April 20-22 at College of the Atlantic: Reconnecting Hands, Mouth, and Mind through Food Systems Education

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What happens to food between seed and sewer? While many people today are looking into food production and healthy eating, the extensive intermediary stages—of food packaging, processing, distribution, sales, consumption, and waste—are less often investigated. From April 20 through 22, College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine, will be hosting a sustainable food systems conference, Food Connections: Reconnecting Hands, Mouth & Mind through Food Systems Education. The conference will feature  what people need to know to transform food systems, and how these subjects can best be learned.

Keynote speakers are Eric Holt-Giménez, executive director of Food First/Institute for Food & Development Policy and Gary Paul Nabhan, author and research scientist at the University of Arizona’s Southwest Center. Workshop topics will include new distribution methods and food businesses to fill infrastructural gaps, policies that favor small organic farms, ways of getting more sustainable food to campuses, cultural connections with foodways, and advocacy for food justice and sovereignty.  Maine Farmland Trust will be sponsoring a photography exhibit on campus in conjunction with the conference.

The conference will be based on the COA campus, but will include field trips to the college’s organic Beech Hill Farm and new Peggy Rockefeller Farms, local fishery operations, and Acadia National Park. In addition to COA, sponsors of Reconnecting Hands, Mouth & Mind through Food Systems Education are Elm Farm Organic Research Centre in England and the Faculty of Organic Agricultural Sciences at the University of Kassel in Germany, with generous funding from the Partridge Foundation.

For more information, please contact Matthew Doyle Olson, Sustainable Food Systems Coordinator at mdoyleolson@coa.edu or 207-801-5688.

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