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Our 2022 Book Club - Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life

Updated: Dec 29, 2021

Want to learn more about food independence, supporting local farmers, the importance of a food culture, and more? Join us in reading the book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver with Steven L. Hopp, and Camille Kingsolver.


*Note: This post includes affiliate links that, when used, support our farm at no cost to you.




Animal, Vegetable, Miracle & me

When I picked up this book six years ago, I was expecting another good book from one of my favorite authors; but I wasn't expecting that my entire perspective on food would change. As I read through the true account of the Kingsolver/Hopp family moving to a farm, growing their own food, and supporting the local food economy, I was inspired to make changes of my own.


The book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of food Life is the memoir of author Barbara Kingsolver and her family who moved to a farm in Appalachia. They committed to a year of locally sourcing the vast majority of their food. They planted and harvested their own food, supported local farmers, and did without food they did not consider ethical. Along the way, they discovered a lot of important lessons and information that they lovingly share with their readers, inviting others to do what they can to take a stand for the power of food. (Learn more HERE).


I, for one, was inspired. This book inspired me to start my own seeds, garden more, support local farmers, bake bread, eat seasonally, spend more time in the kitchen, try my hand at canning, inviting my children to know where their food comes from, and support local farmers who are doing the hard work of serving a community. I believe that, ultimately, this book planted the seed of the dream of a farm within me, one I am still amazed actualized in 2020.


This book has impacted me so much, I wanted to share about it with you all and invite you to be impacted by it as well!


Our 2022 Book Club

Consequently, the idea for a book club was born! We are inviting anyone who wants to participate in reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life. You can read the text or source a copy of the audiobook which is read aloud by the authors themselves, which is a great option for auditory learners and busy people!


We are currently suggesting three ways to participate:


1. In-Person Discussion Group

We're inviting a small group of local participants to join us at our home on Friday, February 4th at 7:00pm to discuss the book. You can sign up here:


2. ZOOM Discussion Group

Anyone can participate in a virtual discussion about the text via ZOOM on Saturday, February 5th at 8:00pm EST. You can sign up here:



3. Self-Paced Reading

We invite everyone to read the book on their own schedule for their own edification.



Sourcing the Book

We are offering this book club and discussion opportunity for FREE, but we ask that if you choose to purchase the book or audiobook through Amazon, to use THIS LINK or any provided in this article which will support our farm in a small way at no cost to you. Of course, if you are able to borrow it through your local library or support a small, local book store, go for it! The most important part is that you get a copy of the text in your hands (or your ears!).


Suggested Reading Schedule

If it helps you to have a guide for pacing, see the suggested reading schedule below:


January 1-7 - Read chapters 1-4
January 8-14 - Read chapters 5-8
January 15-21 - Read chapters 9-12
January 22-28 - Read chapters 13-16
January 29- February 4 - Read chapters 17-20


Questions to Consider

As you read or listen along, here are three questions you can respond with:


1. Did anything in this chapter impact you? If so, what?
2. Do you have any questions about the content in this chapter? If so, what are they?
3. Did this chapter inspire you in any way? If so, how?


I'm Looking Forward to This!

I'm so excited to dive into this text again, and even more excited to share the knowledge and inspiration with you all.


Best,

Kristin









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