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Book Study
In partnership with Seacoast Permaculture

Online Every Other Thurs Jan 5 - March 2, 2023 


This winter join NOFA-NH and Seacoast Permaculture for a 5 part Zoom book discussion of "A Precautionary Tale: How One Small Town Banned Pesticides, Preserved Its Food Heritage and Inspired a Movement" by Philip Ackerman-Leist. We will meet every other Thursday: January 5, January 19, February 2, February 16, and March 2.

ABOUT THE BOOK: For hundreds of years, the people of Mals had cherished their traditional foodways and kept their local agriculture organic. But the valley below Mals was being steadily overtaken by big apple producers, heavily dependent on pesticides. The advancing threats gradually motivated a diverse cast of characters to take action and inspire a movement. A Precautionary Tale introduces this unlikely group of activists and a forward-thinking mayor who came together to ban pesticides in Mals by a referendum vote—making it the first place on Earth to accomplish such a feat, and a model for other towns and regions to follow.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Philip Ackerman-Leist and his wife farmed in the South Tyrol region of the Alps and North Carolina before beginning their 19 year homesteading and farming venture in Vermont. With more than two decades working on farms, in the classroom, and with regional food systems collaborators, Philip’s work is focused on examining and reshaping local and regional food systems from the ground up.

The series will be facilitated by Seacoast Permaculture & NOFA-NH members who are involved in organic growing, education and social justice movements. The facilitators will help guide the conversation, making sure everyone gets a chance to share. These are not formal classes but conversations shaped by the participants to help us get the most out of the material. The goal of our book study is to expand our knowledge and understanding of topics related to permaculture, organic farming and food systems and to have an ongoing series where members can connect to build our community.

COST/REGISTRATION: Register for the whole 5 week series for $10 (NOFA member) or $15 (non-member). Only six spots are available and on a first come first serve basis. Click the link below for the registration form. Participants must purchase their own copy of the book.

*Please refer to our refund policy

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