Somerville Reads is a project that promotes literacy and community by encouraging people all over the City to read and discuss books on the same theme. For our third annual program, the subject is food—local, sustainable, delicious!

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Discuss Urban Farming and Farm City with Jessie Banhazl

We're getting excited for the first book discussion of this year's Somerville Reads! It will be held at the Central Library this coming Thursday (April 5th) at 7:00 p.m. and will be led by Jessie Banhazl (pictured), co-founder, managing director, and owner of Green City Growers, a Somerville company that installs and maintains organic vegetable gardens for homeowners, businesses, restaurants, and schools. By the way, if you haven't read Farm City yet, come anyway! In addition to discussing the book, we'll be discussing urban farming in general and it's sure to be an interesting and lively evening. Below is a list of a few more resources on this topic, all of which are available through the Minuteman Library Network - happy reading!


Another Turn of the Crank: Essays by Wendell Berry

Bringing It to the Table: on Farming and Food by Wendell Berry

The Dirty Life: a Memoir of Farming, Food, and Love by Kristin Kimball

Folks, This Ain't Normal: a Farmer's Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World by Joel Salatin

Food and the City: Urban Agriculture and the New Food Revolution by Jennifer Cockrall-King

Made from Scratch: Discovering the Pleasures of a Handmade Life by Jenna Woginrich

My Empire of Dirt: How One Man Turned his Big City Backyard into a Farm by Manny Howard

On Good Land: the Autobiography of an Urban Farm by Michael Ableman

Sex, Economy, Freedom & Community: Eight Essays by Wendell Berry

Vertical Farm: Feeding the World in the 21st Century by Dr. Dickson Despommier

Your Farm in the City: an Urban Dweller's Guide to Growing Food and Raising Livestock by Lisa Taylor and the gardeners of Seattle Tilth


A Hole in a Fence

The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil