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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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"Women need a voice in how our food is raised. You can no longer just "keep the books: for the men folk. We need to start writing the books on how to become better farmers. I would love for more women to realize how significant our traditional care-taking roles can be in caring for our soils. I am grateful for being able to raise my children on a farm where we use no harmfor agricultural chemicals. The greatest gifts I have given my children have been learned from this farm. The lessons taught here will help them become responsible adults."

Nancy Vogelsberg-Bush, Home City, Kansas --Marshall County from Kansas Farm Women Growing Out of the Tilth by Cynthia Vagnetti, 1992.