Readings and Workshops

Join us for a book launch, reading and signing!

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We are very happy to hear from you regarding scheduling events, keynotes, and workshops, thinking forward positively when it is safe to do so. We will do a limited number of virtual events, love written reviews, and are happy to consider podcast interviews. Contact or 978-544-7564 to talk more.  Please also visit our Seeds of Solidarity organization webpage for more ways to learn and get involved.

While 2020 events were postponed due to COVID-19, we are grateful for the wonderful events and readings we did when the book was released in 2019, for example…

Memories of 2019…

Listen to a recent interview with Monte Belmonte and CISA on The River WRSI

Thursday April 11th, 6.30 PM Book Launch Celebration! Reading, conversation and signing. Hitchcock Center for the Environment, Amherst MA. Come early at 6PM for a special pre-event tour of this amazing model of ecological building design. If you are planning to come, registering for this free event will be helpful so we can plan accordingly. Many thanks to the wonderful Hitchcock Center for hosting!

Wednesday April 17th, 6.30 PM (to 7.30) North Quabbin area book release! Athol Public Library. Reading, conversation with the authors, and signing. Free, but registration is requested by calling the library at 978-249-9515.

Thursday April 25th, Antioch New England, Keene NH. An evening presentation of readings and dialogue (time tba soon). Co-hosted by the Environmental Studies Department Student Alliance and Community Garden Connections. Keene area community members welcome!

Friday April 26th, The Communities that Care Coalition holds a gathering in Greenfield MA of regional agencies and residents to report on action plans and advocacy opportunities, 11am-1PM. Deb will share a short book excerpt, and have copies available. Interested in their work? Register here.

Sunday April 28th, 10am to 4PM at the Boston Public Market as part of their annual AgFest, a celebration of Earth Day and all things growing. Stay tuned for more info!

Tuesday May 7th, 5PM at the People’s Pint, Greenfield MA.  Enjoy a reading and signing in this wonderful and welcoming restaurant. Enjoy a beverage or stay for dinner afterwards. If the crowd wants, we’ll continue the conversation and celebration with the authors into the evening at the Pint’s adjacent gathering space.

Thursday May 16th, 6-7 PM at the Old Creamery Co-Op, Cummington MA. Presentation on the patio! In addition to a reading and signing, we’ll be offering a mini-workshop on growing abundant, no-till gardens.

Thursday May 23rd, 10am Greenfield, MA Public Library local author series, Reading and signing.

Saturday May 25th is your opportunity to visit Seeds of Solidarity and enjoy a morning tour with the authors and co-founders at 10am till 11.30, optional potluck lunch with books available. From 1-4PM the No-till, Yes Life workshop intensive with Ricky will transform your gardening/farming. (there is a sliding scale fee and registration for the afternoon). Learn more about this day.

Saturday June 29th, 11am  Reading and signing at Toadstool Books in Peterborough N.H. Great independent bookstore! Hope to see many New Hampshire friends there.

Sunday June 30th, We’ll join our friends at Just Roots in Greenfield for their annual Food Justice Bike Ride event. We’ll do a reading/signing and conversation at about noon over lunch.

Saturday July 6th, 7PM Omega Institute, Rhinebeck NY. We will do an evening reading and signing at the Omega Cafe (open to the public) while we are there teaching that weekend. And if you are interested in our full weekend workshop, get the details and registration info at GroFood Everywhere And we always recommend their public, Saturday tours of the Omega Center for Sustainable Living and Eco-Machine.

Tuesday July 9th, Leverett MA Public Library, 6.30 PM. Reading, conversation, and signing.

Wednesday July 17th, The Buxton Common, Portland Maine. Chef Max Brody was a favorite farm customer when he had a nearby restaurant. We are thrilled to bring a book event to his new Portland area restaurant, to be paired with a great dinner and conversation. Stay tuned for details.

Sunday August 11th, 2-4 PM, Retreat Farm, Brattleboro VT. We offer a workshop for beginning and experienced growers will gain practical ideas for using local resources, simple tools, and no-till, regenerative techniques to build rich soil, reduce maintenance, conserve water, and help restore the climate– while growing abundant, three-season gardens. You’ll also learn to bend hoops for your own low tunnel (mini-greenhouse), and a lucky participant will win a set to take home! Hands-on experience, inspiring ideas, and engaging conversation unite for great gardens, personal health, and vibrant communities.

Sunday August 25th, Gloucester, MA to include a workshop from 3.30-5.30PM for farmers, artists, educators, activists seeking to sustain balanced lives and loving relationships while doing meaningful work, potluck at 6, and an evening reading at 7. Contact Caitlin at for details or to sign up for the workshop (modest fee). North Shore/Boston area folks spread the word. Graciously held at Cedar Rock Gardens in Gloucester.

Monday September 23rd, 7PM. Augusta Savage Gallery, New Africa House, UMass. Thrilled to be part of a week-long festival at this fabulous gallery! Our reading event is paired by a wonderful musical performance called Water to Wood that same night.  We had a show called Seeking the Sacred on the Farm at this fabulous gallery some years back, and are thrilled to return to offer a reading and conversation. Open to the public and free. Check out this event and others at the gallery:

Saturday and Sunday, Sept 28/29 at the North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival. We will have ample copies in our booth, with authors present to sign and talk– and will likely schedule in some readings over the course of the weekend, maybe even a demo and tasting from one of the recipes within!

Monday October 21st, 6.30 PM – Join us for a reading, conversation, and signing at the Sunderland Library, Sunderland MA

Upcoming in November-

We are speaking at the annual meeting of the Worcester County Food Bank on November 7th, and collaborating on a special event at the Blue Heron Restaurant on November 14th so stay tuned! Plus more to come in 2020.

And more to come! Check out our interview with Devon Whitney Deal of CISA and Monte Belmonte on the Local Hero Spotlight on The River- WRSI.  We also spoke with Tonia King on her Tonia’s Kitchen that aired on WHAI radio on April 25th and shared a recipe from the book, cranberry lemon kale salad.

We will update this page regularly as more readings and events, radio shows and podcasts are added.

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Values on veggies, made by friend and board member Phyllis Labanowski for Seeds of Solidarity