Monday, April 28, 2008

Plenty Going On

As Children & Nature Month draws to a close, I am headed up to the redwoods, or what's left of them, to let my boys soak in nature's peace, stillness and fortitude. We will have no Internet connection and, possibly, no television. I therefore plan to devour some good books, romp through the forest and watch the stars. I will be back online Sunday, May 4th.

In the meantime, there is plenty to do:

1) If you have not yet signed up for the Be a Bookworm Challenge, please leave me a comment and I will add you to the sidebar when I return.

2) If you have signed up for the challenge but have not yet told me which book you will be reading, please leave me a comment so that I can add your book to the ever-growing, truly fascinating list of books under Greening Our Beans.

3) If you have not yet picked a book, check the Greening Our Beans sidebar list or this post for ideas or enter to win a book. Crunchy Chicken is giving away green books all week long - a different book every day of the week.

4) BOOK GIVEWAY: Finally, I will be giving away PLENTY: One Man, One Woman and a Raucous Year of Eating Locally by Alisa Smith & J.B. Mackinnon, the creators of the 100 mile diet. This was my first true green read, the book with which I founded my Green Book Club and the inspiration for my first forays to the farmers' market. If ever there was a book that made eating an adventure, this is it. Leave a comment to be entered to win. I will pick a winner on Sunday, May 4th.

5) If you've already done all of these things, relax and Be a Bookworm.


Burbanmom said...

Hey GB, happy vacation! I've selected Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Kingsolver for my monthly read. I started it last night. Is that cheating? :-)

Enjoy the time away with family. We'll be here when you get back. But not in a "stalker-outside-your-house-going-through-your-compost-pile" creepy way.

Wendy said...

I forgot to say. My eco-book choice for May is The Long Emergency by James Kunstler, and then, I'd like to tackle his novel World Made By Hand.

Ever since I saw him in the movie The End of Suburbia, I've been trying to argue that he's wrong, that suburbia isn't the worst misallocation of resources the world has ever seen, and that even suburban land can be valuable in a post-oil world. I figured I owed it to him to, at least, get a better idea of his point of view.

Me said...

Hello. My name is Lela and I love reading your blog.

I will be reading Affluenza: the all consuming epidemic.
I've ordered it from the library and they tell me I can pick it up by Friday. Yay!

lauren said...

Please sign me up for Plenty.

Lauren H.

This is my first comment, but your blog is a must-read!

Debbie said...

Your adventure sounds relaxing and fun - enjoy. Please sign me up for the giveaway. I have decided I am going to read 'Animal,Vegetable, Miracle' for the challenge.

CindyW said...

I want to go, my husband wants to go, my children want to go, and my dog wants to go. Can we tag along? :)

Take lots of pictures and write about it.

eco 'burban mom said...

Have a wonderful, wonderful vacation. Read books, play with your kids and maybe even get some nature-induced sleep!! Sounds like heaven to me!

pink dogwood said...

please sign me up for plenty book drawing. I have been meaning to read this book for so long, but haven't been very lucky in trying to find it at the library. Hope to win :)

Nadine said...

Sign me up to win Plenty! I haven't picked a book for the Challenge yet, so that would be perfect. If I don't win, I may just finally finish Last Child in the Woods.

Verde said...

Have a wonderful trip. Getting away from being plugged in is a really good idea, at times.

OK, I'm up the for the book challenge -- I'll see what I can get my hands on at the library.

Em said...

What a lovely way to end this theme month! I hope someday to see the Redwoods with my own child(ren).

And being a huge bibliophile, thanks for the chance to win what looks like a great read!

organicneedle said...

I am so jealous. I can't wait to bring my boys to see the redwoods in Muir Woods. It will blow their little minds. (Just waiting for my husband to agree to the 6 hr flight with the toddlers.)

I will be reading Last Child in the Woods and Better Basics for the Home.
I am also reading 3 Cups of Tea...sooooo good. Not really an ecobook, but anything that makes you appreciate another part of the world seems to have an eco-connection.

Crunchy Chicken said...

Sign me up! I haven't read that one yet and the waiting list at the library is frightfully long.

Erikka said...

is this the couple from Canada?

i'm in.

Green Bean said...

Okay, I can't resist leaving one last comment - and adding all of your books - before heading into an unplugged world (you realize that means no Internet connection for 5 full days!) - before heading into the beautiful wilderness.

Burbs: feel free to dig through my compost pile any time! Oh, I already started one of my books, Simple Prosperity, so I guess I'm cheating too.

Wendy: I've really been wanted to delve into the Kunstler books so I can't wait to hear your thoughts on them and hope to tackle them later this summer.

Lela: Welcome! Thank you so much for the compliment. I hope you enjoy Affluenza - I did.

Lauren H: So glad you've commented. It is great to hear that you enjoy the blog.

Debbie: Hope it's relaxing - with two preschoolers. I always have grand visions on hours to myself with a good book but I think it will be nice.

