Talk of the Bay from KSQD
Local author Mary Flodin on her novel Fruit of the Devil, education, pesticides, and more

Mary Flodin’s novel, Fruit of the Devil, was a finalist for the Pacific Northwest Writers’ Competition and the PEN/Bellwether Award for Socially Engaged Fiction. She was awarded a fellowship to the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and has participated in numerous writers’ conferences, panels, and workshops.
After earning a teaching credential with an emphasis in environmental education from UCSC, Mary worked as a naturalist in an Outdoor Science School for two years before moving into the classroom. From the mid-80s to 2000 she taught in an elementary school in the Pajaro Unified School District surrounded by strawberry fields, and became involved in the struggle to protect her students from pesticide drift. She helped to found and is still active in the environmental and social justice group Farm Without Harm, now known as SASS – Safe Ag Safe Schools.
Mary taught English, social studies, art, environmental education, and digital media for over 25 years in California K-12 public schools before settling into the writer’s life.
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