Coming Home to Eat: The Pleasures and Politics of Local Foods (W.W. Norton & Co. 2002). A first-generation Lebanese-American ethnobotanist writes about his year attempting to eat foods from within 200 miles of his home, preserving seed diversity, and the intimate relationship of food and culture. 330 pp. $15.95 (paperback).
Harvest, by George Ancona (Marshall Cavendish Corp., 2001). The lives of migrant farmworkers documented through colored photographs and detailed text. 48 pp. $15.95 (hardback).
Harvesting Hope, The Story of César Chávez, by Kathleen Krull (Harcourt, Inc., 2003). A beautiful picture book about César Chávez, the farmworkers movement, and the conditions under which farmworkers work. Unpaged. $17.00 (hardback)
Harvest for Hope: A Guide to Mindful Eating, by Jane Goodall (Warner Books, 2005). Goodall makes her case for mindful eating, living, and changing the world, “one bite at a time.” 320 pp. $24.95 (hardback).
**The Oil We Eat: Following the Food Chain Back to Iraq, by Richard Manning. Harper’s Magazine Feb. 2004. Online at www.harpers.org/The OilWeEat.html. Manning addresses in depth the enormous amount of fossil fuels and energy lost in the production of grains — primarily wheat and corn — and the devastating environmental impacts of farming — soil and water pollution, acidification, flooding. Also by Richard Manning, Against the Grain: How Agriculture Has Hijacked Civilization (North Point Press, 2004).
Organic Gardens, by Lori Kinstad Pupeza (ABDO Publishing Company, 2002). A children’s step-by-step guide to the how and why of organic gardening, with graphics, charts, colored photographs, and a glossary. 32 pp. $22.78 (hardback).
**Small Wonder, by Barbara Kingsolver (Thorndike Press, 2002). In an essay titled “Lily’s Chickens,” Kingsolver tells the story of her family’s efforts to eat more intentionally and closer to home and investigates the environmental and social costs of food production and distribution. 267 pp. $13.95 (paperback).
Seedfolks, by Paul Fleischman (Harper Collins, 1997). A series of wonderful first-person vignettes set in an inner-city neighborhood in Cleveland. One story builds on another, as a diverse group of individuals come together to transform an abandoned lot into a community garden. 69 pp. $4.99 (paperback).
Voices from the Fields — Children of Migrant Farmworkers Tell Their Stories, by S. Beth Atkin (Joy Street Books, 1993). A compilation of interviews and photographs of children sharing their work experiences, their hopes, and their dreams. 96 pp. $14.99 (paperback).
**Essays referenced in article.
www.farmtoschool.org A description of Lincoln’s school lunch program can be accessed through www.farmtoschool.org by clicking on the map, then Washington state, then “read about Olympia’s Organic Choices Program.”