It Was A Full ‘Table’ (Audio)

Last night I was fortunate to be among those who found a spot inside the Northfield Arts Guild room when author Gary Holthaus appeared to talk about his new book, From the Farm to the Table: What All Americans Need to Know about Agriculture. The place was so packed that in order to listen in some people had to stand outside the door. I can attest that it was worth the effort.

Holthaus spoke for about 90 minutes, including a question-and-answer session with eager readers. I won’t do his remarks justice — buy the book! — but talked about importance of sustainability, the uphill battle family farmers face, the stories he discovered on the research trail, information about federal farming policy, and the economic factors that influence how we eat and live. Holthaus was insightful, informative, and showed why the topics he writes about in “From the Farm to the Table” are relevant to all of us, whether or not we’ve ever stepped foot — or feather — on a farm.

The event was sponsored by River City Books, the NAG, and Just Food Co-op. I have to squawk a bit extra especially for the good folks at Just Food, who provided the best spread of food I have ever nibbled on at an author event. It was all locally grown goodness. Thanks, Just Food. When I eat indoors, Just Food is where I shop.

Holthaus also read a wonderful passage from his book that was instructive and lyrical. You can listen by clicking below.

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