I had the great pleasure of being interviewed on Earth Day this year by Marcus Smith for his radio show / podcast Thinking Aloud about Liberty Hyde Bailey and his book The Holy Earth, the centennial edition of which I edited this year in collaboration with Wendell Berry, who wrote the foreword. You can listen to the interview, which spans Bailey's personal story from childhood on the farm to founding Dean of the College of Agriculture at Cornell, as well as my personal story about how Bailey changed my life (and the way I look at apples, among other things), here.
Here's the blurb from Thinking Aloud:
FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2016
John Linstrom: Liberty Hyde Bailey--Bio-Author, Father of American Horticulture
Tonight on Classical 89 we mark Earth Day with an interview about Liberty Hyde Bailey, the Father of American Horticulture. We'll pay particular attention to his small but influential book The Holy Earth, which has recently been released from Counterpoint Press in a centennial edition. (The Holy Earth first appeared in 1915.) This new edition contains an introductory foreword by Wendell Berry. Our guest is editor for this special edition, John Linstrom, former director of the Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum in Bailey's hometown of South Haven, Michigan.