Stan Crawford, The Garlic Papers
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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.”