Bluestem to host salon series with This Perennial Land authors

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Bluestem, the wine bar located within French Meadow, is named for a variety of native prairie grass. It's only fitting that this would be the location for a salon series with Paula Westmoreland and Lansing Shepard, authors of The Perennial Land.

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The first salon, titled "Not the Rural Minnesota You Used to Know," will be held on January 9. The discussion, the first of monthly discussions held every second Thursday through May, will focus on restorative agriculture and how land conditions are changing. Attendees will also discuss obstacles to restoration, urban/rural partnerships, and more. 

Organizers describe This Perennial Land as the story of "an intensely farmed land that has been written off as a 'sacrificial landscape' -- a natural place ceded entirely to industrial use -- even by many concerned about the environment." Through essays and photos, the book explores how farmers can reinvest in the land and use sustainable practices to restore the land.

In addition to this food for thought, each evening includes a meal with organic, vegan, or gluten-free selections from French Meadow Bakery and Cafe as well as items from Bluestem. The event will run from 6 to 9 p.m. Entry to the event costs $24 per person or you can pay $40 for entry plus an autographed copy of the book. To make reservations, email [email protected] or call 612-767-3443.

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