Cindy: Come along. Bring the whole fam!

EBM: That's funny you say that. We have a sound machine for those really tough to sleep nights that plays frogs singing, rain, whatever. When visiting my parents in the country, they have a creek adjacent to their property and you can hear the frogs singing even with the windows closed. If we had done a better job embracing nature, maybe we wouldn't need to reinvent it with sound machines. Or maybe we can still get it back (e.g., the toad in my front yard).

Orgie: Aren't you a little reader!?! I totally believe that anything that connects us with the rest of the world also relates to our understanding of the environment. Common Wealth, which I really enjoyed, definitely had pure ecological components but also a lot of information about how the rest of the world lives.

Got everyone's names in for the drawing. Off on vacation. Any other visitors - please add your name to win PLENTY.

Have a good week.

Green Bean said...

Erikka: yes, the Vancouver couple. Gotcha.

Carla said...

Bean - have a great time!! I' just a LITTLE jealous... I'd like to be included in the the drawing for PLENTY - I just read a review of this book yesterday! I'm still working my way through The Omnivore's Dilemma - can't read to much at one time 'cause I get so riled up about the agribusiness monster and what's happened to farmer's in this country, the 'real' farmers...
Hug a redwood for me, pelase!
Carla in North Idaho

arduous said...

Green Bean, have a wonderful time on vacation. Sign me up for Plenty. I'm already 50 pages through Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, so I think I'll have time to tackle another! :)

susanb said...

Hi, this challenge drew me to your blog. Sign me up for the bookworm challenge. I plan to read Collapse, unless I can get a hold of J. Gus Speth's Bridge at the Edge of the World, in which case I'll read that. I've been hoping to get to the redwood forest since I was in second grade.

barefoot gardener said...

Oh, I would love to get a copy of Plenty. I have been looking for ever so long, but I only buy used and it seems that one is very popular. I can never find it! :(

Going Crunchy said...

Have fun, have fun!!!! I left my titles in the previous comment.

Peace and nature be with your family. Shannon

Julia Haskin said...

Heya - I'd love a copy of "Plenty," as my local library doesn't seem to have it.

(Also, not to nit-pick, but my name is Julia, not Julie. I know, it's only a small difference, but...)

The Purloined Letter said...

I'm so pleased to have found your blog! Please drop my name in the Plenty pile. Thanks!

Jennifer said...

I'll enter! I love books...

Maggie said...

Have fun on your holiday! You can add my name to the draw as well.

Gruppie Girl said...

What a grand picture.

I would love to see the redwoods...someday.

Judy N. said...

Add my name for the draw. I haven't decided which book to read, so I'm checking out what everyone else is selecting.

LizKnits said...

Oh Plenty is a book that I've been wanting to read. I'd love to be included in your drawing for that.

Woman with a Hatchet said...

I want to join the book club!

I've put a hold on several different books at the library because they're all out! Apparently a lot of other folks 'round here are reading the same things.

Here's what I'd like to read, but I'll let you know what I actually read once something/anything becomes available:

In Defense of Food
Animal, Vegetable, Mineral
Omnivore's Dilemma

Beany said...

Hope you are enjoying your time away from the innernets :)

ruralaspirations said...

I just finished reading the 100 Mile Diet. Another great book by these authors? Excellent!

btw, my book selection for the challenge is Slow Food Nation.

Sue in the Western Great Basin said...

Sign me up for the Plenty drawing too! I'm hoping my first choice book for the challenge shows up at the library on Friday (we only get deliveries once a week). If it doesn't, I'll pick something else. Hadn't heard of Slow Food Nation, that sounds good. Enjoy your vacation!

Jen said...

I would love to receive the book, if chosen! Thank you!

eco 'burban mom said...

I am pretty sure you already have my name in the drawing for Plenty, but I wanted to let you know that while you are busying communin' with nature, I am busy readin'! I am two chapters through Animal, Veggie, Miracle and really enjoy it! I love Barbara Kingsolver (Poisionwood Bible is my favorite!) so I new this would be a good pick! I figured that I could tack on another book 'cause I might just finish this before the challenge is over. I checked out The $64 Tomato (not "geen" persay, but sounds like great gardening folly and fun!) and I have Affluenza on hold and the library and I'm picking it up tomorrow! I am soooo loving this challenge! I forgot I liked to read books to myself and not just picture books to those under 4 ft. tall!!!! Thanks Beanie!

kale for sale said...

I'll contribute and send my copy of Plenty and you can choose two people in the give away. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

Donna said...

I've chosen Deep Economy by Bill McKibben and I may read another as well. Don't put me in the drawing since I've already read "Plenty."

One of our favorite places to go camping when I was a kid was Patrick's Point. Wouldn't it be funny if that's where you are?!! Have fun on your vacation!

MamaBird said...

plz sign me up for your reading challenge - I will read Affluenza and maybe Ask Mr Green when it comes out! Great challenge... Have a great vacay in the great outdoors.

kendra said...

