Our mission is to utilize book clubs and community organizing to promote food system education and awareness which acts as the counterbalance to the misperceptions found in our food system.
To carry out this mission, we will work right alongside chapter organizers as they establish their own Food Readers book club communities.
How it Started
The Food Readers Organization started as an idea in 2016 during the grassroots development of the Albany Food Readers Book Club in Albany, New York. Impressed with the book club's success in Albany, the idea to help others to create similar experiences, through the development of a community driven central hub, began in April 2018.
What We Do
In a nutshell, we help organizers build out Food Reader book club chapters across the state of New York, the nation, and beyond!
We believe that food system book clubs and community building are the ingredients needed to produce awareness and knowledge which act as the counterbalance to the misperceptions found in our food system.
To promote this philosophy, The Food Readers Organization follows 3 main guiding principles:
Encourage interaction and community growth!
Attempt to cultivate meaningful discussions centering around our food system while incorporating and honoring people’s unique cultures, world-views, and opinions.
Knowledge is power!
So, we read and gather together to gain more information as we navigate our complex relationship to food and aspire to make changes for the good of ourselves, others, and the planet.
Growth is good!
Our interest lies in making connections. Our goal is to have meaningful conversations in a way that is supported by the larger organizations that we are a part of.
What Do We Read About?
Our food system is extraordinarily large. This is great news for us since that translates into many different areas for us to explore:
Topics include, but are not limited to:
Farming, agriculture, nature, ecology, food history, food biography, food memoirs, food systems, food science, foodie culture, food justice, food security, food policy and issues, food-related movements etc.
Below is a link to a selection of books we have read in the past!