Rebuilding the Foodshed: Remapping Expectations for the Food We Share
Lecture by Philip Ackerman-Leist
Location: Luther College, Valders 206
Date/Time: Tuesday, April 30th @ 7pm
It's not enough to say "local food" and declare victory. We need to invest in thoughtful planning, not just local foods--and we have to begin thinking about local food systems as citizens, not just consumers. We must also bring more diverse representation to the table and stretch our thinking from local realities to regional possibilities.
Rebuilding the foodshed brings democracy back to the table through a focus on community-based food systems, food systems that are just and resilient. Models abound for re-envisioning how local food systems can transform how we eat, shop, grow, connect, and plan for the future. Farmer, professor, and author Philip Ackerman-Leist explores local scale from a national perspective and proposes strategies for creating more democratic and secure food systems.
Philip Ackerman-Leist, author of Rebuilding the Foodshed and Up Tunket Road, is a professor at Green Mountain College, where he established the college’s farm and sustainable agriculture curriculum and is director of the Green Mountain College Farm & Food Project. He also founded and directs the college’s Masters in Sustainable Food Systems (MSFS), the nation’s first online graduate program in food systems, featuring applied comparative research of students’ home bioregions. He and his wife, Erin, farmed in the South Tirol region of the Alps and North Carolina before beginning their sixteen-year homesteading and farming venture in Pawlet, Vermont. With more than two decades of “field experience” working on farms, in the classroom, and with regional food systems collaborators, Philip’s work is focused on examining and reshaping local and regional food systems from the ground up.