The book “Closing the Food Gap – Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty” is Skagit Libraries community reads book for the month of October. It involves everyone in reading, discussing, debating and analyzing the same book.
In this case, the book is about food, health and social policies that have shaped the way we eat, work and live. Skagit County’s economy is very dependent on agriculture. There are 1074 farms in Skagit County according to the 2012 Census of Agriculture though that number has decreased since 2007. But there is an active effort to encourage fresh, safe, sustainable and healthy food crops for all of our residents by various agencies, small farms, small distribution, processing and retail sales businesses.
Author, Mark Winne’s book describes his career as a community food activist dedicated to improving social policies that advocate healthy fresh meals especially for those whose incomes make it hard for them to afford. It includes a history of food programs for the poor as they evolved – both governmental and non-profit – with discussion of what works and what hasn’t. He will be visiting Skagit County – dates tba.
Pick up a free copy of the book at your local Skagit library and join in on the discussion at our several scheduled events!
Food Day, October 24th, 2014 is a nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food.