Good Food Book Club

The Good Food Book Club is an avenue for Moscow Food Co-op owners and the greater Palouse community to foster civil dialogue, connection between people, and community engagement through thoughtful book club subject matter. We aim to provide an open, inviting venue to share educational and entertaining information critical to our food system and other pressing social issues. 

For detailed information on the book of the month as well as past books, please visit the Good Food Book Club section of Community News.




The Suburban Microfarm BY Amy stross

When: Sunday, June 2 from 4 - 5:30 p.m.
Where: Location will be announced via email reminder
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I just finished reading The Suburban Micro-Farm and I can say without reservation that it’s the best book of its kind I’ve read yet. My verdict: 5 out of 5 stars. Get a copy and get another copy for a friend.

-David Goodman, Mother Earth News

Welcome to May! With the return of the sun and bountiful Palouse events like the Renaissance Festival and the Moscow Farmer’s Market, plenty of us will be outside kneeling in the dirt. Or dreaming of it.

If you’re a dirt dreamer aspiring to grow more food at home, May’s book is for you. Join us to discuss The Suburban Micro-Farm: Modern Solutions for Busy People by the inimitable Amy Stross. This is, hands down, a book for our times. In crisp fun prose Stross lights a path to immediate food and health sovereignty, at both the micro- and macrocosm levels. Her work to build permaculture-principled food forests on tiny plots of land – plots that offer up abundant delicious and healthy local food – documents the next phase of our shift away from the horrors of the industrial food system.

But this is not a back-to-the-lander treatise. It’s a new, but deeply-rooted system for permanent local food resilience. And Stross’s simple fifteen-minutes a day approach means that most any one can implement these principles at home, school, business, and beyond. It’s a jump to the future of suburban micro-farms everywhere.

The books comes with calendars, planning sheets, and check-lists. It has diagrams and inspiration for which plants to grow where, how to establish food guilds in your yard, nurturing rich vibrant soil, and getting abundant, thriving harvests of healthy food you can eat, sell, and share.

Mary S. Chadduck, of The American Gardener says:

Those who live in the suburbs would likely agree it offers many advantages, such as proximity to schools, workplaces, and other amenities. But how about its food production potential? In The Suburban Micro-Farm, Amy Stross makes the case that all sorts of small spaces can yield a surprising amount of food, and it can be done without sacrificing every spare moment. The secret is thinking like a farmer, but on a micro-scale.

And Jennifer Melville, of the San Francisco Book Review writes:

A suburban micro-farmer myself, I love Stross’s no-nonsense advice, colorful pictures, and detailed organizational planning. From creating rich soil to composting, planting vegetables to growing fruit trees or kitchen herbs, The Suburban Micro-Farm is jam-packed with information and deserves a spot on your bookshelf.

Please join us to discuss The Suburban Micro-Farm by Amy Stross (Twisted Creek Press 2018) on Sunday June 2 (in observance of Memorial Day on the previous weekend) from 4:00-5:30pm at a member’s private residence. Location and details will come in this month’s email reminder. Remember to email to receive reminders about the Good Food Book Club. The Suburban Micro-Farm 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 BookPeople of Moscow where Book Club members receive a discount.

— Book club president Rachel Clark




Once upon a farm BY Rory Feek

When: Sunday, June 30 from 4 - 5:30 p.m.
Where: Location will be announced via email reminder
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Welcome to June and the increasing warmth of summer on the Palouse. Also, our book! Please join us for June’s Good Food Book Club book, Once Upon a Farm: Lessons on Growing Love, Life, and Hope on a New Frontier by Rory Feek.

As we collectively navigate your changing world, many of us have mourning arise as we contemplate losses – some of these are personal, and increasingly, they are a new kind of universal. With recent news of the imminent extinction crisis and an upwelling awareness of our generation’s rapidly closing window to soften the impacts of climate change, we all face rapid change and new lives. Lives we aren’t able to know or see quite yet. And then, there are our children and their lives.

Rory Feek’s book(s) and story are a microcosm for thriving across profound loss and change, diving deeply into the power of personal narrative, love, and living in fierce alignment with his own life values. And how to raise his daughter after losing her mother, the love of his life. With love – unconditional love of self, other, and the mystical unity of all that is – Feek show’s that maybe anything really is possible.

His biography reads like a visionary leader who’s been through the hardest losses, and this particular book looks to be very inspiring! Also, he and his late wife were a country music phenomenon, he’s created books and movies in her honor, and their daughter goes to school in a one-room schoolhouse built for their community.

This is a book that promises to illuminate some truths of navigating our increasingly complex world, unify across some divides, and offer up hope for a different kind of life –not one that goes backward to homesteading but forward to what is known as “lifesteading.” Something we may all be able to use a little more of in these charged times.

Please join us to discuss Once Upon a Farm by Rory Feek (Thomas Nelson, 2018) on Sunday June 30 from 4:00-5:30pm at a member’s private residence. Location and details will come in this month’s email reminder. Remember to email to receive reminders about the Good Food Book Club. Once Upon a Farm 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 BookPeople of Moscow where Book Club members receive a discount.

— Book club president Rachel Clark