February 23, 2024

USVLT Reads - February/March

If you're looking for something new to read check out these titles picked by USVLT staffers and board members. In partnership with White Birch Books, you can find these by looking on their website or visiting the store!

Farming While Black, Soul Fire Farm's Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land - by Leah Penniman

'Some of our most cherished sustainable farming practices have roots in African Wisdom. Yet, discrimination and violence against African American farmers has led to their decline from 14 percent of all growers in 1920 to less than 2 percent today, with the corresponding loss of over 14 million acres of land.'

Reading the Forested Landscape, A Natural History of New England - by Tom Wessels

'A full and wholly original portrait of New England's forests, tracing their evolution from precolonial days to the present through a study of the patterns we see today. Read this book, it's many fans have said, and no walk in the woods will ever be the same.'

The Lost Art of Reading Nature's Signs, Use Outdoor Clues to Find Your Way, Predict the Weather, Locate Water, Track Animals and Other Forgotten Skills - by Tristan Gooley

'When writer and navigator Tristan Gooley journeys outside he sees a natural world filled with clues. The roots of a tree indicate the sun's direction; the Big Dipper tells the time; a passing butterfly hints at the weather; a sand dune reveals prevailing wind; the scent of cinnamon suggests altitude; a budding flower points to the south.'

Slavery & the Underground Railroad in New Hampshire - by Michelle Arnosky Sherburne

'New Hampshire was once a hotbed of abolitionist activity. But the state had its struggles with slavery, with Portsmouth serving as a slave-trade hub for New England.'