Hooked on Foraging | Shorewords!

October 20, 2022

How to tap the bounty of the shoreline!

Join Shorewords host, Lesley Ewing, in conversation with Kirk Lombard, teacher, fisher, author, singer, poet and tuba-player.  Kirk’s book, The Sea Forager’s Guide to the Northern California Coast, is more than just a fishing guide and it has foraging wisdom for areas far beyond the Northern CA coast.  Described by Bill Heavey from Field & Stream, as ‘Frank Zappa meets Aldo Leopold,’ the Sea Forager’s Guide includes fishing tales, poetry, the where, when and how to foraging, and even recipes.

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Lesley Ewing

Hello. I’m Lesley Ewing, host of Shorewords!. This podcast combines two of my favorite things – the ocean and books. I learned to swim before I could walk and looked forward each summer to my family’s vacation at Ocean City, Maryland. As a student I was interested in science and engineering and became an environmental engineer before learning that there was something called coastal engineering. Both my 1 st and 2 nd mid-life crises resulted in me going back to school – first for a Masters of Engineering at UC Berkeley and later for a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. The first crisis also moved me from DC to the SF Bay. The second crisis reminded me how much I liked to read. Getting a Ph.D. while working a 40+-hour/week job meant that my only reading was work reports, text books and technical articles. They were all important and interesting books, but as soon as school ended, I replaced my academic text books with broader literature and realized that the coast was often a character in the fiction and non-fiction that I read. I am still fascinated by every visit to the ocean and remain in awe of what others write about the coast.