Book cover of Soil: The Story of a Black Mother's Garden by Camille T. Dungyby Camille T Dungy

A seminal work that expands how we talk about the natural world and the environment as National Book Critics Circle Criticism finalist Camille T. Dungy diversifies her garden to reflect her heritage.

In Soil: The Story of a Black Mothers Garden, poet and scholar Camille T. Dungy recounts the seven-year odyssey to diversify her garden in the predominately white community of Fort Collins, Colorado. When she moved there in 2013, with her husband and daughter, the community held strict restrictions about what residents could and could not plant in their gardens.

Interview with the Author

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Camille Dungy | Soil: The Story of a Black Mother’s Garden
5/3/23          58 min


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Episode 94: Camille Dungy – Soil : The Story of a Black Mother’s Garden
5/1/23           37 min


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‘Soil’ weaves together a poet’s experience of gardening, race and community
8/8/23         9 min


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