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FRESH Giveaway: 9 Sustainable Food Books for Your Library!

Hey folks, are you in need of some end-of-summer reading? Hankering for a light tome on how to save the planet? We’re doing some cleaning and we’ve got a lot of books from the FRESH library that we’d like to give away! The following is a great collection of books on real food and ecofriendly living, and we want each of them to go to curious homes. Some of the books may have markings or light writing on the pages, but they’re all in good, legible condition.

The books up for grabs include the following:

  • What Can I Do? An Alphabet for Living by Lisa Harrow
  • Clean Plates NYC: A Guide to the Healthiest Tastiest Restaurants in Manhattan by Jared Koch
  • No Impact Man: The Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who Attempts to Save the Planet by Colin Beavan
  • The End of Nature by Bill McKibben
  • The Overspent American: Why We Want What We Don’t Need by Juliet B. Schor
  • Getting a Grip: Clarity, Creativity and Courage in a World Gone Mad by Frances Moore Lappe
  • Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual by Michael Pollan
  • Edible Estates: Attack on the Front Lawn by Fritz Haeg
  • Forty-Six Years of Pretty Straight Going by George Bellerose

To win a book: enter by commenting on this blog post below with the book(s) that you’d like to win and why you’re interested in it.

For additional chances to win:

  1. Follow us on Twitter and tell your friends about this giveaway: tweet Want to learn about Food Rules and Clean Plates? Enter the @FRESHthemovie sustainable book giveaway! http://bit.ly/ohEwwO
  2. Fan us on Facebook and comment on this post with the book(s) that you’d like to win and why.

The contest closes at 5 pm Eastern on Wednesday, August 17, 2011. We will randomly select a winner from the pool of people interested in each book, and contact them to get their mailing address.

Good luck and happy reading!

Update: Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway and shared it with friends! The winners have been emailed and will be receiving their prizes shortly. Stay tuned for future giveaways!

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    Helen said:

    All of these books look interesting and informative. We have totally changed our eating habits in the last few years. We have a 50 acre farm on which we grow our own meat and vegetables. Meat is all pastured, antibiotic and hormone free. Veggies are all pesticide and chemical free. I am selling the veggies in a weekly CSA program for the first time this year. Sustainable agriculture is so very important. We need to care more about what we are putting into our bodies and our children’s as well as our impact on the environment. I would love to be able to curl up with these great books and learn what else I could be doing. :)



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    Brittany Aukett said:

    We are a 3 person family (myself, fiance, and daughter) and have made the choice to try to limit our impact on nature by being as sustainable as possiable in our 1/4 acre urban area. I saw this movie and would love to read -No Impact Man-
    We have started make our own cleaners, and laundry soap, as well as raise 3 hens, grow our food and am now attempting to use our grey water : ) thanks for the giveaway!



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    Sarah said:

    We live on .22 acres and do what we can to grow as much food as possible. Anything we can’t grow (like meat and eggs and grain crops) we purchase from local organic farms. We’ve challenged our way of living, and in the past year we’ve gotten our weekly waste from 3 50 gallon trash barrels (we have a big family and no curb side recycling) down to 2 small kitchen trash bags. I’d love to read Edible Estates, as we dig up a little more of what little lawn we have each year. Also, I’d love to read the Overspent American, because we have been in major purge mode for the last year and a half, getting back to basics and curbing all excess spending…I’d love to know more about that!



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    Jenny Brown said:

    I’d love to win Food Rules! I’ve been wanting to read some of Michael Pollan’s work.



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    Julie P said:

    All of the books would be awesome to get for free, but “Forty-six years of Pretty Straight Living” looks particularly awesome. I’m a photography fan and the subject matter of the dairy farm is really fascinating. I’d would LOVE this book. The other book that is intereting is the Michael Pollen book. I enjoy his writing and the topics that he covers. I hope I win one or the other or any of these! Thanks. Julie



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    Michelle Clark said:

    Over the course of the last few years, I’ve learned that to help the bodies energy flow, it needs the right fuel. To add to that, kinder treatment to the planet is necessary. I would love to be given anyone of these books, to aide me in this transformation and putting to use the land to make it as sustainable as possible, teaching my children this and sharing with the community; these are my goals. namaste’



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    Lo Nichole said:

