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Food from the Radical Center by Gary Paul Nabhan | An Island Press book

Gary Paul Nabhan at Prairie Lights

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 7:00pm CST

Prairie Lights
15 South Dubuque St.
Iowa City, IA 52240
United States

MacArthur award-winning “father of the local food movement” Gary Paul Nabhan will read from and talk about Food from the Radical Center: Healing Our Land and Communities. In this book, Nabhan shares inspiring stories about food and land restoration projects that bring communities together across the political divide. Nabhan is personally engaged as an orchard-keeper, wild foods forager, and pollinator habitat restorationist working from his small farm in Patagonia, Arizona near the Mexican border. He has helped forge "the radical center" for collaborative conservation among farmers, ranchers, indigenous peoples and environmentalists in the West. Nabhan is the author of books including Coming Home to EatCumin Camels & CaravansDesert Smells Like Rain, and the recent Mesquite: An Arboreal Love Affair.

He is a research scientist and the W.K. Kellogg Endowed Chair in Sustainable Food Systems at the University of Arizona Southwest Center, where he works to build a more just, nutritious, sustainable, and climate-resilient foodshed spanning the U.S./Mexico border.

Book Launch | “Grain by Grain”

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 5:00pm PST

Logan Multimedia Center
North Gate Hall
Berkeley, CA 94709
United States

Join Berkeley alum and Lentil Underground author Liz Carlisle and organic farmer Bob Quinn for a launch of their new book, Grain by Grain. When Bob Quinn was a kid, a stranger at a county fair gave him a few kernels of an unusual grain. Little did he know, that grain would change his life. Years later, after finishing a PhD in plant biochemistry and returning to his family’s farm in Montana, Bob started experimenting with organic wheat. He learned that the grain he first tasted at the fair was actually a type of ancient wheat, kamut, and he went on to found a multimillion dollar heirloom grain company, Kamut International. Hear Bob Quinn’s compelling story, and how his regenerative agriculture practices can serve as a model for growing a healthy future, grain by grain.

Followed by a reception featuring ancient grain and upcycled grain snacks.

Sponsored by the Center for Diversified Farming Systems. Cosponsored by the Berkeley Food InstituteGraduate School of Journalism, and ReGrained..

RSVP: https://bit.ly/2RPvFqT

Grain by Grain Book Talk at Big Sandy Local Library

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 2:30pm MST

Big Sandy Library
60 Johannes Avenue
Big Sandy, MT 59520
United States

Come celebrate the release of Big Sandy resident and organic farmer Bob Quinn's first book, Grain by Grain. Bob’s compelling story, and his regenerative agriculture practices, can serve as a model for growing a healthy future, grain by grain.

Book Launch Party for Grain by Grain, with authors Bob Quinn and Liz Carlisle

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 6:00pm PDT

O'Donohue Family Stanford educational Farm
175 Electioneer Road
Stanford, CA 94305
United States

Please join us for a book launch party in celebration of Bob Quinn and Liz Carlisle’s new book "Grain by Grain: A Quest to Revive Ancient Wheat, Rural Jobs, and Healthy Food."  Bob and Liz will speak and sign books, and we’ll have ancient grain goodies on hand for tasting.

 

Grain by Grain Book Talk at Commonwealth Club

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 12:00pm PDT

The Commonwealth Club
110 The Embarcadero
Toni Rembe Rock Auditorium
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States

Grain by Grain tells the story of Bob Quinn, an organic farmer from Big Sandy, Montana. Quinn was raised with traditional farming methods but learned that organic farming could create better, healthier food and bring economic opportunity to his small town. He is the founder of the international company Kamut International and the leader in reviving that ancient grain. Ultimately, Quinn’s story shows the way to a better future for American agriculture, proving that rural America can lead sustainability. 

