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Literature of the Land Book Club - Fall

 

Join us for the Fall 2013 session of Literature of the Land, a book club series hosted by the Helen Fowler Library. We delve into literature related to the land and to nature, discussing topics that may range from environmental issues to the culture of food and drink, from the American dust bowl to the cinnamon trees of Southeast Asia.

 

We’ll read 3 books over 3 months, focusing on a specific topic of interest. This fall we’ll explore community food movements and urban agriculture projects.

 

We’ll start in September with Darrin Nordahl’s Public Produce: The New Urban Agriculture and learn about food growing efforts in public spaces and how these efforts can work to make fresh produce more available to the public while instilling a sense of place and community. In October, we’ll discuss The Town that Food Saved: How One Community Found Vitality in Local Food by Ben Hewitt. Hewitt recounts the tale of a struggling community in Vermont that jump started its economy by attempting a new agricultural strategy and by building a vibrant local food system that supports a large number of food-based businesses. For our last book, we’ll read Novella Carpenter’s Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer, “A unique and hilarious memoir about one woman living on a farm in downtown Oakland”. We’ll finish off the program with a visit to a restaurant that serves mostly local and organic food to everyone who walks through their door, regardless of economic status--a true example of community working together through local food and agriculture.

 

Discussion times :

 

Public Produce: The New Urban Agriculture by Darrin Nordahl

September 11 7-8:30 p.m. or

September 13 10-11:30 a.m. or *Cancelled*

September 19 7-8:30 p.m. *Cancelled*

 

The Town that Food Saved: How One Community Found Vitality in Local Food by Ben Hewitt

October 9 7-8:30 p.m. or

October 11 10-11:30 a.m. or

October 17 7-8:30 p.m.

 

Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer by Novella Carpenter

November 8 10-11:30 a.m. or

November 13 7-8:30 p.m or

November 21 7-8:30 p.m.

 

 

Registration is mandatory as attendance will be limited in number to allow for interactive discussion in a friendly group setting.

 

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