Regional Book Club Carries Forward Work of Local Activist
The Bob Russell Resilience Reading Project kicks off with ‘Cooked’
Reading Project Partners
· Michigan Land Use Institute
· Neahtawanta Center
· Investigating Community Resilience
· Higher Grounds
· Citizens Climate Lobby
· Cherry Republic
· Food for Thought
· Oryana Natural Foods Market
· Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce
· Sustainable TC
- Mark Coe: Having had the oppertunity to present at a local school with Meghan and Leanna, supporting the work Food Corps does is a wonderful thing. They provide a learning oppertunity to our children in agricu...
- Linda Hutchinson: Great! Having been raised on a farm, near Arcadia, I wish my dad who was a Farmer's Market regular in the 60's, 70's and 80's, was here to be involved in the "farm to table" and "local food" initiati...
- Dale Scheiern: It is easy to store and enjoy all winter long too!! Take 1 qt. freezer bags, fill to the point they will lay fairly flat ( not rounded) so they stack easily in the freezer. Local fruit all winter lo...
- Sharron May, The May Farm: You are correct if you are referring to industrial monocultures of animal or plant agriculture which are extractive, organic or not. Fortunately there are small farms pioneering more regenerative prac...
- LillyM: I've been fortunate enough to meet and work with Lianna and hope to meet Meghan. Every FoodCorps volunteer I have met over the years has been incredible. A phenomenal organization with dedicated and...
The death of local activist and environmentalist Bob Russell left a huge void in northern Michigan. His longtime dedication to justice, connection to the earth, and his belief in the importance of knowledge anchored a life of service and achievement. Bob had many talents indeed, but it was his passion for learning—his discipline to study and his unyielding drive to gather information—that, as much as anything, defined his effectiveness as a leader, and will be missed in northern Michigan.
It’s in that spirit of knowledge and learning that the Michigan Land Use Institute, along with several other regional groups and businesses, are launching the Bob Russell Resilience Reading Project.
Before Bob’s passing, he shared with his friends and colleagues a carefully curated list of books he felt can help us understand what we can do to make sure our community is economically, environmentally, and socially as healthy and resilient as possible.
The idea behind the new reading project is a simple one: In each season of the year, a broad community will come together to read one of the books recommended by Bob, discuss its themes and lessons, celebrate the region’s strengths, and acknowledge the work that remains.
The project kicks off this winter with “Cooked,” by Michael Pollan, who argues that our own health and the health of our food system depend on one rule: Cook your own food. The book taps into northern Michigan’s incredible agricultural heritage, our love of great dishes, and our booming local food economy.
You can pick up a copy of “Cooked”—and all the other books on Bob’s list—at Horizon Books and local libraries. Then follow along with fellow readers at www.resilience-reads.org, or on Facebook, and join us on Feb. 24 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. for the inaugural book discussion at Horizon.
Bob Russell Resilience Reading List
“Cooked,” by Michael Pollan
“Owning Our Future,” by Marjorie Kelly
“Local Dollars, Local Sense,” by Michael Shuman
“The Resilience Imperative,” by Michael Lewis and Pat Conaty
“For the Common Good,” by Herman E. Daly
“The Energy Reader,” edited by Tom Butler, George Wuernther, Daniel Lerch
“Thinking, Fast and Slow,” by Daniel Kahneman
“The Surprising Design of Market Economies,” by Alex Marshall
“What’s the Economy For, Anyway?” by John DeGraaf
“The Future,” by Al Gore
“Full Planet, Empty Plates,” by Lester Brown
“Rebuilding the Foodshed,” by Philip Ackerman-Leist
“The World in 2050,” by Laurence C. Smith
“The Wealth of Nature,” by John Michael Greer