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Vicki Robin 

When: Sun., Jan. 19, 3 p.m. 2014
In 2010, Vicki Robin was like any environmentally conscious Seattleite (or, for that matter, East Bay resident), at least when it came to her relationship with the eat-local movement: She was part of a CSA, made an effort to buy local produce, and had been an early farmers’-market adopter. But then she moved to a small island in Washington’s Puget Sound, met Tricia Beckner, a local farmer, and embarked on a fairly insane-sounding experiment: For thirty days, she’d eat no food that was grown more than ten miles from her home. That meant forgoing basics like salt and tea, severely limiting her meat intake, and completely reorienting her schedule, her habits, and her palate. Robin writes about the experience — and what it means, and how anyone can take its lessons to heart without rejiggering her entire life — in Blessing the Hands That Feed Us: What Eating Closer to Home Can Teach Us About Food, Community, and Our Place on Earth, from which she’ll read at Diesel (5433 College Ave. Oakland) this Sunday. It’s not too late to make a New Year’s resolution.
— Ellen Cushing


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