Eating Dirt: Deep Forests, Big Timber, and Life with the Tree-Planting Tribe

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A book I jealously wish I had written about my tree planting experience.  A vivid portrayal of one of the hardest jobs in the world and why people do it.  A great read for anyone who has worked as a tree planter, and equally great at conveying it to people who haven’t.

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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.

1 review for Eating Dirt: Deep Forests, Big Timber, and Life with the Tree-Planting Tribe

  1. Greg

    Coming from someone who spent many summers planting trees in Nova Scotia, I can say that this book does it justice. A very well done and accurate portrayal of the tree planting life, and a great read for anyone regardless if you’ve been a tree planter or not.

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