Menu for the Future— A Community Conversation About Food

The winter months are a time to rest, reflect and enjoy our root vegetables. It’s also a great time to get together to talk about food, gardens, and eating healthy, local food.

Catamount Earth Institute, the Co-op Food Stores, Sierra Club, Sustainable Hanover, the Upper Valley Land Trust, the Upper Valley Localvores, the Valley Food Council and Vital Communities invite you to join with 8-12 friends and neighbors for a Menu for the Future discussion group this winter.

This is a six-session discussion program about sustainable food systems. Topics include: industrial agriculture, organics, processed food, Fair Trade, food and health, and eating sustainably and locally. Most groups meet weekly for 1 ½ hours. Some groups have simple soup & bread meals along with the discussions. Readings have been compiled by the Northwest Earth Institute of Portland, Oregon. They represent some of today’s most revered food and agriculture writers such as Michael Pollan, Eliot Coleman and Wendell Berry.

Participants read 10-12 pages each week. Menu for the Future provides suggested discussion questions. A Community Conversations volunteer is available to lead the first session. Group members will take turns facilitating the remaining sessions. Menu for the Future readers are available for group members for $11 from the Norwich Bookstore or Hanover Food Co-op’s Service Desk. Lebanon, Quechee, Norwich, and Bethel library groups may borrow books at these libraries thanks to grants from the Stettenheim Foundation and Anne Slade Frey Charitable Trust. The books for sale are underwritten by the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation, King Arthur Flour, Mascoma Savings Bank Foundation, River Road Vet Clinic, and the Sierra Club.

Join us! See for a list and calendar of starting dates and places. The group hosted by UVLT will meet at our office, 19 Buck Road, on Tuesdays beginning on Feb. 22 at 12pm. Register by contacting Nora at or visiting the Catamount Earth Institute website.