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Meet David Moscow, Author of From Scratch: Adventures in Harvesting, Hunting, Fishing and Foraging on a Fragile Planet

Wednesday, March 22, 2023 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Natural History Museum of Utah | Rio Tinto Center | 301 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City

An Evening with David Moscow

Join us on Wednesday, March 22 at 7:00 p.m. for a presentation and conversation with David Moscow, author of FROM SCRATCH: Adventures in Harvesting, Hunting, Fishing, and Foraging on a Fragile Planet, and archaeobotanist Dr. Lisbeth Louderback, NHMU's Curator of Archaeology. 

This talk is FREE to attend, but please register using the form below.

In the book, creator and star of the A & E television series From Scratch David Moscow (actor of Big and Newsies fame) and his father Jon Moscow take us on an exploration of our planet’s complex and interconnected food supply, showing us where our food comes from and why it matters. 

FROM SCRATCH: Adventures in Harvesting, Hunting, Fishing, and Foraging on a Fragile Planet offers a powerful call to action urging us to marvel in the world around us while simultaneously examining the environmental issues, cultural concerns, and overlooked histories intertwined with the food we eat to survive and thrive. 

More broadly David’s mission is to help people reconnect with food and the people who make it while encouraging us to rethink our relationship with our planet. Some of the questions he encourages us to ask and helps answer include:

  • How can we apply sustainable food production practices while still honoring the culture of the communities that produce it? 
  • What role does the food industry play in our current economic, environmental and climate crises? 
  • What can we do to alleviate some of the pressure that food production puts on our planet? 
  • What are some of the effects of being so far removed from the sources of the food we’re consuming?

Among the experts David interviewed for the series and book was NHMU's Dr. Louderback, former Director of Conservation at Red Butte Garden Dr. Bruce Pavlik, and Cythina Wilson, a Navajo Tribal member from Monument Valley, UT, and director of Utah Diné Bikéyah’s traditional foods program, all of whom introduced David to the Four Corners Potato.

Dr. Lisbeth Louderbeck with David Moscow near Escalante, Utah.

Event Details

David's presentation will include participation by both Dr. Lisbeth Louderbeck and Dr. Bruce Pavlik.

Copies of FROM SCRATCH: Adventures in Harvesting, Hunting, Fishing, and Foraging on a Fragile Planet are available at many local booksellers, and will be on sale at the Museum as well. David will sign books and light refreshments will be served. 

Please RSVP for this event by completing the form below.