The Florida Master Gardener Volunteer Book Club

Cover of the book showing a metal pail full of vegetable scraps

Are you looking for a good read? Or interested in connecting with gardeners around the state? You are invited to join us for a community reading.

What’s the next book club title?

This new year we’re digging into the science of decomposition and learning all we can about soil health. Join us as we read our first title of 2021: "Composting for a New Generation."

Healthy, nutrient-rich soil is the basis for any plant's success. Unfortunately in Florida, what we have to work with is mostly sand. As we read, author (and self-proclaimed "compost geek") Michelle Balz will walk us through a host of old and new composting techniques. Soil chemistry, ecosystems, microorganisms, macroorganisms, fungi, and more; there is a lot to learn in 2021 with the Florida MGV Book Club.

How do I join the book club?

Simply purchase "Composting for a New Generation" and you're in! January’s title is available as an illustrated paperback and a Kindle e-book. A note to our readers who prefer large print, we suggest purchasing the e-book so the text size can be adjusted.

To share your thoughts and discuss with readers around the state, follow us on social media. We'll be posting frequently on Instagram (@Florida.Master.Gardeners) and Facebook (@florida.mastergardeners). There we will share discussion questions, quotes, pictures, and video discussions with our State Master Gardener Volunteer Program Coordinator, Wendy Wilber.

Will we meet to discuss the book?

Yes! Wendy Wilber will host a statewide virtual book club meeting at the end of March. "Composting for a New Generation" author Michelle Balz will join us from Cincinnati, Ohio, for the book discussion; we're excited to hear her thoughts and discuss our composting questions. Check the next issue of the Neighborhood Gardener newsletter or our social media accounts for details about this live event.

But you don't have to wait until the end of the month to gather with other book club members. Local Master Gardener volunteers, friends, and neighbors may enjoy reading the book and discussing together all month long. We encourage local groups of readers to meet up virtually when meeting in person is difficult. Consider using social media platforms, Zoom, Skype, or making a phone call.

However you decide to connect, we're excited to read and grow with you. Thank you for being a part of our community.

Book List

Interested in what we've previously read? See the MGV Book List.