1/27/2014 Peter Durantine

Food Chains and System Change is This Saturday's Panel Discussion

On behalf of the Food Working Group of the Sustainability Committee, and Prof. Kulik's and my reading group on sustainable foods and institutional procurement policy, I'm very pleased to announce that there will be big food-related doings on the campus this weekend.

First, thanks to the work of Julia Fleisch '16, Franklin & Marshall College is host site for the 2014 Winter Strategy Retreat of the Real Food Challenge, a national network of students working for a healthier, more just, and environmentally sustainable food system--beginning with campus food systems. (Just so you know, that puts us right up there with the University of Vermont., Northwestern, UC Santa Cruz, Evergreen College, UMass Amherst among other campuses as a hotbed of food activism.) We are expecting around 40 students from the mid-Atlantic region to be on campus fromFriday through Sunday for workshops, training sessions, and networking--if you have the opportunity, please make them welcome.
There is one public event that the campus and Lancaster community is warmly invited to attend at 7pm on Saturday, Feb 1 in Stager 102 - Stahr Auditorium. This is a panel discussion on "Food Chains and System Change: A panel about the food system." Panelists, listed below, will share about their stories, the challenges in their work, and what opportunities they see for building a just and sustainable food system. For anyone interested in food systems, it should be a provocative evening, and we hope to see you there.  Please share this information with your students and others who may be interested.
  • Nelson Carrasquillo - General Coordinator, El Comité de Apoyo a Los Trabajadores Agricolas / Farmworker Support Committee
  • Deirdre Lally - Endless Mountains Farm & Shalefield Organizing Committee
  • Geoff Bucknum - Supply Chain Manager, Common Market Philadelphia
  • Marjorie Simmons - dining worker at George Washington University in DC for 34 years
  • Rob Morasco -  Senior Director for Offer Development, Sodexo Higher Education
Please direct specific questions on the retreat to Julia at jfleisch@fandm.edu. On the Real Food Challenge, see http://www.realfoodchallenge.org
all the best,
Linda Aleci
Chair, Sustainability Committee
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