Countryside Readers Group
If you're looking for some real food for thought about the relationship between humans, land and food, the Countryside Readers may be just the group for you.
The Countryside Readers explores the relationships between land, farming, and food. Everybody eats - and it has consequences for personal, community and environmental health. These are the big issues we will be talking about.
Menu for the Future Discussion Course
Menu for the Future is a six-session discussion course developed by the Northwest Earth Institute focusing on sustainability and our food choices. The discussion courses developed by NEI are designed to engage participants with their individual perspectives and actions, and then reflect on the community and environmental impacts of these choices. Reading selections are carefully curated to explore topics from multiple perspectives, and to encourage thoughtful and collaborative dialogue.
Menu for the Future includes writings by Wendell Berry, Michael Pollan, Francis Moore Lappe, Anna Lappe, Marion Nestle and more. Themes range from analyzing the various types of information that influence our food choices, to the political and economic factors that either push or limit information or products, and finally to an exploration of individual and community methods for building and supporting a sustainable food system.
Group size will be limited to 20 participants. We are looking for a diverse mix of perspectives - from the skeptic, to the newly interested, to the engaged consumer, to all types of farmers and food producers. Active group participation is an expectation and each meeting is led by a different volunteer participant.
Discussion meetings are scheduled to coincide with the Countryside Winter Farmers’ Market at Old Trail School, starting on February 9th, 2013. Subsequent sessions will occur on February 23rd, March 9th and 23rd and April 6th and 27th, 2013. All meetings will be held at Old Trail School and will begin at 10 AM and last approximately 1 hour. The cost of participation will be $30.00, which covers the cost of the course book (+shipping/handling). We will order the books in bulk to save on shipping and pick up will be available at the January 26th Countryside Winter Farmers’ Market.
Please register by January 18th to ensure delivery of course book and to allow for reading/thinking time prior to first meeting. Register here.
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