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  • SubGenre:Environmentalists & Naturalists
  • Language:English
  • Pages:210
  • eBook ISBN:9798350958638
  • Paperback ISBN:9798350957594

Dandelion Roots Run Deep

An Environmental Memoir

by Merry Clark and Merrill Clark

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"Dandelion Roots Run Deep" is co-authored by Merry Bell Clark and her mother, Merrill Ann Clark. This true story follows three generations of tenacious Midwestern women who were deeply committed to environmental issues. The story begins in the 1940s with Merrill, who began writing this book before beginning her battle with Alzheimer's in 2011.
"Dandelion Roots Run Deep" is the true story of three generations of Midwestern women who "nevertheless persisted". The book focused primarily on Merrill Clark, who fought for organic agriculture and Michigan's environment from 1967 - 2009. Merrill worked on this project for years, but then developed Alzheimer's in 2010 and her daughter Merry finished this it for her. The story traces Merrill's background in Illinois, her marriage to John Clark, and their harrowing cross-country trip before launching their ultimate mission: starting an organic farm in 1980. Merrill Clark then became a charter member of the National Organic Standards Board in 1992, and she describes the struggles involved In the first efforts to define "organic" on the federal level. The dandelion analogy works on many levels in this book: the family roots, the roots being part of the solution to climate change, and the roots that connect to other issues that underlie the lived experiences of these three women. "Dandelion Roots Run Deep" will appeal to lovers of Wendell Berry, Rachel Carson, and Aldo Leopold, environmentalists, women, and anyone dealing with Alzheimer's.
About the author
Ms. Merry Bell Clark grew up wild during the eighties on a large, diverse, organic farm in Cassopolis, Michigan with parents who were both scientific and artistic. They instilled a reverence for nature and a love of creativity in all its forms. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Michigan in 1989 and went on to independently produce and direct theater productions in Ann Arbor and Boulder, Colorado. Then, she commenced an acting career in Hollywood, appearing in theater productions as well as commercials. Over the years, Ms. Clark has been a high school English teacher and has worked in the fitness industry. Ms. Clark took care of her mother from 2017 to 2021 while renovating their cabin and farmhouse. As an ovarian cancer survivor and caregiver, she is concerned with addressing women's health issues, as well as environmental issues, which are, indeed, "intertwined." She is also a landscape photographer and has written two other books, "Stripping Down to the Bones" and "Waxing Pathetic."

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