Greenwich Free Library
Harvest Some Happy
In the nearly 25 years that I've lived in Greenwich, I have developed favorite picking spots, accumulated canning equipment and, yes, bought a chest freezer when the one that came with the fridge proved inadequate. I have had various sizes of vegetable gardens and have even tried raising chickens - it turns out that I hate chickens - but have come to the conclusion that I should leave the production to those who a) Know what they're doing and b) Don't lose interest half-way through July. For many, though, the experiences of this year may have you thinking about becoming more food self-sufficient for the long haul.
Fortunately, the library has lots to inspire and inform you as the seasons change and we approach the time of short days and big dreams for next year's harvest. There are any number of books about people who, on some whim, decide to ditch their lives and become farmers. Kristin Kimball's The Dirty Life (2010) is nicely written and local-ish. The BackYard Homestead
(2009) is one of many that skips the romance and gets right to the practical. And there are all kinds of specialty titles like Put 'Em Up (2010) that will help you stock your pantry with the fruits of your labors.
If you're looking spend the winter pondering the big picture, Sacred Cow:the case for (better) meat (2020) and Dirt to Soil: one family's journey into regenerative agriculture (2018) are just a few recent titles that delve into the why and not just the how of modern food production methods. Agriculture has thrived around here, in part, because there has been so much innovation. We, at the library, keep our eyes peeled for books to support that spirit.
A recently published map showing current thinking on how climate change will affect the United States in the coming decades, makes Washington County look like a good place to put down roots and start that farm you've always dreamed of. Come to the library to find the books to help you make those dreams come true.
Tuesday: 3pm - 7pm
Wednesday: 9am - 2pm
Thursday: 3pm - 7pm
Friday: 9am - 2pm
Saturday: 10am - 1pm