SEPTEMBER'S BOOK OF THE MONTH:
LENTIL UNDERGROUND: HOW NEARBY FARMERS BUILT A GLOBAL MODEL FOR LOCAL FOOD BY LIZ CARLISLE
When: Sunday, September 29 from 4 - 6:30 p.m.
Where: Location will be announced via email reminder
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"What better book to read for September’s Good Food Book Club as we head towards the great Palouse fall harvest than Lentil Underground: Renegade Farmers and the Future of Food in America, by Liz Carlisle!? Start out at the Lentil Festival, our annual epic Fete of all things Lentil, then head home to the heady smells of fall harvest: the drying plums, the smell of apples on the breeze, the whiff of smoked peppers at the Moscow Farmer’s Market. Grab this month’s book and a bowl of lentil stew, a hunk of sourdough, and a glass of white wine, and you’ll be all set.
"Liz Carlisle a Montanan herself, does a masterful job spotlighting the revolutionary story of a gang of low-key, off–the-industrial-supply-chain lentil farmers—who reclaim their small farm legacy by figuring out how to stay true to their roots while opening up their doors, and their harvests, to the farm-to-table customers who so dearly want the same things. When people realize the true costs and harms of the industrial supply chain—and we’re in an exponential phase of public perception on that—they want to get and eat real local food! It’s a win-win for local farmers and those of us who like to eat real local food.
"Lentil Underground is a microcosm and model for how a bunch of nearby motley farmers took their hoes back into their own hands, put their feet down in the dirt, and said, Enough. They are a part of revolutionizing the local and regional PNW food system, and they now sell locally as well as to large companies who are committed to offering healthy farm-to-table real foods to customers around the country. It’s a scalable model that works.
Frederick Kirschenmann, author of Cultivating an Ecological Conscience writes, 'Liz Carlisle’s new book is an absolute treasure—actual stories of real farmers in a part of Montana, some of whom found that their industrial farming practices were a “losing game” and some who discovered that locally adapted organic farming could be resilient and economically successful. It is a must read for anyone interested in the future of food in America.'"
-Co-op Volunteer and Book Club president Rachel Clark