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David Buchanan

David Buchanan is the author of Taste, Memory. He planted his first gardens in central Washington State more than 20 years ago, after learning about the heritage food movement through the Seed Savers Exchange. He has worked for farms, ranches, and nurseries; operated a landscape design company specializing in native plant restoration; managed an educational farm for a community nonprofit; and helped found the Portland, Maine, chapter of Slow Food USA. He oversees production for Old Ocean House Farms in Cape Elizabeth, where he grows more than 250 varieties of fruit as well as herbs and heirloom vegetables. Currently he is developing a farm winery and planting orchards to produce hard cider through his business Origins Fruit.

    David's Upcoming Events

    • David Buchanan at University of Maine Community Food Series
      University of Maine at Machias 116 O'Brien Ave, Machias ME 04654
      October 23, 2014, 6:00 pm

      Title: Heritage Fruit, New Markets Description: Maine has a rich history of fruit and berry production, a wonderful diversity of flavors and traditions. While farming of all kinds has enjoyed a revival in the past decade, orchards have lagged behind, continuing to lose market share. Are there lessons from the past that can help make fruit trees profitable again? Join author and horticulturalist David Buchanan as he talks about experimenting with hard cider, collecting rare foods, and finding a place for them again in our fields and on our tables.

    • David Buchanan at Slow Money National Gathering
      Slow Money National Gathering, Louisville KY
      November 10, 2014, 12:00 pm

      David Buchanan will speak at the 2014 Slow Money National Gathering in Louisville, KY on November 10-12. More details to come...

    David's Books

    Taste, Memory

    Forgotten Foods, Lost Flavors, and Why They Matter

    In Taste Memory author David Buchanan explores questions fundamental to the future of food and farming. How can we strike a balance between preserving the past, maintaining valuable agricultural and culinary traditions, and looking ahead to breed new plants? What place does a cantankerous old pear or too-delicate strawberry deserve in our gardens, farms, and markets? To what extent should growers value efficiency and uniformity over matters of taste, ecology, or regional identity?


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