Environmental Book Club set for winter

Dec 26, 2017

Appleton — Appleton Library and the Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District are teaming up to present a new book club focused on books that cover environmental issues. The group will Wednesdays, Jan. 10 and 17; and March 7 and 21, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Deer Foot Farm Café, 1221 Union Road/Route 131.

Two books have been selected that offer different perspectives on invasive and native plants and how the choices we make in our daily lives affect ecological systems. In January, the group will discuss “Beyond the War on Invasive Species: A permaculture approach to ecosystem restoration” by Tao Orion, who holds a degree in agroecology and sustainable agriculture from the University of California Santa Cruz. Orion teaches permaculture design at Oregon State University and Aprovecho, a 40-acre nonprofit sustainable-living educational organization.

The March book is “Bringing Nature Home: How you can sustain wildlife with native plants” by Doug Tallamy, professor and chair of the department of entomology and wildlife ecology at the University of Delaware, where he conducts research on how the interactions between insects and plants determine the diversity of animal communities.

Participants are asked to read at least the first half of a book before the first gathering. For those who do not wish to purchase books, limited copies are available to borrow from Appleton Library (785-5656) or Knox-Lincoln SWCD in Rockport. There is no fee for the program. For planning purposes, participants are asked to pre-register by calling Knox-Lincoln SWCD at 596-2040 or emailing rebecca@knox-lincoln.org.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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