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BOOK PROFILE / Building a Healthy Economy from the Bottom Up
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
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, firstname.lastname@example.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, email@example.com
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