The core idea
The core idea of the Alan Chadwick Legacy Project is to document the living legacy of this remarkable man. Chadwick’s ideas about nurturing and healing the earth need to be heard and discussed now. Building soils, increasing crop yields organically, and access to fresh, local foods are key to the sustainability the world needs today more than ever. Hundreds of Chadwick apprentices heard this message and many of them are carrying on his vision for the garden, humanity, and the earth in their lives. The success of his apprentices in mentoring still others, along with the sheer power of Chadwick’s personality and ideas, has led subsequent generations to embrace him and many of his gardening concepts and practices. To truly document the living legacy, we plan to add the voices of new generations of apprentices to the Talking Chadwick program.
While the Alan Chadwick Legacy Project welcomes all Chadwick stories and storytellers, we are giving special attention to the Round Valley Garden Project in rural Covelo, Mendocino County.
With support, the Alan Chadwick Legacy Project will continue to record apprentice oral histories, present edited audio short stories and maintain this website with as much public interface as possible. Other goals include increasing our capabilities so that we can present more complete audio and eventually transcribe the recordings, to make them available in print format.
Board of directors
Two Chadwick Covelo Garden apprentices, Fred Marshall and Katrina Frey, are serving as board members for The Alan Chadwick Legacy Project with historian Dot Brovarney. Fred became a close confidant of Alan's as well as an apprentice instructor. He managed the Covelo Garden following Alan's move to Virginia in 1978. Katrina is Executive Director of Frey Winery, the first organic winery in the U.S. founded in 1980. The Freys began growing grapes biodynamically in 1996 and identify Alan Chadwick as the inspiration for their farming techniques. Dot's oral histories have formed the basis for museum exhibits and books. Much of her work focuses on how people shape the land where they live and how the land, in turn, shapes them.
We at the Alan Chadwick Legacy Project are grateful to Craig Siska and his team in North Carolina for sharing the collections of the Alan Chadwick Archive with us and for the monumental task they are undertaking to gather, digitize, preserve, and share these important records. Learn more about the archive project: www.alanchadwick.net. Thanks also to Craig for sharing with us the paintings of Alan's favorite artist, Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904) which have been used as design elements throughout the site.