Foodtopia: Communities in Pursuit of Peace, Love, & Homegrown Food

Join Longfellow Books on Thursday evening, September 8th for an evening with author Margot Anne Kelley to celebrate her new book Foodtopia: Communities in Pursuit of Peace, Love, & Homegrown Food.

Kelley's deeply researched book is the story of five back-to-the-land movements, from 1840 to present day, when large numbers of utopian-minded people in the United States took action to establish small-scale farming as an alternative to mainstream agriculture.

In this illuminating alternative American history, Kelley details the evolution of food-centric utopian movements that were fueled by deep yearnings for unpolluted water and air, racial and gender equality, for peace, for a less consumerist lifestyle, for a sense of authenticity, for simplicity, for a healthy diet, and for a sustaining connection to the natural world.

Millennials who jettisoned cities for rural life form the core of America’s current back-to-the-land movement. These young farmers helped meet surges in supplies for food when COVID-19 ravaged lives and economies, and laid bare limitations in America’s industrial food supply chain. Their forebears were the utopians of the 1840s, including Thoreau and his fellow Transcendental friends who created Brook Farm and Fruitlands; the single taxers and “little landers” who created self-sufficient communities at the turn of the last century; Scott and Helen Nearing and others who decamped to the countryside during the Great Depression; and, of course, the hippie back-to-the-landers of the 1970s.

Event date: 
Thursday, September 8, 2022 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
Longfellow Books
Monument Square
Portland, ME 04101
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By Kelley
ISBN: 9781567927306
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Published: David R. Godine Publisher - March 15th, 2022