Rest in peace, Ristin

May 26, 2009 at 6:41 pm Leave a comment

Sustainable farmer and advocate, writer, carpenter and an inspiration to many, Ristin Cooks, 41, died Sunday May 17 following a long battle with cancer. She was buried Monday at Castle Rock Gardens, the home and 13-acre farm she shared with musician Patrick Walsh. I visited their place in September at a potluck pic-nic and tour celebrating Chatham’s artists and farmers. She was looking forward enthusiastically to the Slow Food International Terra Madre exposition in Turin, Italy, which she attended in October.

Ristin was dedicated to wholistic integrated farming. Her chickens, goats and hogs provided eggs and meat, and helped clear and fertilize the fields where she grew an array of heirloom vegetables and apples to sell at the Carrboro Farmers Market. According to Market manager Sarah Blacklin, Ristin’s motto was: “no chemicals, no pesticides, no icky stuff.” Amen to that.

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