With USA Today Bestselling Author Theresa Weir
In Partnership with Slow Food Urban San Diego
About the Event
Please join bestselling author Theresa Weir for a special Julian Apple Orchard Adventure to benefit Slow Food Urban San Diego. Your adventure begins with a scenic bus ride from San Diego to Julian during which time Weir will discuss her hypnotic memoir, The Orchard, and Slow Food will educate us about the Gravenstein apple grown at Raven Hill and on Slow Food’s Ark of Taste heritage foods list. Upon arrival in Julian, you will have the opportunity to tour organic Raven Hill Apple Orchard , where you will hand-pick your own bucket of Julian apples, and learn what Slow Food Urban San Diego and Raven Hill are doing to promote healthy farms. Perhaps a tasting might even be included. Then enjoy some time on your own to shop or have lunch* in Julian before heading back to San Diego. Your $65 event ticket includes round-trip transportation, author discussion, an autographed copy of The Orchard, the Raven Hill tour, a bag of hand-picked apples, and a donation to Slow Food Urban San Diego to purchase heritage apple trees for farms, community and school gardens. *Why not make your Slow Food adventure complete with a lunch and local craft beer stop at Bailey Barbeque, located just minutes away from Raven Hill Apple Orchard (not included in ticket price).
About the Book and Author
With The Orchard, Theresa Weir has created for me a Harold Bloom-like "heterocosm," a mesmerizing world which would have heretofore been otherwise inaccessible. One of my favorite reads of 2011, The Orchard is easily mistakable as a novel for its engaging, page-turning flow and its seemingly imaginative plot. Yet, it is in fact Weir's deeply affecting memoir that threads its way from her neglected and abusive childhood into her alternative life as an outsider on her new husband's Midwest family farm. Weir must balance her desire to fight the family's heavy use of pesticides for the devastation that she knows the chemicals are causing, with her love for her husband and the apple orchards which have been in his family for generations.