    I use the public library as much as possible for my own media needs; however, it would be nice to have a good small library of my own. When people ask me about my vegan lifestyle, I tell them as much as they’re ready to hear. Sometimes they even want to know more than I have time to tell them! Recommending a book isn’t as effective as letting someone borrow your own copy. Spreading knowledge and information would lead to more health and happiness! :)



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    marion yoder said:

    I would love to have any of them, but specifically Edible estates, as I’ve always been interested in edible landscaping, or food rules, as I love micheal pollen’s writing, if I won one it would also become part of the lending library in our store :-)



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    Mark Mauboules said:

    Getting a Grip: Clarity, Creativity and Courage in a World Gone Mad by Frances Moore Lappe is the book i would read just because the title is so NOW! With the state of the economy, riots in england and 2012 just around the corner, this book is something I would keep close to me in the midst of Armageddon.



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    wendy robinson said:

    I would love to read all of them. I love any nonfiction that has to with improving your life and those around you.



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    Stephanie F. said:

    I’d love to read “The Overspent American: Why We Want What We Don’t Need” by Juliet B. Schor. I’m always amazed at the number of people in debt and utilize credit cards as a form of income. Not knowing much about what this book is about, the title leads me to believe I would really enjoy reading it. Thanks for the chance to win!



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    Leah McIntosh said:

    I really want to change the impact I’m having on the planet. Put me in for The End of Nature, Edible Estates, or The Overspent American, please. What a great way for you to recycle some good reading!



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    Bradford McKeown said:

    I’m participating in an EcoChallenge fundraiser this fall, where I’ve committed to, among other things, reducing my trash to as close to zero as possible for two weeks. ‘What Can I Do? An Alphabet for Living by Lisa Harrow’ looks like it contains great advice and strategies that could help me achieve my goals!



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    Michelle Haines said:

    I teach a class in high school called “senior survival”. One entire unit is devoted to food technology and the future of food. Teaching these seniors about sustainable agriculture is quite challanging. When I have a student that is really interested and performs well in my class, I like to reward them with resources – especially books. IJ would be most interested in the Michael Pollan book but any would be awsome ways to pass the new onto another generation.



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    Taye P said:

    I would love to read all of the books above (although Clean Plates NYC might be better appreciated by someone in the Manhattan area… I am not). Sustainable living and low0impact food production has become an interest of mine in the last few years and I am eager to learn as much about it as I can so that I can implement further changes in my lifestyle and be better to myself, my family, and my planet. I feel that I would be able to put the information in these books to very good use.



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    Jenny B. said:

    My library included every book Michael Pollan has written (he’s fantastic) and a few other reference books… I’m in need of expanding my authors! I’d love to have any of the books, as somany of those authors are valuable resources… I just happen not to have them!!



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    ravia said:

    Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual by Michael Pollan
    Because of my profession (Dietition dealing with Diabesity)



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    Tammy Snodgrass said:

    Edible Estates cause we need help to learn how to grow enough food to survive on our little spot of heaven!! Thanks!



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    Lisa said:

    We are a family that lives mindfully, meaning we are aware of the impact we have on the environment and live in ways to protect its health and the health of our family. We compost, buy organic foods and grass fed meats from local sources, and cook foods from scratch at home. We garden in containers at the moment, but are planning on expanding edible plants into our landscape considering we live in a subdivision. With that being said, I would absolutely love to receive the book, Edible Estates: Attack on the Front Lawn by Fritz Haeg. I know I can create a front yard that is pleasing to the eye, and also will be pleasing to our tummies when it comes time to harvest.



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    Christine said:

    I’d love to read Edible Estates – I’m all for gardens instead of lawns.



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    LouAnn FAre said:

    Overspent American. I’d like to learn more about why Americans are physically, mentally, and financially creating stressful lives for themselves as they relentlessly consume and overbuy.



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    Susan Lovejoy said:

    Edible Estates … am a huge fan of city gardens!! … bringing it back to the community!



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    auntCon said:

    Always looking to read more books about making healthy & sustainable life changes.
    Think any of these books would be great for continued inspiration.



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    Erin Corry said:

    Although all books would be insightful and support us in living a more conscious, sustainable existence, I would like to read Michael Pollan’s book, Food Rules; an Eater’s Manual. Michael is a respected voice on food issues and I like that he has drawn from the past and a variety of cultural and ethnic traditions, so I’m sure that there is much to learn from the book. I teach, support and empower others to make healthy lifestyle change through my business, Live The Healthy Edge, and I’m sure that the information in this book would benefit my students greatly as well. Thanks!



