Food, Farms, and Stories on the Land

The Rocky Mountain Land Library & the National Western Center

presents a new
Book Club Series
dedicated to

FOOD AND LAND

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From seed and soil, to food traditions across the globe, food has always been a remarkable intersection between people and the land. That creative intersection has also inspired many great books!
The Rocky Mountain Land Library, and the National Western Center will be co-hosting four book discussions this spring and summer. Each book explores a different connection between food and land: indigenous perspectives, innovations in farming practices, preservation movements, and community stewardship.
For our first three meetings in Globeville, you’ll have plenty of time to browse the Land Library’s shelves, and explore our adjacent warehouse where we continue to unpack over 40,000 Land Library books. We’ll also hear more about the National Western Center plans that are emerging across the South Platte River!
There is a $10 registration fee for each Book Club meeting.
If the cost of participation is a barrier for you, please reach out to Grace Hanover at g.hanover@nationalwesterncenter.com for information on scholarships and grants for book purchases.
Your local bookstore should be able to order any of the books below, and don’t forget to check your local library! For Denver residents here’s a link to the Denver Public Library’s website.
Join us for one Book Club session, or sign up for all four!

Weaving Indigenous Wisdom with the World of Science

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Sunday, March 29th, 1-3pm at the Land Library’s Globeville branch:
Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teaching of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer, a book to help set the tone for all the books and discussions to come!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

 

Saving Seeds, Saving Stories

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Sunday, April 19th, 1-3pm at the Land Library’s Globeville branch:
The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food by Janisse Ray.

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A Regenerative Farming Road Trip, from New Mexico to South Dakota, and Beyond

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Sunday, May 17th, 1-3pm at the Land Library’s Globeville branch:
One Size Fits None: A Farm Girl’s Search for the Promise of Regenerative Agriculture by Stephanie Anderson.

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Life-Giving Water in the Arid West

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Sunday, July 12th, 11am – 1pm at South Park’s Buffalo Peaks Ranch:
Mayordomo: A Chronicle of an Acequia in Northern New Mexico by Stanley Crawford, with lunch provided!

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Buffalo Peaks Ranch lies on the banks of the South Platte River – a perfect setting to discuss many topics that Mayordomo raises, such as water, rivers, food and rural communities.
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South Park’s Buffalo Peaks Ranch, on the banks of the South Platte River. photo by Carl Young.

We’ll also have time to explore this historic ranch, including the Cooks House, where we will have the ranch’s first permanent library – one dedicated to Food and Land. A perfect finale for the Book Club Series!
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Buffalo Peaks Ranch’s Cooks House (with Mt. Silverheels on the horizon). This building will soon house the Land Library’s collection of books on Food & Land. photo by Samuel Bell.

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We’re thrilled to be partnering with the National Western Center for the Food & Land Book Club Series!
The National Western Center is a year-round, global destination for ag and food innovation, western heritage and culture that will open in Denver in 2024, across the South Platte River from the Rocky Mountain Land Library’s Globeville branch. Between now and when the campus opens, the National Western Center is working with partners like the RMLL to kick-start program offerings that relate to our mission and support our local communities. Grounded in food and land, this book club is a deeply personal way to connect us to each other and to the diverse places we call home. Learn more at www.nationalwesterncenter.com.

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