Heads up, Guerillas!
Peter Golkin of the Arlington Public Library has graciously invited us to some upcoming Arlington Reads 2010 events. (Arlington Reads is Arlington Public Library’s annual one-book, one-community initiative to promote discussion and the joy of reading throughout the County.) This year, our food takes center plate... as Arlington Reads 2010 looks at the movement away from industrial mass production back to safer, healthier meals grown through local, sustainable means.
"Eating Local" Panel
Date: Sunday, April 11, 2010
Where: Shirlington Branch Library
More: A group of area farmers and naturalists will look at simple ways to eat foods that are safer, healthier and geared to the bounty of each season. In addition, the films "Food, Inc.," "Fast Food Nation," locally made documentary "A Community of Gardeners," and "How to Cook Your Life" will be screened. Central Library in April is also the site of a month-long juried art exhibition, "The Art of Food."
"The Memory of Old Jack" community discussion
Date: Monday, April 19, 2010
Where: Arlington Central Library Auditorium
More: Berry’s book "The Memory of Old Jack" is the Arlington Reads 2010 title, and will be the subject of a community discussion. Leading the exchange will be Professor Patrick Deneen, director of Georgetown University’s Tocqueville Forum on the Roots of American Democracy.
Novella Carpenter, urban farmer and author
When: Thursday, April 29, 2010
More: Novella Carpenter, urban farmer and author of "Farm City: The education of an urban farmer," will discuss her experiences connecting with the soil in Oakland, CA. Ms. Carpenter created her own farm in the middle of an Oakland, CA neighborhood called "GhostTown." While in Arlington, Carpenter also plans to share thoughts with high school students and explore some of the County’s farmers' markets and community gardens.
Wendell Berry, literary legend and Kentucky farmer
When: Tuesday, May 4, 2010
More: Mr. Berry – who declared "eating is an agricultural act," thus inspiring today’s movement toward safer, healthier, locally produced meals and sustainable living – will discuss his life’s work and his vision of people honoring and reconnecting with the soil. "Wendell Berry actually began the national conversation about food, agriculture, the environment and health decades ago," Arlington Public Library Director Diane Kresh says. "Without him, we probably wouldn’t have a vegetable garden on the White House lawn or Wal-Mart trying to sell organic produce." Kresh says this year’s Arlington Reads celebrates not only Berry’s "remarkable career as a writer of over 30 novels, essays and collections of poetry but his prescience in encouraging readers to 'think globally and eat locally.'"
For more information on these and other Arlington Reads events, visit the Arlington Reads 2010 website.