Don Mitchell is a novelist, essayist, and sometime screenwriter whose most recent books are The Nature Notebooks (a novel) and a guidebook to Vermont in the Fodor's/Compass American series. He's also the architect and builder of over a dozen low-cost, energy-efficient structures on Treleven Farm, and a shepherd with thirty-five years' experience managing a flock of sheep there. One of his current interests is forest management with the goal of enhancing habitat for endangered bats.
From 1984 to 2009 Don taught courses at Middlebury College, primarily in creative writing -- especially narrative fiction and writing for film -- and environmental literature. Now he devotes most of his time to projects designed to enhance the farm and support the vision of Treleven, Inc.
One Man's Adventures Battling Buckthorn, Making Peace with Authority, and Creating a Home for Endangered Bats
When a biologist approaches Mitchell about tracking endangered bats on his farm, Mitchell's relationship with bats and government is distrustful, at best. Ruminating on the nature of authority and the value of inhabiting one's niche, Flying Blind is a perfectly paced and skilled story of place.