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Stan Crawford, The Garlic Papers
Stan Crawford, The Garlic Papers

Thu, Oct 24


Collected Works Bookstore and Coffeehous

Stan Crawford, The Garlic Papers

New Mexico garlic farm owner, Stan Crawford, details his 'David and Goliath' battle against the U.S. Commerce Department, as documented in Netflix's "Garlic Breath."

Date, Time & Location

Oct 24, 2019, 6:00 PM

Collected Works Bookstore and Coffeehous, 202 Galisteo Street, Santa Fe, NM, USA

About the Event

In the fall of 2014, garlic farm owner, Stanley Crawford, questioned the U.S. Commerce Department’s granting of an exemption of duties to the largest importer of Chinese garlic, setting off a massive legal battle in which his small farm in New Mexico has been pitted against the Chinese importer and its several international law firms. In this compelling account of his David and Goliath battle, now in its fifth year, Crawford describes his personal and farming life under a cloud of lawsuits and administrative skirmishes. The unusual case was of such interest that it became the subject of a Netflix documentary, “Garlic Breath,” in the six-part series Rotten, released in 2018.

Stanely Crawford is a writer and a farmer. He is co-owner with his wife, Rose Mary, of El Bosque Farm in Dixon, New Mexico, where they have lived since 1969. Crawford was born in 1937 and was educated at the University of Chicago and at the Sorbonne. He is the author of eight novels, including Village, Log of the S.S. The Mrs. Unguentine, Travel Notes, Gascoyne, and Some Instructions, plus two award-winning memoirs, A Garlic Testament: Seasons on a Small Farm in New Mexico, and Mayordomo: Chronicle of an Acequia in Northern New Mexico. High Country News calls him “one of the most original and incisive authors writing about the West today.” 

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