North Brookfield Reads Together

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle ~ A Celebration of Local Food, Farms, & Gardens

Haston Free Public Library ~ Spring 2010

Copies of Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle are available at the Library and at selected locations in town.  Events will be at the Haston Free Public Library, unless otherwise noted.  All programs are free.  For more information, contact the Library at (508) 867-0208


Mon., March 1, 7:00 pm
Take Charge of Where Your Food is Grown: Keynote Address by Jack Kittredge & Julie Rawson, Many Hands Organic Farm &    Sustainability Center
Wed., March 10, 7:00 pm
Sat., March 13, 1:00-3:00 pm
Cheesemaking & Yogurt-making Demonstration: Workshop with cheesemaker Rebecca Buell. Sign up at the library to reserve a spot.
Wed., March 17, 7:00 pm
Real Food: Remineralizing the Earth, with organic farmer Dan Kittredge, founder & Director of the Real Food Campaign
Sat., March 20, 10:00 am–Noon
Breadmaking with Friends on the First Day of Spring At the N.B. Congregational Church.  Sign up at the library to reserve a spot.
Tues., March 23, 3:00 pm 
Warren Farm Maple Sugar Tour & Career Paths: Afterschool tour for the North Brookfield Youth Center.  Contact Marty Toomey for more information.
Thurs., March 25, 7:00 pm
Food, Inc.: How the Food Industry Affects Our Health & Environment. (
Movie & Discussion
Sat., March 27, 1:30 pm
Maple Sugar Tour & Tasting: The Warren Farm, N.B. Limited space available.  Call by March 20 to reserve tickets.  Meet at the library
Tues., March 30, 7:00–9:00 pm
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle:  Book discussion at the Haston Library.  Everyone is welcome to attend!
Wed., March 31, 1:30–2:30 pm
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle:  Book discussion at the Senior Center.  Everyone is welcome to attend!
Sat., April 3, 11:00 am–12:30 pm
Habitat Gardens: Attracting Bees, Butterflies, & Other Beings Workshop led by local horticulturalist Ellen Sousa.
Thurs, April 8, 7:00 pm
Eating Your Words: Poetry Reading of Favorite Poems on Food, Farms & Gardens.  Guest poets Jim Beschta and friends lead off a community reading of poems written and chosen by local residents. Deadline to submit a poem is April 1: For guidelines on how to participate, click here.
Mon., April 12, 3:30 pm
Afterschool Garden Crafts with Lynne Losurdo
Wed., April 14, 9:00 am
FOODPLAY! Turning Kids On to Healthy Habits: fun-filled Live theater Performance at the North Brookfield Elementary School.  Call NBES for more information.
Wed., April 14, 7:00 pm
King Corn: How Subsidized Corn Drives Our Fast-Food Nation. Movie & Discussion.
Tues., April 20, 12:45–4:30 pm
Tour of Overlook Farm: Heifer Learning Center in Rutland, MA Lambing Season, Goat Kids, Global Village, Sustainable Agriculture! Vacation week fieldtrip for all ages, pre-K to seniors.  Space is limited. Call the library by April 10 to reserve tickets and seats on the bus.
Thurs., April 22, 1:00–4:00 pm
Earth Day Crafts for Kids with Lynne Losurdo
Sat., April 24, 1:00–2:00 pm
Edible Container Gardens: Workshop with Landscape Designer Louise Garwood.  Design & plant beautiful herbs to take home.  Planting materials provided free of charge.  Sign up in advance at the library to reserve a spot.
Mon., April 26, 3:30 pm
Afterschool Food Crafts with Lynne Losurdo
Tues., April 27, 12:30–1:30 pm
Edible Container Gardens: Workshop with Landscape Designer Louise Garwood.  Design & plant beautiful herbs to take home.  Planting materials provided free of charge.  Sign up in advance at the Senior Center to reserve a spot.
Thurs., April 29, 7:00 pm
Locavore Way: Discover and Enjoy the Pleasures of Locally Grown Food.  Nationally-known author Amy Cotler, recently interviewed on NPR, talks about her new book.  Copies will be available for purchase and signing.
Sat., May 1, 10:00 am–2:00 pm
May Day Festival of Local Food, Farms & Gardens: Open House at the Library featuring Local Farmers, Nurseries, Wineries, Restaurants, Food Crafters & Grocers; Free Plant Swap; Compost Demo; Planting & Painting for Kids; Open Space Preservation; Food Tasting, and much more.  Bring the whole family and celebrate Spring!
Sat. May 1, 11:00, 1:00, & 3:00
Warren Farm & Sugarhouse: May Day Festival Walking Tours.  Guided one-hour tours of a the workings of a small New England farm not far from the library
The North Brookfield Youth Center will also hold a book discussion about Animal, Vegetable, Miracle as well as lead upcoming related programs for North Brookfield Elementary School students.
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These programs are brought to you with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.
Additional funding has been provided by The Friends of the Haston Free Public Library, Inc.