Books

A list of reading and viewing materials that help explain the importance of our mission.

 The Omnivore's Dilemna 

Should we eat a fast-food hamburger? Something organic? Or perhaps something we hunt, gather, or grow ourselves? The omnivore’s dilemma has returned with a vengeance, as the cornucopia of the modern American supermarket and fast-food outlet confronts us with a bewildering and treacherous food landscape. What’s at stake in our eating choices is not only our own and our children’s health, but the health of the environment that sustains life on earth.

Breaking Hard Ground

Stories of the Minnesota Farm Advocates - About the farm foreclosure crises in the 80s where mostly MN farm women organized around FMHA loans that were being foreclosed on.

The Farm as Natural Habitat, Reconnecting Food Systems with Ecosystems,  Edited by Dana L Jackson and Laura L. Jackosn, Island Press.

Wendell Berry said, “It’s the most necessary book I’ve read in a long time.  I hope it can be the start of a conversation between the farmers and the conservationists.”   The contributors to this book believe in the idea that restoring a relationship between farming and the natural world can bring about the sustainability of both.

Simpler Living Compassionate Life, a christian perspective, edited & compiled by Michael Schut, Living the Good News Press. 

This book tackles the question of how much do we need to be fulfilled?  In looking at simplicity, it considers Time as Commodity, Money in Your Life, the Social and Environmental Impacts of Everyday Food Choices, Social Structures and the Politics of Simplicity.  It includes a study guide for individuals and groups.

The World's Healthiest Foods, by George Mateljan   Essential guide for the healthiest way of eating 
  
Last Child In The Woods, by Richard Louv  Saving our children from nature deficit disorder     
 
Epitaph For A Peach, by David M. Masumoto   Four seasons on my family's farm 
  
Silent Spring, by Rachel Carlson   Where have all the butterflies gone 
 
The Farm as Natural Habitat, Reconnecting Food Systems with Ecosystems,  Edited by Dana L Jackson and Laura L. Jackosn, Island Press.
Wendell Berry said, “It’s the most necessary book I’ve read in a long time.  I hope it can be the start of a conversation between the farmers and the conservationists.”   The contributors to this book believe in the idea that restoring a relationship between farming and the natural world can bring about the sustainability of both.

 

Simpler Living Compassionate Life, a Christian Perspective, edited & compiled by Michael Schut, Living the Good News Press. 

This book tackles the question of how much do we need to be fulfilled?  In looking at simplicity, it considers Time as Commodity, Money in Your Life, the Social and Environmental Impacts of Everyday Food Choices, Social Structures and the Politics of Simplicity.  It includes a study guide for individuals and groups.

Harvest for Hope: A Guide to Mindful Eating,  by Jane Goodall 
An exploration of the global meaning of food and what all of us can do to exercise power over the food industry and, ultimately, our environment.
2005
 
Hennepin County Library's "Talk & Taste List"  http://www.hclib.org/pub/bookspace/booklistaction.cfm?list_num=1157  
Further reading related to sustainable agriculture and eating locally.
 
 
Conversations With the Land, by Jim VanDerPol 
This book by Jim VanDerPol is 59 columns in 164 pages about rural life, rural people, farming, and agriculture economics and politics. It is for sale for $15.95 (plus postage and handling for mail orders) at the farm, on the route and at selected locations, such as all offices of the Land Stewardship Project (and at Clean Up the River Environment as well). The cover photo is nearly worth the price alone.

Here is a review that Brian Devore of LSP wrote: http://looncommons.org/2011/12/12/conversations-with-the-land/

And an excerpt from the book:
“There is a sense in which the field is a commons for me and my family and livestock and the fox and her cubs, as well as the birds and insects that fly up from the cutter bar and everything else that calls the field home. To think of it as such, whether or not it is or could be, seems to me to be a way of encouraging kindly use of it by all of us. And kindly use is a result good enough that I tend to think that applying the philosophy of the commons is a good idea.”

 

Cookbooks


The Northern Heartland Kitchen by Beth Dooley  book cover

http://x-128-101-90-43.upress.umn.edu/Books/D/dooley_northern.html

Savoring the Seasons of the Northern Heartland by Lucia Watson and Beth Dooley 

https://www.lucias.com/shop/cookbooks

The Locavore's Kitchen: A Cook's Guide to Seasonal Eating and Preserving by Suszko, Marilou K.

"The Locavore's Kitchen" invites readers to savor homegrown foods that come from the garden, the farm stand, or local farmers markets through cooking and preserving the freshest ingredients. 2011