The Nebraska Women in Agriculture program has announced “Braiding Sweetgrass,” by Robin Wall Kimmerer, as the selection for its fall book club.
A virtual discussion about the book will be held at 7 p.m. Central time on Dec. 8, with Jenny Nixon, a Rural Prosperity Nebraska Extension educator.
In “Braiding Sweetgrass,” Kimmerer brings the lenses of knowledge of plants and animals together to show that the awakening of a wider ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgement and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world. As a botanist and member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers.
“For only when we can hear the languages of other beings are we capable of understanding the generosity of the earth and learning to give our own gifts in return,” Kimmerer said. “This book will take us on a journey that is every bit as mystical as it is scientific, as sacred as it is historical, as clever as it is wise.”
Nixon, who will lead the discussion about the book, is based out of Sioux County, in the rural, northwestern Nebraska panhandle. In the past decade, she has focused her work around coaching communities to engage citizenry, identify needs and develop plans and strategies that support and build local businesses, retain and attract people and increase quality of life in the community. In her spare time, Nixon loves to make use of her range management degree by studying cultural uses of plants. She grows and maintains many native plants in her yard and garden and is always amazed by the beauty and diversity that is displayed throughout the year.
The discussion is free to attend and will be held over Zoom. Registration is open on the Nebraska Women in Agriculture website, https://wia.unl.edu. A complimentary copy of the book will be mailed to the first 20 people who register. Participants may also purchase the book from their favorite retailer or download the Libby app to rent books or audio books. A library card is required.
Nebraska Extension’s Women in Agriculture program will continue to host its book club every quarter. Featured books will cover a variety of topics, such as grain marketing, farm finance, estate planning, inspirational subjects and more.