Grain by Grain Book Talk at Powell's

Monday, March 18, 2019 - 7:30pm PDT

Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR 97209
United States

"A compelling agricultural story skillfully told; environmentalists will eat it up." — Kirkus Reviews 

When Bob Quinn was a kid, a stranger at a county fair gave him a few kernels of an unusual grain. Little did he know, that grain would change his life. Years later, after finishing a PhD in plant biochemistry and returning to his family’s farm in Montana, Bob started experimenting with organic wheat. In the beginning, his concern wasn’t health or the environment; he just wanted to make a decent living and some chance encounters led him to organics. 

But as demand for organics grew, so too did Bob’s experiments. He discovered that through time-tested practices like cover cropping and crop rotation, he could produce successful yields — without pesticides. Regenerative organic farming allowed him to grow fruits and vegetables in cold, dry Montana, providing a source of local produce to families in his hometown. He even started producing his own renewable energy. And he learned that the grain he first tasted at the fair was actually a type of ancient wheat, one that was proven to lower inflammation rather than worsening it, as modern wheat does. 

Ultimately, Bob’s forays with organics turned into a multimillion dollar heirloom grain company, Kamut International. In Grain by Grain, Quinn and cowriter Liz Carlisle, author of Lentil Underground, show how his story can become the story of American agriculture. We don’t have to accept stagnating rural communities, degraded soil, or poor health. By following Bob’s example, we can grow a healthy future, grain by grain.

Grain by Grain Book Talk at Village Books

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 7:00pm PDT

Village Books
1200 11th St
Bellingham, WA 98225-7015
United States

When Bob Quinn was a kid, a stranger at a county fair gave him a few kernels of an unusual grain. Years later, it would become the centerpiece of his multi-million dollar heirloom grain company, Kamut International. How Bob went from being a true believer in better farming through chemistry to a leading proponent of organics is the unlikely story of Grain by Grain. Along the way, readers will learn how ancient wheat can lower inflammation, how regenerative agriculture can bring back rural jobs, and how combining time-tested farming practices with modern science can point the way for the future of food.

Bob Quinn is an organic farmer near Big Sandy, Montana, and a leading green businessman. He served on the first National Organic Standards Board, and has been recognized with the Montana Organic Association Lifetime of Service Award, The Organic Trade Association Organic Leadership Award, and Rodale Institute's Organic Pioneer Award. His enterprises include the ancient grain business Kamut International and Montana's first wind farm. 

Liz Carlisle is a Lecturer in the School of Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences at Stanford University. Her first book, Lentil Underground, won the Montana Book Award and the Green Prize for Sustainable Literature. 

Cheryl Heller at the 92nd Street Y

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 7:00pm EDT

92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10128
United States

Harnessing the Creative Potential of Design for Social Good
Cheryl Heller with Rosanne Haggerty

Designer and business strategist Cheryl Heller, author of The Intergalactic Design Guide, talks with designer Rosanne Haggerty about how social design can help address our most pressing challenges, from poverty to climate change.

Design has built global brands, disrupted industries, and transformed our lives with technology. It has also contributed to the complex challenges we face today. Social design is a new kind of leadership. Cheryl and Rosanne discuss some innovative approaches for increasing creativity, strengthening relationships, and developing our capacity to collaborate—with the potential to transform everything from corporations to cities and to design ourselves for change.

Bob Quinn and Liz Carlisle at Cassiopeia Books

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 3:00pm MDT

Cassiopeia Books
721 Central Ave.
Great Falls, MT 59401
United States

In Grain by Grain: A Quest to Revive Ancient Wheat, Rural Jobs, and Healthy Food you’ll hear the story of this straight-shooting “green economy cowboy” in his own words—following Bob from the farm fields of Montana to Italian university research labs where he discovered the health benefits of ancient wheat. With his co-author Liz Carlisle, author of the award-winning Lentil Underground, Bob shares the practical wisdom he has learned from a lifetime of farming, from the day he stopped trying to grow food “on the cheap,” to his work creating renewable energy in Montana on his farm.

Please join authors Bob Quinn and Liz Carlisle for a discussion about the book and to recieve a signed copy.