Eating foods that are locally grown results in lower transportation and distribution costs, as well as the opportunity to form relationships with local farmers who use fewer pesticides and herbicides. Author Heid Erdrich will discuss how this current and growing foodie trend dates back to America’s earliest residents during a talk at UW-Barron County, March 8, noon, in the Blue Hills Lecture Hall (Ritzinger 234). Her presentation, part of the university’s Thursdays @ the U Lecture and Performance Series, will include highlights from her latest non-fiction book, “Original Local: Indigenous Foods, Stories, and Recipes.” According to NPR, the publication is “part cookbook, part memoir and part meditation on the interplay of tradition and fusion in American cooking.”
Erdrich, a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe, has written five collections of poetry. In addition to being an author, she teaches in the MFA Creative Writing program at Augsburg University, Minneapolis.
As part of the state’s 2018 Big Read project, featuring her sister’s (Louise Erdrich’s) novel “The Round House,” Erdich will participate in two events next month in northwest Wisconsin. Specifically, she will hold a cooking demonstration at Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Community College, Hayward, March 9, 2 p.m. She also will hold poetry reading that day at 7 p.m. at LCO-OCC.
The Thursdays @ the U series is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the UW-Barron County Foundation. UW-BC is located at 1800 College Dr., Rice Lake. For more information, call the campus at 715-234-8176.