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Lecture Series Focuses on Ag, Food and Community Links

  • Subject: [cg] Lecture Series Focuses on Ag, Food and Community Links
  • From: Don Boekelheide dboekelheide@yahoo.com
  • Date: Tue, 10 Jan 2006 18:09:25 -0800 (PST)

Lecture Series Focuses on Ag, Food and Community Links
(University of California, Davis)

January 9, 2006

A public lecture series exploring the links among
agriculture, food and community begins Tuesday, Jan.
10, at UC Davis and continues each Tuesday with
nationally recognized speakers and local experts
through March 14.

Mark Van Horn, director of the UC Davis Student Farm,
will open the series with a talk entitled
"Agriculture, Food and Community -- the Connections."

"The links among agriculture, food and community have
stimulated public debate about where food comes from,
the well-being of the farmers and farmworkers who
produce it, and access to food," said Van Horn. "We
are very happy to have this group of farmers, garden
organizers, students, educators and researchers
address key issues relevant to food, community and

The series will include the Feb. 28 special appearance
by internationally known social worker Catherine
Sneed, who initiated and continues to run one of the
world's most comprehensive prison garden programs at
the San Francisco County Jail in San Bruno.

In addition to Sneed's talk on building communities
and prison gardens, speakers will address the global
context of the U.S. farm bill and the impact of
agricultural subsidies on family farmers worldwide,
food insecurity among California farmworkers,
grassroots efforts by Native American communities,
high-school and university student groups' efforts to
make their food systems more sustainable, and the
importance of community and agriculture in sustaining
farmers, farmland and food security.

Rick Roush, interim director of the UC Davis-based
statewide Sustainable Agriculture Research and
Education Program (SAREP), which is co-sponsoring the
series, said the discussions would help make the
connections among hunger, agriculture and communities.

"University research and education play a key role in
assessing and increasing the sustainability of the
food and agricultural systems," he said.

Lectures are scheduled for 4:10 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesdays on the UC Davis campus. All lectures except
Sneed's will take place in Room 101 Bowley Science
Center. Sneed's Feb. 28 talk will be in Wyatt Pavilion

A complete calendar of these winter-quarter lectures
is available online at http://www.sarep.ucdavis.edu/news/0601apr.htm.

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