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Book Discussion


A Japanese Vision and Practice for Urban-Rural Connection

Book Discussion Group
with Richard McCarthy

co-hosted with the Franklin Land Trust

Saturday, April 29, 2023
2:00 - 4:30 PM ET
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By donation, with gratitude

The challenges of the 21st century—climate crisis, economic inequality, and political instability—call on us to imagine new ways of living together. Richard McCarthy, an activist instrumental in the growth of farmers' markets, has thought long and hard about these ideas. Discovering the work of Tsuyoshi Sekihara, founder of the Kuni movement, he found an exciting model that integrates urban and rural communities. Kuni is the Japanese word for nation, but its meaning is being reimagined by citizens committed to egalitarian principles, environmental stewardship, circular economies, and a holistic view of social organization. Learn what can happen when creative, forward-thinking, and sustainability-minded people come together to make change. 

Space is limited. Please register below or call (413) 339-4332.

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Richard McCarthy is an author, speaker, and community development specialist who plays both hyper-local and global roles in growing community through food. In 1995, Richard founded Market Umbrella and its flagship Crescent City Farmers Market in New Orleans and ten years later, played a pivotal role in reviving the markets after Hurricane Katrina. He has served as Executive Director for Slow Food USA and President of the US Farmers Market Coalition. Richard now serves as the Provisional President for the newly-formed, Rome-based World Farmers Markets Coalition.

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