Building a Healthy Economy from the Bottom Up:

Harnessing Real World Experience for Transformative Change

By Anthony Flaccavento; University Press of Kentucky

Forward by Bill McKibben

 

In his new book, Building a Healthy Economy from the Bottom Up: Harnessing Real-World Experience for Transformative Change, Anthony Flaccavento highlights the work of people, organizations and communities that are moving toward economic sustainability and creating healthy, localized economic, agricultural and financial infrastructure.

 

As the major media continues to focus on “what’s wrong” nationally and internationally, Flaccavento writes about successes that are happening all over—from the upper Midwest to southern Appalachia and from the desert Southwest to the Eastern seaboard. He has worked with Farm to Table-New Mexico, La Montañita Co-op and others in the state. He cites La Montañita Co-op’s impressive strides as a food hub, and its micro-loan fund are noted as examples of “community capitalization” and community-supported resilience.

 

Flaccavento, an organic farmer from Virginia, is also the author of Healthy Food Systems: A Toolkit for Building Value Chains. He has published articles on sustainability and rural development in the Washington Post, the Huffington Post and Solutions Journal. He is president of SCALE, Inc. (Sequestering Carbon, Accelerating Local Economies), a private consulting business.

 

Building a Healthy Economy from the Bottom Up touches on agriculture, urban and rural connections, personal finances, economic policy and even the arts. While it offers a clear-eyed, positive portrayal of change throughout the country, it also is an articulate indictment of the larger political and economic structures that keep these forward leaps from turning into a nationwide movement. To counter those problems, however, Flaccavento offers a number of options for people interested in making change in their personal lives, communities, and at political and policy levels. For those wanting to go deeper and learn more, there is a “Further Reading” section at the end of each chapter.

 

Building a Healthy Economy from the Bottom Up is an invaluable guidebook. For further information, visit www.bottomupeconomy.org.

 

 

NEW MEXICO FOOD AND AGRICULTURE EVENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Anthony Flaccavento Book Launch

Delicious NM, Farm to Table, NM Food and Agriculture Policy Council and NM Grown Steering Committee are hosting a series of events in conjunction with farmer and business entrepreneur Anthony Flaccavento’s book launch. Building a Healthy Economy from the Bottom Up: Harnessing Real World Experience for Transformative Change features three-dozen local economy and healthy food system initiatives from around the nation. (See Book Profile, page 37)

 

Oct. 5, 12–2 pm

Santa Fe Food Policy Council

SF County Building, 102 Grant Ave., County Commissioners Chamber, 2nd floor

Food Production and Land Use Meeting. Overview of the county’s Agriculture and Ranch Implementation Plan and the City of Santa Fe’s Urban Agriculture Ordinance. Special presentation by Anthony Flaccavento followed by questions and discussion. Open to the public.

 

Oct. 6, 2:30–4:30 pm

Regional Food and Farm Systems

ABQ Chamber of Commerce Board Room, 115 Gold Ave. SW, Ste. 201

Brief presentation and roundtable discussion about the NM Food and Agriculture Policy Council’s priority initiative, the NM Grown Program, updates on upcoming events and presentations to the NM Legislature, presentation by Anthony Flaccavento followed by questions and discussion. Space limited. RSVP required: 505.660.8403.

 

Oct. 6, 3:30–5:30 pm; Oct. 7, 8:30 am–3:30 pm

The Social Determinants of Health Summit

UNM Student Union Ballroom, Albuquerque

http://hscnews.unm.edu/news?t=Social+determinants+of+health

 

OTHER EVENTS

NM Organic Industry Funding Discussions

Presented by the New Mexico Department of Agriculture (575.646.3702)

Oct. 6, 1–3 pm: NMDA Conference Room, 3190 So. Espina St., Las Cruces

(Oct. 6 webcast: http://nmsu.adobeconnect.com/organiccommmeeting/

Oct. 10, 3–5 pm: Roosevelt County Extension Office, 705 E. Lime St.

Oct. 11, 1–3 pm: Bernalillo County Extension Office, 1510 Menaul Blvd. NW

Oct. 11: 5–7 pm: Santa Fe County Extension Office, 3229 Rodeo Rd.

 

Nov. 2, 2:45–4:15 pm

NM Food and Agriculture Policy Council and NM Farmers’ Marketing Association

NM State Capitol, Santa Fe

Presentation to the NM Economic and Rural Development Legislative Interim Committee about NM Fresh Fruits and Vegetables for School Meals and NM Farmers’ Markets Double Up Food Bucks. Open to the public. Info: 505.660.8403, pam@farmtotablenm.org or www.nmlegis.gov

 

Feb. 20, 2017, 9 am

2017 NM Food and Farm Day at the NM Legislature

NM State Capitol Rotunda, Santa Fe

2nd annual Farm to School Awards. NM Farmers’ Markets and other groups to present. Info: 505.660.8403, pam@farmtotablenm.org