This project was launched and is sponsored by the Michigan Land Use Institute and is a good example of collaborative efforts between organizations. We, here at NREC, are helping with promotion and logistical organization. Each season a book is chosen from Bob’s reading list of his Must Read books. The community is encouraged to buy or borrow the book so that we can have community conversations about the book in neighborhoods, churches, families, book groups and workplaces. MLUI sponsors one discussion each season with a facilitator. So far, we’ve read: Cooked by Michael Pollan and What’s the Economy for Anyway? by John De Graaf and David Batker. The book choice for the summer of 2014 is: Rebuilding the Foodshed: How to Create Local, Sustainable and Secure Food Systems by Phillip Ackerman-Leist. We hope that local folks will join in the main discussion on August 20th out at the Meadowlark Farm CSA in Cedar. Stephanie Mills, author and NREC Board Member, along with Diane Conners from MLUI will be leading the discussion. We encourage others to organize their own discussions about this important book. Watch for the announcement of the fall book!

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