Join the Land & Table book club on November 2 (6:30-8:00pm) for a discussion on the book ‘Blessing the Hands That Feed Us: Lessons from a 10-mile diet’* by acclaimed author Vicki Robin (Your Money or Your Life). This memoir recounts the author’s adventures in hyper-local eating on Whidbey Island in Puget Sound, Washington, and what she learned about food, farming, community, and hope for the future.

Like Barbara Kingsolver’s ‘Animal, Vegetable, Miracle’ and the bestselling books of Michael Pollan, ‘Blessing the Hands That Feed Us’ is part personal narrative and part manifesto for a more resilient and sustainable future. By challenging herself to eat and buy local, Robin exposes the cause and effect of a global food system that is undermining the health of our bodies and the planet – all the while exploring what a local, more relational future could look like.

Don’t miss this important conversation on our personal food choices, modern global industrial agriculture, and the potential for reviving regional food systems.



(1.) Read the book for free: check it out from the Bedford Public Library system (physical copy, ebook, or audio book)

(2.) Attend the discussion: even if you do not read the book you can come and share your thoughts during the discussion. We will also present a related video featuring the author for those who do not read the book.


*Please note: the hardcover version of the book was released as ‘Blessing the Hands That Feed Us: What Eating Closer to Home Can Teach Us About Food, Community, and Our Place on Earth’. But it is the same book as the softcover.


The Land & Table book club is a way to engage with the core ideas and topics that are motivating a new generation to create a more resilient food system and vibrant local community life. We’ll be reading books about: eating local, self-reliant living, agrarian culture, growing food, culinary history, community resilience, going back-to-the-land, and more. This is not a book club that will be technical in nature. And if you don’t have a green thumb, you’ll still feel at home. You don’t have to grow your own food or be a homesteader or farmer to enjoy these books. But…you do have to be curious about reviving your connection with the land, with other people, and with the food you eat. And the reality is: tending to those connections is important for all of us.

We meet on the first Thursday of each month and welcome anyone to our meetings – even if you have not read the book we will be discussing

WHEN: Thursday, November 2 (6:30 – 8:00pm)
COST: Free! But we ask that you RSVP.
WHO: Anyone! All are welcome – even if you did not read the book.
WHAT TO BRING: Just yourself…and if you want: a friend!
WHERE: Bedford Central Library, 321 N Bridge Street Bedford, VA 24523

We will be meeting in the Bedford Room, a large community room with access via the side of the building by the parking lot, or via the main library entrance – walk towards the main desk and look for the door on your left (near the books for sale).

If you or your family members are under the weather, or not feeling well, we ask that you stay home and rest 🙂

Bedford Central Library: 321 N Bridge St Bedford, VA 24523

Land And Table

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