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Ashe County Involving Books

Read interesting and engaging books with the community that will spark involvement in local, positive, community efforts!

Involving Books features books relating to causes, issues, challenges, or situations that call for an active response from readers. Discussions about the books will take place at the library, at partner locations, and in public forums such as parks, breweries, restaurants, and farmers markets. Community service opportunities or individual activities related to the topics of the books will be organized or suggested. Visits from authors, musicians, artists, or other experts connected to each book’s topic will provide culturally enriching and informative entertainment.

This summer GET INVOLVED with Ashe Farmers Market,

SUPPORT our local farmers and EAT HEALTHY!

Public support is essential for the growth and success of Ashe County farmers and, by extension, Ashe County Farmers Market. It is important to raise awareness about spending money locally and to realize that every locally-grown bite you eat supports the community and strengthens local economy.




Forrest Pritchard's book, Gaining Ground: A Story of Farmers' Markets, Local Food, and Saving the Family Farm will spark interest in supporting local farmers and eating healthy. Pritchard’s memoir is easy to read and is a great story of his efforts to live a sustainable lifestyle and run a family business. He writes about the many bodies of knowledge encompassed by the simple designation of “farmers”, who must at once be mechanics, meteorologists, scientists, machine operators, financial planners, agronomists, computer operators, animal caretakers and still maintain the bonds of family. His story also makes a strong case for growing and buying locally, particularly with respect to farmers’ markets.

Visit Ashe County History Museum and hear about its Victory Garden with Ramona Renfroe                 and Seed Saving Stories with Jim Veteto at 2:00 p.m. on July 8. 


Our new seed library has attracted 40 unique visitors in its first month, and new seeds are being added all the time! Join us for Seed Saving Workshops taught by a representative from Ashe County Cooperative Extension. Visit the Seed Library website to learn more about seed libraries in Ashe and Watauga.


Join us at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 20 in the library.

For gardening books, click on covers to place a hold for easy pick up at the library


Join us at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 15 in the library.

For gardening books, click on covers to place a hold for easy pick up at the library


This month's workshop will focus on crops from which it is fairly easy to save seeds (a sort of Seed Saving 101, if you will).  Join us at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 18 in the library.

For gardening books, click on covers to place a hold for easy pick up at the library





Check out the Involving Books Radio Show listening archives!

(pictured L to R: Mark Perzel, Jan Caddell, Carolyn Miller)

NEW gardening and farming books!

Click on book covers to place a hold for easy pick up at the library.



Discussions, Activities, & Author Visits


Julia Shanks, author of The Farmer's Market Cookbook and The Farmer's Office, will present a "Going Local" workshop in the library at 3:00 p.m. on July 21, 2017.

Going Local without Going Crazy: 25 Tips to Increase Your Local Footprint
Want to bring healthy, local foods into your kitchen, and stay on-budget, too? Julia has a passion for and expertise in locavorism, and is eager to share easy ways we can all make change that connect us to the food and farmers in our own communities. The world is changing as more people are supporting local, small businesses and returning to homemade food to avoid the health, social and environmental consequences associated with processed foods from big agribusinesses. Join Julia for a discussion and Q&A, complete with recipes, ideas and a healthy dose of delicious fun.

Julia will also be at the Ashe Farmers Market in the morning on July 22, 2017 to demo more of her delicious recipes in a cooking tent.  Stop in for a tasty bite of "something good," and healthy.


Forrest Pritchard, our featured author, visits Ashe Farmers Market at noon, on July 22, 2017 to give a presentation and host a Q & A. Forrest is a 7th generation professional farmer and bestselling author. His farm, Smith Meadows, has been a leader in the farmers' market movement for more than 15 years. As a columnist for Huffington Post and a regular guest on NPR, Forrest has become a national spokesman for the sustainable food and farm revolution.  His second book, Growing Tomorrow, tells the stories of several sustainable farmers and includes recipes.



Visit Ashe County Farmers Market on June 24 and join others in discussion about Gaining Ground: A Story of Farmers' Markets, Local Food, and Saving the Family Farm in the library's Involving Books tent.

Tim & Carolyn Miller, owners of Highland Meadows Cattle Company, will also share their own experiences in managing a modern family farm.  Read here to find out about the health benefits of eating grass-fed beef.

Meet Ann Rose of West Jefferson's Rose Mountain Butcher Shoppe and find out how "the extraordinary power of local food can transform communities and improve the economy."


Ashe County Farmers Market

on May 20, 2017

and pick up a

copy of our featured book