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 Award.
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 trees.
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.
Published in partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation.
Also available in paperback.