considered in the context of the book.
Copies of Flying Blind will be available for sale and signing following Don's talk, made possible by our favorite local independent bookseller, Phoenix Books.
Cost: This ticketed event is free of charge, but space is limited.
Food and Drink: Delicious local flatbread and beverages available for purchase.
Parking: Extremely limited parking at the Intervale Center farmstead. If need be, our friendly volunteers will be ready to help you find the perfect spot in our overflow parking!
About the Book
Flying Blind: One Man's Adventures Battling Buckthorn, Making Peace with Authority, and Creating a Home for Endangered Bats, by Don Mitchell
When a biologist with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department approaches Middlebury writing professor and shepherd Don Mitchell about tracking endangered Indiana bats on his 150-acre farm in Vermont’s picturesque Champlain Valley, Mitchell’s relationship with bats—and with government—can be characterized as distrustful, at best.
But the flying rats, as Mitchell initially thinks of them, launch him on a series of “improvements” to his land that will provide a more welcoming habitat for the bats—and a modest tax break for himself and his family. Whether persuading his neighbors to join him in pulling invasive garlic mustard out of the ground by hand (marketed to them as an opportunity for “silent meditation”), navigating the tacit ground rules of buying an ATV off Craigslist, or leaving just enough honeysuckle to give government inspectors “something to find,” Mitchell’s tale is as profound as it is funny—a journey that changes Mitchell’s relationship with bats, the land, and, ultimately, his understanding of his own past.
When & Where
Inspired by the practicality of Vermont’s farmers and the elegance of natural systems, the nonprofit Intervale Center operates programs that inspire the development of community food systems in Vermont and worldwide. Founded in 1988, the Intervale Center manages 350 acres of farmland, trails and natural areas in the heart of Burlington, Vermont. Its programs include a farm incubator, a native tree nursery and the Intervale Food Hub, a nationally acclaimed online local foods market.