I'd love to read Plenty! Enjoy your time in the woods!

Natalie said...

Hey Green Bean, I'm seriously missing you right now! I rarely comment, but frequently read your thoughtful posts. I hope you're having a lovely vacation...but hurry home and tell us all about it already!! :-)

I'd love to read Plenty. Please sign me up.

I'll be reading Great Garden Companions: A companion-planting system for a chemical-free veg garden by Sally Jean Cunningham. I think spring might finally be arriving in the Pacific NW and it's time to get the garden going! I was hoping to read something slightly more high-minded as well, but nothing is available at the library right now. Oh well. More time for the garden, I guess. It's been a long time since I've had a veggie garden. Wish me luck!

Lori said...

I'd love to enter the drawing for Plenty. Looking forward to starting this challenge!

Jenna said...

Just noticed you wanted to see what books we were reading for the month. I have two I'm alternating between starting last night - Animal, Vegetable Mineral & Simple Prosperity - are helping me while the time away.

With a recently blown back, I think I'm finally going to get quite a lot of reading done. Only bad side? My preferred method of reading usually involves me upside down on the chair/bed with feet up the wall. Hard to do at the moment. On the up side? Fewer dirty foot marks to scrub off my walls.

Sue in the Western Great Basin said...

Yay, my library book request arrived today! So, for the May challenge I'll be reading "Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things" by William McDonough and Michael Braungart. First I have to finish two other books that would also qualify: Michael Pollan's "Second Nature" and Samuel Thayer's "The Forager's Harvest", then I'll turn to "Cradle." Can't wait!

Christy said...

I haven't been able to find Plenty at our library so I'd love a copy. I haven't decided what I'm reading yet for the challenge, guess I better decide soon! I am reading Against The Grain, how agriculture hijacked civilization right now so that may be my book.

Green Bean said...

Carla: I know exactly what you mean about OD. It's a tough read in that way but well worth it.

Arduous: AVM is a good one, no?

Susan: Welcome! Sound like great book choices. :) The redwoods are a dream! I'll post pics and more later this week.

Barefoot: So hard to find many of these books used! I ended up buying this one used off of Abe's Books but really it is a challenge! Truly good books people often like to hang on to.

Thanks, Shannon!

Julia: Doh! All fixed. Sorry.

Purloined, Maggie, Lizknits, Jen and Jennifer: All in. I'll announce tomorrow.

Gruppie: Standing at the base of one of these trees is truly amazing. Transports you back in time, really.

Eco Burbs: Isn't it great to use our minds for once! AVM is my favorite - such a great read for a mom, I think. And who writes more beautifully. Savor it.

Judy: Sounds great. Lots and lots to choose from!

Hatchet: Yeah. Glad you are in. I too find that these kinds of books tend to be out of the library. I also see lots of great green reads on the "reserved" shelf at my 'brary. Then it hit me. People who read these kinds of books at the kind of people who use the library. Hope you end up with a great read.

Thank you, kindly, Beany.

RI: Same folks. 100 Foot Diet is what they called the book in Canada, I believe.

Katrina: What a totally awesome idea. I'll pick two winners and contact you with the info. Per usual, you are brilliant.

Donna: You'd think we'd go to the same vacation spots, wouldn't you, given all the other similarities. Nope - Sequoia National Forest and then Yosemite.

MamaBird, Lori and Kendra: Thanks girls. I'll draw names for two copies of Plenty (thanks to Kale for Sale) tomorrow.

Natalie: Thank you! It is so very nice to be missed. :) As to not reading something more high brow - I find it a constant struggle between feeding my brain and getting all this stuff done. I saw your comment and it reminded me that I had to run out and pluck some snails off of my oldest's Calypso Beans - which are being eaten alive.

Jenna: Hope the back feels better. You've at least got two great books to ease you through it.

Sue: You go, girl! Loads of reading. :)

Christy: Can't wait to read your thoughts on Against the Grain. We almost read that for one of my Green Book Club meetings and then chose a different book at the last minute.

I think I've added everyone and their books. If I've forgotten you or your book, I apologize profusely. Chalk it up to post-vacation daze. I may be here typing but I'm still laying on my back watching the current carry ducks and sticks downriver. Thanks!

Woman with a Hatchet said...

GB: I finally got my first holds in. Got and finished Freakonomics first - verrrry interesting! Then I was called back for Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.

Kingsolver is great! I'm also very sad that my asparagus is not mighty like the stuff she mentions. Maybe next year! Also, she makes me want rhubarb!

Green Bean said...

Ha, Hatchet, she made me want rhubarb too! And no one at my farmers' market sold it this year.

kale for sale said...

I've picked my book after seeing the author speak last night. It's Uncertain Peril - Genetic Engineering and the Future of Seeds by Claire Hope Cummings. And I'm loving it.

Green Bean said...

Thanks Katrina. You always go to the most interesting talks! I look forward to reading about the book on your blog.


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