A Nation of Farmers: An Evening with Sharon Astyk

What do climate change, peak oil and economic uncertainty mean for farming, our local food systems and food security in general? Let's continue the public discourse on this critical issue at an event co-sponsored by Portland Maine Permaculture,
Food for Maine's Future,
Maine Department of Agriculture and the
Cape Farm Alliance. The use of Sprague Hall has been generously donated by
Cape Elizabeth Grange #242. Please join us for a community social hour (6:00 pm) followed by a timely and compelling talk by farmer and author Sharon Astyk (7:00 pm) at Sprague Hall, home of the Cape Elizabeth Grange.
Please note that due to the need to accomodate more attendees, we will have to forego the "full potluck" and reconfigure the room for more seating! Check this page for updates before heading to the event. Sharon is the author of
Depletion and Abundance as well as the upcoming
A Nation of Farmers: Defeating the Food Crisis on American Soil. This is likely to be the inaugural event for
A Nation of Farmers and Sharon will be bringing books to sign. $5.00 suggested donation to help defray the cost of bringing Sharon to Maine. Please see our Meetup Event RSVP Guidelines:
http://permaculture.m...[masked] Please bring a beverage or appetizer-type snack to share for our social hour. Please remember to bring your own potluck kit (plate/bowl/utensils/cup/napkin)! Please consider bringing your digital camera and posting up a few photos after the event! Potluck food safety ideas here:
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A Nation of Farmers: Defeating the Food Crisis on American Soil By Sharon Astyk and Aaron Newton Once we could fill our grocery carts with cheap and plentiful food, but not anymore. Cheap food has gone the way of cheap oil. Climate change is already reducing crop yields worldwide. The cost of flying in food from far away and shipping it across the country in refrigerated trucks is rapidly becoming unviable. Cars and cows increasingly devour grain harvests, sending prices skyrocketing. More Americans than ever before require food stamps and food pantries just to get by, and a worldwide food crisis is unfolding, overseas and in our kitchens. We can keep hunger from stalking our families, but doing so will require a fundamental shift in our approach to field and table. A Nation of Farmers examines the limits and dangers of the globalized food system and how returning to basics is our best hope. The book includes in-depth guidelines for: Creating resilient local food systems Growing, cooking and eating sustainably and naturally Becoming part of the solution to the food crisis. The book argues that we need to make self-provisioning, once the most ordinary of human activities, central to our lives. The results will be better food, better health, better security and freedom from corporations that don't have our interests at heart. Critical reading for anyone who eats and cares about high-quality food. About the Contributor(s) Sharon Astyk is a former academic who farms in upstate New York with her husband and four children, raises livestock, grows vegetables and writes about food and peak oil. (Check out her blog - http://sharonastyk.co...)

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  • Jane H.

    We were inspired both by Sharon's talk and by being among folks who care about making a difference. So glad to be there--our first permaculture event. Cliff and Jane

    May 5, 2009

  • Sarah M.

    The venue was great, very much in line with the message of the talk.

    May 5, 2009

  • Glenn

    Preaching to the choir, but nice to meet her.

    May 4, 2009

  • Sue M.

    I enjoyed her talk and her slides. It was mostly stuff I had heard before, but with new twists on ways to actually get people doing! I have been believing the bit about people needing to grow their own food when at all possible. The new idea to me that was not really so new, was that we really need people to teach people how to cook. It was becoming a lost art even 40 years ago when I was a child. Think how much more has been lost since then. So, 100 million farmers, and 200 million cooks. They go together.

    May 4, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sharon was a very dynamic speaker who was able to take a great deal of information and make it cohesive and very interesting. Food security is one of the most critical issues right now, so, I was very grateful that it was the subject for this Meetup.

    I wondered if there was ever any way during the social hour to get to know other people. I did not know anyone else in the room and would have welcomed some opportunity to socialize in a way that did not seem too forced.

    May 3, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    we learned a lot. Thanks for organizing this.

    May 3, 2009

  • winter

    Good job. Of course I enjoyed Sharon since I follow her blog and digest. It was also nice to catch up with some members of the permaculture group that I hadn't seen in a while...

    May 3, 2009

  • pat c.

    Sharon's presentation was very well done!

    May 3, 2009

  • Lisa F.

    I really appreciated Sharon's presentation style and content. I feel like I have a more concrete grasp of the challenges that we could be facing while at the same time a renewed commitment to the work that is happening here.

    May 3, 2009

  • Allice T H.

    I was confused about the potluck aspect, so I came a little later and didn't eat.
    That worked for me, but it never felt like I really knew what I was supposed to be doing.
    The talk was compelling and I wish that we had another half hour to listen to her answer more questions.

    May 2, 2009

  • Lisa F.

    Important Note on Parking: In addition to the small lot, you can park along the road parallel to the front door of the grange hall, but *do not park* along Route 77. Thanks.

    April 27, 2009

  • Lisa F.

    Hi All - On the one hand I'm glad so many want to attend this event! On the other hand I'm sorry we've hit the maximum capacity so quickly! Because we are a no/low budget organization and this space is being donated for the night (and because it's the grange!) it was a good choice for us.

    If anyone knows of a FREE hall that could handle more, please email me and we can see what's possible. The grange folks were really excited to have us, though:)

    April 16, 2009

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