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Library program on sustainable agriculture, local eating kicks off Thursday

Just as many of us are watching newly sown seeds begin to pop up, the Central Rappahannock Regional Library kicks off its “Cultivating Community” program this week.

This is an eight-month series of free events at the library that will explore local food resources, offer gardening knowledge and dig into other topics related to more deliberate food buying and eating. Tying the whole thing together is a “Big Read” of Barbara Kingsolver’s “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle,” in which she documents her family’s year of eating only what came from their garden and the community around them.

On Thursday, head to the Salem Church branch of the library at 7 p.m. for an introduction to the book by CRRL staff. Stay for a panel discussion featuring the following local food figures:

  • Ellen Snead – co-owner of Snead’s Asparagus Farm
  • Lawrence Latane – owner of Blenheim Farm – member of Local Harvest Organic Gardens
  • Elizabeth Borst – Manager of Spotsylvania Farmer’s Market; active in the Fredericksburg Food Initiative, and creator of the Buy Fresh Buy Local guide for Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania and King George
  • Wendy Stone – Fredericksburg Parks and Recreation- will talk about Fredericksburg Farmer’s Market and the new Fredericksburg Community Garden Plots.
  • Kelly Liddington – Richmond County Extension Office

The library has a home page listing all of the Cultivating Community programs, which will run through October, here. You can also check out their Pinterest boards for gardening ideas, books to check out and other treats.

Happy reading, digging and cooking!

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