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October Food Book Club

  • Christy Webber Farm & Garden Center 2833 West Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL, 60612 United States (map)

Join us for our final food book club meeting of 2018 with a discussion of Letters to a Young Farmer. We will be meeting at the Christy Webber Farm & Garden Center (in their upstairs loft space) on Monday 10/29 at 6pm. Feel free to bring a snack or small dish to share as we discuss this read full of wisdom surrounding the future of food and farming. All are welcome. Please RSVP to katie.johnson@slowfoodchicago.org.

Letters to a Young Farmer is for everyone who appreciates good food grown with respect for the earth, people, animals, and community. Three dozen esteemed writers, farmers, chefs, activists, and visionaries address the highs and lows of farming life—as well as larger questions of how our food is produced and consumed—in vivid and personal detail. Barbara Kingsolver speaks to the tribe of farmers—some born to it, many self-selected—with love, admiration, and regret. Dan Barber traces the rediscovery of lost grains and foodways. Michael Pollan bridges the chasm between agriculture and nature. Bill McKibben connects the early human quest for beer to the modern challenge of farming in a rapidly changing climate. Congresswoman Chellie Pingree probes the politics of being a young farmer today. Farmer Mas Masumoto passes on family secrets to his daughter—and not-soon-forgotten stories to us all. Other contributors include Temple Grandin, Verlyn Klinkenborg, Wendell Berry, Rick Bayless, and Marion Nestle.

Letters to a Young Farmer is both a compelling history and a vital road map—a reckoning of how we eat and farm; how the two can come together to build a more sustainable future; and why now, more than ever before, we need farmers.

Earlier Event: October 20
Late October preSERVE Garden Volunteer Day
Later Event: November 1
2018 Food Book Club