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Reclaiming Our Food: How the Grassroots Food Movement Is Changing the Way We Eatby Tanya Denckla Cobb
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Winner of the Nautilus 2012 Gold Award for Green Living, given to books that promote spiritual growth, conscious living, and positive social change; stimulate the imagination; and offer new possibilities for a better life and a better world.
The projects described in this book are cropping up everywhere, from urban lots to rural communities and everywhere in between. In Portland, Oregon, an organization called Growing Gardens installs home gardens for low-income families and hosts follow-up workshops for the owners. Lynchburg Grows, in Lynchburg, Virginia, bought an abandoned 6.5-acre urban greenhouse business and turned it into an organic farm that offers jobs to people with disabilities and sells its food through a local farmers' market and a CSA. Sunburst Trout Farm, a small family business in rural North Carolina, is showing that it's possible to raise fish sustainably and sell to a local market. And in Asheville, North Carolina, Growing Minds is finding ways to help bring fresh foods into schools.
"In the wake of destructive factory farming practices and a gradual disconnect between people and the origins of their food, many are turning to sustainable local farming methods to reconnect with land and food sources, encourage food stability and independence (particularly in poor urban communities), support community growth, and utilize cities. As a result, a number of small non-profits and family farms are revitalizing farming for the next generation. In this meticulously researched, fascinating book, Cobb, an expert on food system planning, interviews these innovators to explore where we are as a nation in terms of food systems, where we're going, and what kinds of changes can be enacted to get us there, all in an accessible, reader-friendly tone. Cobb (The Gardener's A-Z Guide to Growing Organic Food) not only provides theory, but also includes tips for backyard gardening, raising urban livestock, and getting involved in community gardening. After finishing this immersive, inspiring, and educational book, readers will feel empowered to address the food systems in their lives and encourage a more responsible approach to consumption and production. "
Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Book News Annotation:
Cobb (food system planning, U. of Virginia) is the author of The Gardener's A-Z Guide to Growing Organic Food. In this text, she examines a sampling of the grassroots community food projects undertaken around the US by a variety of people, from social innovators to experienced businesspeople, technical inventors, and exceptional systems thinkers. Ranging from Boston to Nashville to Birmingham to Seattle, they include projects initiated by individuals--urban and rural farmers, restaurant owners and chefs--as well as community members or neighborhoods joining together to create meaning and purpose in their lives, and to restore harmony and balance in their relationships with the land, food, and each other. Illustrated with full-color photographs, the accounts describe how the projects were developed and lessons learned in the process, which may be useful to readers interested in starting similar efforts in their own communities. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Join the Revolution!
All across the country, Americans are demanding more fresh, local foods--at home, in their schools, in restaurants, and at food markets. Community food projects from Boston to Nashville to Birmingham to Seattle are rising to meet this need. Led by innovative, creative people from all walks of life, these projects are strengthening communities by creating valuable jobs, preserving cultural traditions, building local knowledge about growing food, and educating schoolchildren. Inspirational stories of nearly 60 grassroots food programs provide hundreds of useful "lessons learned," offering an enduring handbook for everyone hoping to join the movement.
Join the Revolution!
All across America, concerned eaters are rejecting heavily processed, nutrient-poor foods and embracing fresh, local edibles. Community-based food projects from Boston to Nashville to Birmingham to Seattle are offering reasonably priced organic produce to local residents and restaurants, providing valuable jobs, preserving cultural traditions, giving residents the knowledge and tools to grow their own food, and educating school-children. Profiles of more than 50 groups offer a broad look at the many reasons to create and nurture local food systems and serve as an inspiring guide for everyone hoping to join the movement.
About the Author
Tanya Denckla Cobb is a writer, a professional environmental mediator at the Institute for Environmental Negotiation, and a teacher of food system planning at the University of Virginia. She is passionate about bringing people together to find common ground and create solutions for mutual gain. She co-founded a community forestry nonprofit organization, served as Executive Director of the Virginia Urban Forest Council, and facilitated the birth of the Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute and the Virginia Food System Council. At home, she enjoys the restorative energy of gardening and cooking from her garden. She lives in Virginia and is the author of Reclaiming Our Food, The Gardener’s A to Z Guide to Growing Organic Food, and Organic Gardener’s Home Reference.
Table of Contents
Food and Community: Growing a Grassroots Movement
1: Food from Home: Supporting Backyard Gardeners
2: Community: Coming Together around Food
3: Urban Farming: Growing Food in the City
4: Empowerment: Food Movements in At-Risk Communities
5: Education: Food, Nutrition, and Agriculture in Schools
6: Food Heritage: Preserving Cultural Identities
7: Sustainability: Food for the Long Term
8: Infrastructure: Building Local Food Networks
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