Menu for the Future—A Community Discussion Group on Food and Sustainability
Menu for the Future is a six-week discussion course exploring the connection between food and sustainability. Upcoming dates and locations sponsored by the SoRo Market:
· South Royalton, Feb. 2-March 8, (Wednesdays), 6:00 pm, Public Library
· Tunbridge, Feb 8-March 15, (Tuesdays), 7:00 pm., Tunbridge Library
No fee to participate in the group. The book, if you want to own one, is available at the South Royalton Market at the reduced price of $11. Or, you can read a copy on reserve at either of the two town libraries. Registration is on-going through Feb. 1; sign up at the Market.
This course is in the form of a study circle. Participants read several short selections (about 30-45 minutes of reading) for each session. The readings and suggested discussion questions form the basis for the 1 to 1 ½ hour discussion sessions. A list of topics is available at www.nwei.org.
This course (and seven others on environmental topics) was designed by staff and volunteers for the Northwest Earth Institute in Portland, Oregon. Catamount Earth Institute, located in the Upper Valley (VT/NH) is one of 24 “sister” Earth Institutes. More than 125,000 people in all 50 states have participated in these discussion courses.
The readings consider food from multiple perspectives—cultural, economic, ecological, health, and social—each presenting a different, though often complementary, angle on the complex modern food systems that many of us depend on. The course works without expectations of the participants; they are non-judgmental and inclusive.
The facilitator familiar with the course serves as moderator for the first session, ensuring that all participants have a chance to speak and that the discussion remains focused. For the rest of the course, participants take turns facilitating.
For the sake of the group, please make a commitment to all six sessions and arrive on time. You may bring food—a light snack or supper—if you are diligent about leaving the library clean.
Questions: contact Elizabeth Ferry, Education and Community Outreach Coordinator at the South Royalton Market: email@example.com.
Menu for the Future is the first “Community Conversation” effort organized by the following organizations: Catamount Earth Institute, Co-op Food Stores, Sierra Club, Sustainable Hanover, Upper Valley Land Trust, Upper Valley Localvores, Valley Food Council, and Vital Communities. The South Royalton Market is a local sponsor. Thanks to these groups for underwriting the cost of the books from the usual price of $21: the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation, King Arthur Flour, Mascoma Savings Bank Foundation, River Road Vet Clinic, and the Sierra Club.