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A Book Is Finally Born – March 2018

Hello, friends. I couldn’t hold back another day to share the exciting news with you. I’m overjoyed to announce that my book, Women Who Dig: Farming, Feminism, and the Fight to Feed the World (University of Regina Press), will finally be born into the world on March 1, 2018.

What began four years ago as an impassioned essay, a 1000-word rant about women’s access to farmland and justice – which I called “My Daughter Wants to Be a Farmer” – has somehow grown into a 265-page literary narrative that, chapter by chapter, takes readers on a journey across three continents, eight countries, and into the fields, farms, and lives of women who grow food. Each chapter includes stunning images taken by Vancouver-based photojournalist, KJ Dakin.

Several weeks ago, when my editor at the University of Regina Press sent me the first proof, or layout of Women Who Dig, I felt a state of blissful wonder, bordering on disbelief that a tiny seed of an idea had traveled so far in the book publishing process.

Writing may be a solitary act, but publishing is collective one. I’m so thankful to the creative minds at the University of Regina Press for bringing Women Who Dig to life. The book has benefited enormously from a talented team of publishers, editors, designers, and marketers, who’ve helped to polish my stories into a powerful narrative. My agent, Marilyn Biderman, has also been with me every step of the way. I believe that, together, we’ve created truly something beautiful.

In addition, I owe the world to my family, friends, colleagues, and community for constantly supporting, inspiring, and challenging me throughout the various stages of research, writing, editing, and publishing. No doubt, I would’ve lost my way without the support of my community.

I can’t wait to share my book with you soon. I hope the stories of women farmers – their achievements and struggles – will inspire you as much as they’ve inspired me. Stay tuned for more information about the book’s launch in March 2018.

Much love and gratitude,

-Trina

Pre-Order Today – Women Who Dig: Farming, Feminism, and the Fight to Feed the World (University of Regina Press, March 2018)

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Growing Roots in Northern Alberta: Musings on Community, Creative Process & Book Publishing

The signs of spring in northern Alberta happen slowly, then all at once: the wild crocuses silently arriving when the ground is still half-frozen, the geese honking, loudly announcing their return from the south, and finally, the aspen opening their tender green buds, flooding the brown valley with the softest shade of green you’ve ever laid eyes on.

Yesterday afternoon, the May sun poured into my trailer, warming my rectangular home with such intensity that I finally turned off my fussy diesel furnace and I didn’t bother lighting a fire in the wood stove. It felt somewhat ceremonious turning off the furnace: a little flicker of pride stirred in my chest. Winter was over. I had survived my first winter alone on the land in northern Alberta. I had managed to hang onto even just a shred of sanity despite a series of unfortunate events: frozen pipes, busted furnaces, the very un-romantic task of splitting wood, everyday, and contending with faulty water pumps by hand scooping water from my cistern. What a season.

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I didn’t expect to make a home in this tiny northern town over the winter. I never anticipated staying. Last year, I came home with only one thing on my mind: writing and re-writing my book. I lived in my parents’ basement for four months and breathed all things Women Who Dig. That was it. That was my sole purpose. Then the fire tower called. Then I learned that the book would actually become a published book. Then the most important relationship in my life unraveled and all the plans that went along with that were no longer. Then everything changed and I didn’t know where else to go.

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