An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace - Tamar Adler (2012)

Through her delicious prose, Adler invites the reader into her kitchen to (re-) acquire the tools for managing a sustainable kitchen. In this easily accessible and relatable home environment, food is experienced as both basic sustenance and an illuminated act of love. This book reminds us of the foodways of our past and educates on how to keep an economical, flavorful, and satisfying kitchen. Adler, following in the footsteps of MFK Fisher's How to Cook a Wolf, guides you through your kitchen and cooking practices, inspiring you to approach food conscientiously to maximize flavor and minimize waste. (Summary by Avery Robinson)

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Bank of Ann Arbor

As part of their Project Help campaign, Bank of Ann Arbor was a huge help in getting our Pilot Garden started. Their support helped us purchase seeds and compost, trellising supplies for the plants, and a fence to help keep a few furry critters away, all vital as we demonstrated successes in engaging and training volunteers and growing healthy food to support our community. Our Pilot Garden was just one of the projects all across Ann Arbor that BoAA supported through the Project Help campaign.

Cadillac Desert: The American West and its Disappearing Water - Marc Reisner (1986)

Cadillac Desert explores the settling of the American west and its grand transformation during the 19th and 20th centuries, which Marc Reisner relays as a quest to tame precious freshwater.  Reisner wrote, “As is the case with most western states, California’s very existence is premised on epic liberties taken with water…  virtually every drop of water in the state is put to some economic use before being allowed to return to the sea. Very little of this water is used by people, however. Most of it is used for irrigation – 80% of it, to be exact. That is a low percentage, by western standards. (9)” Cadillac Desert is the story of how this situation came to be. (Summary by Jerry Tyrrell)

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or check out the film (1997)




Civic Agriculture: Reconnecting Farm, Food, and Community - Thomas Lyson (2004)

Civic Agriculture by Thomas Lyson

Lyson describes the transition from subsistence to production and offers background about the industrial-global nature of America's food system. Introducing readers to the conventional food system, he covers production and distribution and the inherent problems. Lyson follows this by describing some components that he believes will begin fixing the system including a shift to a decentralized, regionally focused food system that made of farmers markets, community supported and urban agriculture among many others. Civic Agriculture serves readers looking for an introduction to America's food system problems and some solutions. (Summary by Jerry Tyrrell)

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Consulting the Genius of the Place: An Ecological Approach to a New Agriculture - Wes Jackson (2010)

"… If our species is to find a road leading to great resilience and sustainability, an ecologically sound agriculture can – must – take the lead… Until now, a feature of agriculture has been to subdue or ignore nature [but]... all visions of a sustainable or resilient society must rely on renewable resources… Agriculture, broadly defined, may be the only artifact in current civilization where that potential resides.”- Wes Jackson
In Consulting the Genius of the Place, Wes Jackson argues that to create sustainable grain production we need to model our farms on ecosystems. He describes lays out a 50-year Farm Bill and describes The Land Institute which is developing perennial grain crops. (Summary by Jerry Tyrrell)

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