The Go Green Reads discussion group meets to discuss From the Ground Up.
For this special book group meeting, author Jeanne Nolan will join us to talk about her book From the Ground Up. This event is free and open to the public.
From the Ground Up chronicles Nolan’s journey as she returned home to Chicago's north shore, seventeen years after leaving to join a communal farm. She was a single mother with few marketable skills, and her mother suggested she plant a vegetable garden in their yard. It grew so well that she established a small business planting organic gardens in suburban yards. She created an organic farm for children at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo, and soon began installing gardens around the city – on a restaurant’s rooftop, in school yards, for non-profit organizations. Not only did she realize that practically anyone anywhere could grow vegetables on a small scale, but she learned a greater lesson as well: rather than turning her back on mainstream society, she could make a difference in the world.
This moving and inspiring account combines her fascinating personal journey with the knowledge she gained along the way, Nolan helps us understand the importance of planting and eating organic food – both for our health and for the environment – and provides practical tips to help us grow our food. With the message that we can create our own utopias in our very own backyards or rooftops, From the Ground Up can inspire each of us to reassess our relationship to the food we eat.
Jeanne Nolan has been growing food organically for over twenty-five years. She is a well-known educator and consultant, and the founder of The Organic Gardener Ltd. Jeanne regularly teaches about growing food on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight, and has been featured in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Food & Wine, Woman’s Day, and other national publications. Her book was published by Spiegel & Grau, a division of Random House, in 2013.
The Go Green Reads discussions are free and open to the public. This discussion group started in the spring of 2017. They focus on environmental and sustainable topics such as consumption, waste management, farming/gardening, native plants, water, capitalism, and climate change, just to name a few. The goal of Go Green Reads is to spread awareness and inspire collective and individual action. In addtion to discussing books, the group screens movies, engages speakers, and organizes local field trips.
An inspiring story for everyone who’s ever dreamed of growing the food they eat