I recently got to meet Jody Dorow, one of the authors and publisher of a fabulous book on the simple joys of eating and food: Tender. Jody attended NWEI’s North American Gathering and gifted myself and the NWEI staff with copies of this inspiring book in honor of our shared commitment to sustainable food. As book author Tamara Murphy says, “sometimes we forget how good simple things can be,” and this book takes us right back to the simple pleasures of the kitchen- as well as reminds us about the joys of connection to the land through farming or gardening.

The book has an associated blog, Farmers, Cooks, Eaters, which is full of inspiration and information pertaining to sustainable and delicious food. They recently profiled NWEI’s newest course, Hungry for Change, in the post excerpted below. For the entire post, visit their blog.

Farming, Butchers, Spices, Money and Gardening: What do they all have in common? You’ll know just a bit more about all 5 at the end of this post. We’ve got another collection of posts, articles, and stories that caught our eye over the last couple of weeks. Some helpful tips, some good news, some bad news… we’ve got it all…

Incredible Shrinking Farmland – “We’ve become a little casual about our attitude about farmland,” said Dennis Canty, director of the Pacific Northwest regional office of the American Farmland Trust (AFT). Farmland Trusts provide a sustainable approach to to preserving our land, our food and the health of our community, with PCC Farmland Trust serving as a great example of innovation and partnership.

Pizza is a Vegetable – At least congress thinks so. This is an excellent summary of the sad state of affairs that is the school lunch program in our country.

The Lost Art of Buying From a Butcher – I’m a big fan of A&J Meats at the top of Queen Anne here in Seattle and someone sent me this article about the rise of the butcher and why they are such a great resource. My big draw is the (much) better taste combined with the knowledge that I’m supporting a good farm. What I often forget until I get there is the skill and service that comes along with it. They tell you how much, what kind, and will cut it exactly to your liking. I’m a proud convert!

Hungry for Change: Food, Ethics and Sustainability – a six session course book exploring the interconnected nature of food systems and our relationships to them. Northwest Earth Institute has created course books with readings, short assignments and discussion questions on different subjects as a great way to help participants become more aware and commit to lasting change. This is the most recent course. A great tool for a neighborhood or work group conversation.

Gardening Is Good for You – I’m sure you knew that but this creative infographic breaks down exactly what you gain from growing at home. Burn calories, improve your home’s value and save money. Also, eat some of the best produce you’ve ever had! …

To read the full post and learn more about the book Tender, click here.

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