Purchase a $50 seat for Friday, get a free book!


Curriculum. “The subjects comprising a course of study”.

Over the years of conversations the three of us in The Collective have had, a recurring theme has been around “curriculum”. In veganism, there isn’t much curriculum being developed beyond Intro to Veganism 101. So much energy is being spent on getting people to “go vegan” that those who have been vegan for years (or decades), are left to unstructured, independent study.

For the three of us, that’s fine. We are avid readers, we enjoy exploring rabbit holes if something pops up that intrigues us, and we love the alchemy that turns information into knowledge that then becomes wisdom and inspiration for action.

As we each discover important and insightful resources, they are shared amongst us. Each of us has texts and educators that we would love to recommend to you. In fact, you have probably seen these recommendations or heard us suggest them, or speak about the important information we gained from something and how it shapes our actions today.

There is most definitely a direct action focus to all that we are doing, but blind action without basis or focused intent can be erratic and inefficient. At worst, ineffective and even harmful. Everything we are doing comes from a course of study. Whether it be our own experiences, our own witnessing & examination of the lives and communities around us, or through independent study of content created by others motivated by the same desire for sustainability, community, and meaningful impacts on the world around us a curriculum has defveloped; a curriculum we can structure a deeper exploration of sustainability, harm reduction, and community building around.

A foundational text in this curriculum is Bill McKibben’s 2007 book, “Deep Economy”. In “Deep Economy” we read: “In a changed world, comfort comes less from ownership than membership. If you are a functioning part of a community that can meet at least some of its needs -for food, for energy, for companionship, for entertainment, for succor- then you are more secure. It is toward the gradual building of such communities that we will now turn.

“This project will not be fast, easy, or cheap. Fast, cheap, and easy is what we have at the moment; they are the cardinal virtues upon which our economy rests (and if they also happen to be the very adjectives you do not want attached to your child, well, that should give you a little pause).

“The word we use to sum up these virtues is “efficiency”, and on this altar we have sacrificed a good deal: our small farms were inefficient compared to factory farms; our local retailers were inefficient compared to Wal Mart; having free time was inefficient compared to working more hours. Relationships were inefficient compared to things.”

We can suggest that everyone read this book. We can post links to where it can be purchased. We can continue banging our heads against the wall of disappointment that is expecting someone to follow through on what they say they will do. Or, we can put the book right into your hands and know that short of tying you to a chair and reading the book to you ourselves, we have made it as easy and accessible as possible to include you in this curriculum.

So, we found 18 copies of “Deep Economy” for a VERY discounted price, and will distribute them to the first 18 people who buy a $50 ticket to the degustation on the 19th. You will get your own copy of “Deep Economy” to have and hold and hopefully read!

Food is nourishment. Community is nourishment. Mental stimulation is nourishment.

We can shout for you in the woods until we are hoarse, or we can supply the map that got us to where we are at.

Here’s the link to get your tickets for the event on the 19th with the full Collective at Groundswell: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/the-twin-cities-vegan-chef-collective-51207862293

Thank you.


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