I've seen Fred Kirschenmann give a great talk, followed by another great=20
one by Liz Henderson, both about our food and agriculture system. Anyone=
within striking distance would do well to attend. The cookies and=20
organic coffee just add to the pleasure!
Please contact Accokeek (cc'd) or the contact listed below for more=20
information or directions to the farm.
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Date: Tue, 30 Jan 1996 11:54:37 -0500
Subject: Lecture series
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 22, 1996
Contact: Anthony Brooks
LECTURE SERIES CHALLENGES
CONVENTIONAL WISDOM ABOUT
FUTURE OF AGRICULTURE
ACCOKEEK - The Accokeek Foundation announced its Spring Lecture Series for
=93Farming, Food and The Future of Agriculture,=94 a series focusing on the
urgent need for a sustainable agriculture for a sustainable future.=20
The lecture series is offered to educate and inform the general
public and national policy-makers about the complexities and challenges of
creating a sustainable food system.=20
Foundation President, Wilton C. Corkern, said, =93Agriculture is
These speakers can talk about some of the changes agriculture will have to
make because they are living them now. Farmers in the future will have=20
to do more with less and the challenges are enormous.=20
=93We see our role in this enterprise as facilitators of discussions a=
the changes agriculture will need to make to feed the future. We went out
and asked experts on the cutting edge to give us their very best thinking=
about farming, food, and the future of agriculture. We have lined up=20
nationally and internationally renowned speakers who are thinkers and=20
advocates, producers and consumers, who are passionate about the future=20
of food. The speakers are certain to educate and inform the audience=20
about the complexities and challenges of creating a sustainable food system=
=09The six-part lecture series will be held at the National Colonial
Farm in Accokeek, Maryland, 15 miles south of the U.S. Capitol, beginning
February 11, 1996. There is a $5 charge for each lecture, and a $25
charge for the entire series. Seating is limited. Reservations are
required. For additional information, directions, and reservations, call
301-283-2113. Light refreshments will be served.=20
The Accokeek Foundation, sponsor of the lecture series, is a
non-profit, educational organization dedicated to preserving, protecting,
and fostering the resources and history of Piscataway Park, while=20
educating people about their connections to the land and the importance=20
of stewardship of the Mount Vernon viewshed and the Potomac=20
# # #
THE ACCOKEEK FOUNDATION
=93Farming, Food and The Future of Agriculture=94
A six-part lecture series fostering discussion of
sustainable agriculture, consumer awareness and the=20
systems needed to promote and enlarge methods of organic food
production and distribution.
Speaker: Fred Kirschenman, Farmer and Philosopher. =93Developing Systems t=
Sustain Agriculture.=94 Sunday, February 11, 1996, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
A discussion of food production and distribution and the system changes
needed to support sustainable agriculture. If we diversify our crops, how
can we efficiently farm, market, and distribute our products when the syste=
is built for monoculture?
Speaker: Elizabeth Henderson, Farmer. =93Vision for a Sustainable Food
System.=94 Sunday, February 25, 1996, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Elizabeth Henderson will share her vision of an ecologically-balanced food
system based on stewardship of the land, cooperation, and social justice.
She will analyze the obstacles in our way and lead a discussion on how we c=
all work together to bring a new vision to life.
Speaker: Kate Clancy, Professor of Nutrition. =93Eaters and Citizens.=94
Sunday, March 3, 1996, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Professor Clancy will discuss how we can educate and activate ourselves and
policy makers to improve the food supply and the public=92s health. =20
Speakers: Walt and Sylvia Erhardt, CSA Farmers. =93Sustaining Farmers with
Alternative Distribution Systems.=94 Sunday, March 10, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.=
The Ehrhardts will discuss the concept of Community Supported Agriculture
(CSA) and share marketing ideas learned in Russia. =20
Speakers: Skip Kauffman and Shane LaBrake. =93Sustainable Agriculture in
Action: The Ecosystem Farm.=94 Sunday, March 17, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Kauffman and LaBrake will discuss putting ideas to work in the field with a
tour of the Accokeek Foundation=92s Robert Ware Straus Ecosystem Farm to
Speaker: Jill Schwartz, The American Farmland Trust. =93Preserving Land to
Sustain Agriculture.=94 Sunday, March 24, 1996, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Why save farmland? What tools and techniques are available for saving
farmland and how can the public help implement them?
Series location: The National Colonial Farm, Accokeek, Maryland
Reservations required: Call: 301-283-2113.
Cost: $5 for each lecture; $25 for the series