Beet Read: Gaia's Garden


Oprah's got a book club, Gwyneth Paltrow's got a book club... and so does the Moscow Food Co-op! The Good Food Book Club to be exact.  Coordinated by fabulous Participating Owner, Rachel Caudill, this book club is sure to offer something for the health, eco and community minded reader. All book club selections can be purchased at BookPeople of Moscow, 521 South Main Street and are discounted for book club members.

The December Good Food Book Club selection is Gaia's Garden by Toby Hemenway.  You can read Rachel's review of Hemenway's book after the jump.

Join us in reading the December Co-op Good Food Book Club selection Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-scale Permaculture (2nd Edition) by Toby Hemenway. The Book Club will meet Sunday, December 29, from 7:00-8:30 at a member’s private residence to discuss Gaia’s Garden and share a tasty treat provided by the Co-op. Email for more information and directions.

We’ve all heard it repeated over and over again: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Commit to a low or no waste stream in your home and business. Compost your food scraps so they don’t end up in the landfill. Give your coffee grinds to your worm bin. And then there’s the tongue-in-cheek bumper sticker: Save the planet, kill yourself. What if there was a way to go much further than reducing your waste, or even approaching zero waste? What if you could give back to the Earth and your local land? What if you could nurture, restore and foster resilience right on your own little patch of home? And what if it was about terrific food…and a whole lot more?

Permaculture is a term that’s been around since the early 1960s, with related indigenous practices of sustainable management going into deep history. But today permaculture’s methods are seeing a renaissance, with many folks in the food movement—including Michael Pollan—embracing them, and those well beyond the food movement also urging us to change our consumptive culture of “taking” to something very different. Bill McKibben says this about Gaia’s Garden: “The world didn’t come with an operating manual, so it’s a good thing that some wise people have from time to time, written them. Gaia’s Garden is one of the more important, a book that will absolutely be necessary in the world ahead.”

What better “gift” to give and receive this holiday season, than one of the most celebrated how-to manuals for backyard folks on this revolutionary but ancient guide to fostering stewardship, resilience, and harmony? Create food security, eat well, give back to your land, and cut your carbon foot-print drastically…all while shifting our culture to resilience.

Please join us to discuss Gaia’s Garden Sunday, December 29 from 7:00-8:30 pm. Remember to email for the meeting location and directions and/or to receive email reminders about the Good Food Book Club. Gaia’s Garden (Chelsea Green 2000, 2009) by Toby Hemenway is available through your local library.  If you are interested in buying the book, check out the area’s local used book stores or visit Book People of Moscow where Book Club members receive a discount.    For more information about the Good Food Book Club, check out the Outreach section of the MFC website at