Devotion and obedience to creation,
to life, the respect due a butterfly,
the bee, spider.
They are all fertilizers of man’s garden.
- Alan Chadwick, Saratoga, 1972
Welcome to the Alan Chadwick Legacy Project and our Talking Chadwick program featuring memories of pioneering organic gardener and teacher Alan Chadwick. You’ll discover stories by and about Chadwick apprentices and colleagues, both in audio clips and written narratives.
More than thirty years after his death, people still refer to Alan Chadwick in the present tense, a fascinating testament to the power of his personality and ideas. It is challenging, perhaps even foolhardy, to attempt to capture this complex man – such a huge person and influence – in a few web pages. In the words of Covelo apprentice Alan York, "His legacy will always live on because he captured our imaginations and gave us practical skills to turn our dreams into the reality of our lives."
"I recruited students to come and to help him and they would come under his influence. Some of them even dropped out of school to devote themselves full time to Alan and the garden."
Paul Lee - UC Santa Cruz
"Miracles are happening every moment and we don’t even know it… Have we reverence for the air? Do we rise when the stars are still in the sky and greet the dawn?"
Betty Peck & Jackie Welch - Saratoga
"...the whole of life is connected and Alan helped manifest that connection and that connection is growing and it's what can heal us."
Steven Decater - UC Santa Cruz, Covelo
"He just is like something out of the Old Testament, you know, a raging prophet – just on fire."
Richard Wilson - Covelo
"This is what I admire about Alan – the difficulty of dealing with young American kids who had no clue … both in terms of western civilization and culture, in terms of nature and the evolution of the earth."
- Fred Marshall - Covelo