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    tif said:

    these books are amazing….. I have two of them, but the others would be great to add to my collection. I help educate young children, as a volunteer, in after school programs about sustainable living…. and the way we eat is a large chunk of what I teach. We dive into gardening, seasonable foods and how to cook them. These books would add more resources for parents and families to tap into a better understanding of its importance. Love this give away!
    thanks. tif



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    Tiffany said:

    I would love to read all of these. In the past year, my boyfriend and I have made the decision to become self-sustainable as soon as possible. We started a big garden and have 5 hens which just starting laying eggs. We have been learning so much. We are ready to start living our sustainable dream, but for now we are just saving every penny possible in order to get a piece of land and some mostly recycled materials to build a small house. It is slow going, but in the meantime we are learning about the world of seeds and solar power, educating ourselves. We want to start a family and teach our children how to live off the land. This is our dream.



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    Jak Bart said:

    It all looks like good, informative reading. Please throw my name in the hat. I do back yard gardening and composting. Flower photography is a favorite thing I do. Friend me at FB and check wall photos. Thanks.



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    rich breton said:

    id love a chance at food rules or edible estates. I love Michael Pollans books and have not read this one and im trying to raise awareness of fresh local food in idaho.



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    doug wiseman said:

    Which one to choose?! Bill McKibben is fascinating and would love to spread his info from ‘The End of Nature’. But I would be pleased with any if one is not chosen by anyone else. Gracias



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    Sharon said:

    I would find any of these to be very interesting… but I’m particularly interested in Food Rules.



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    Beth S. said:

    I’d like to win them all, as the only one I’ve read is “Food Rules”.



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    just said:

    if i won these books i would eat them up. well, maybe just read them up & share & discuss with book club friends. bc i just read food matters, and loved kingsolvers recent narrative.



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    Jill Swiencicki said:

    I love this site. I teach about sustainable food practices at St. John Fisher College.



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    Liz said:

    I, too, am a regular at the local library, but it’s always nice to get occasional books of my own and share them with others – especially friends who haven’t yet embraced the “FRESH” way of living, so to speak. :) Having read a couple Michael Pollan books, would love to win “Food Rules” since it’s one I haven’t read yet. Also would love to read “Edible Estates.”



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    karl graff said:

    We are a family of 6 and successfully planted our first veg garden this year. Tomatoes, peppers, onions, peas, beans, herbs, eggplants, squash- it has been wonderful to get our meals from our yard! I strongly encourage anyone who wants to to try it out!
    Food Rules would be a great book to have- as a reader and a lender. Pollan speaks in a clear way that really helps people want to test his thoughts and the things which he writes about.



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    suze said:

    I’d read The End of Nature; i see it all around me; hard to find tru nature in urban environments.



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    Crystal Henson said:

    I would love to win any of these fabulous books. I think the one I’d love the most would have to be “No Impact Man”. I follow his blog and am always looking for ways to accommodate my family’s living preferences while reducing waste.



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    Deejay said:

    I would love any of the books. I’m trying to put together a library of books for my out reach program for kids to learn about our food system and prevent them from being another statistic here in East Oakland.
    You would be amazed at how kids relate the flavor of grapes to Kool-Aid and not the actual fruit.



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    Christie Veronesi said:

    All those books sound so interesting! I would look forward to reading “Food Rules” by Michael Pollan the most. I really enjoyed “The Omnivores Dillema” and his contribution to Food Inc. the documentary and book. I have great respect for him and I think he can teach America a lot about where our food comes from. I have just recently discovered this world of corporate food production that has been hidden from us on purpose. I love educating and empowering myself through education!



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    Justin Dandoy said:

    Greetings from Slippery Rock University! As a graduate adviser for our Volunteer Programs, I would love to be able to add any of these titles to our office library here at SRU Volunteer Programs, especially “What Can I Do? An Alphabet for Living”! Our students of today are our future, so what better than to inform and aid our students in living a more socially conscious life through great literature? Once our students view the FRESH film on Aug 30, I know so many are going to want to learn more!



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    Tracy said:

    I would really like Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual by Michael Pollan
    I think his common sense approach is a winner!