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Book clubs and film festival programs are active and accessible ways to provide programming that will bring people together to learn and discuss issues related to food, farming and community. Here are annotated book and film lists to get you started.

Books for Conversations --42 books are listed and annotated, organized around these topics:

  • Agriculture & the land
  • American Agricultural History
  • Agrarian Philosophy and Heritage
  • Biology
  • Controversial Discussion Starters
  • Environment
  • Family Farming
  • Farming and Local History "How To"
  • Food
  • Land
  • Local Food
  • Rural Life: Bibliography for Youth Education
  • Plants that Changed the World
  • Organic Farming
  • Poetry
  • Sustainability Big Picture
  • Sustainable Agriculture

Film List 22 films on food and agriculture issues span media from full-length documentaries to short animations to support efforts from raising awareness to initiating dialog for social change.

Civic dialogue is engaging community conversations to listen with an open mind and learn more about what you believe in the process. This essay explores civic dialogue as a process.

Curriculum six 1.5-2 hour lessons aimed at adults in the general population can be used separately or together to expand awareness and encourage personal choice and participation in issues relating to the food we eat.


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"I have chosen small-scale agriculture because it is something I can do myself. I can make the decisions, I can be in control, I can manage the system myself. I really like growing food and products I can use directly as opposed to commodity crops which are a little more removed. I like the directness of it and the small scale."

Janette Ryan Bush, Iowa City, Iowa - Johnson County from Voices of Iowa Farm Women, 2004 by Cynthia Vagnetti