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Will COVID-19 Make Farmers of Us All? English Professor and Award-Winning Author Opines in The Boston Globe

Boston Globe
May 5th, 2020 by 

Leila Philip, professor of English. Photo by Allison Waltz
Leila Philip, professor of English. Photo by Allison Waltz

As more people become concerned with the American food production system’s vulnerabilities triggered by the pandemic, is a growing national trend toward back-to-basics farming emerging?

Leila Philip, professor of English at Holy Cross and a contributing columnist for The Boston Globe’s Opinion section, recently wrote a commentary for the paper on how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting U.S. agriculture.

“Raising our own food reconnects us to our most elemental relationship — the natural world as a source of sustenance,” Philip says. “Once we experience directly the miracle of how the planet feeds us, we can begin to make better choices about how to live on it in sustainable ways.”

A member of the Holy Cross faculty since 2003, Philip is a highly awarded writer of literary nonfiction. She is the author of four books, including “The Road Through Miyama,” for which she received the prestigious PEN Martha Albrand Special Citation for Nonfiction, and the award-winning memoir “A Family Place: A Hudson Valley Farm, Three Centuries, Five Wars, One Family.”

To read the full article, go to BostonGlobe.com.

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