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Net Impact BGI: Food and Agriculture
Wed, Feb 13, 2013 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Net Impact BGI hosts another community social, this time focusing on Sustainable Food and Agriculture on Wednesday, February 13th. Our distinguished guest for the evening will be Fred Kirschenmann, renowned professor and farmer, who has been at the forefront of sustainable agriculture nationally and internationally, pioneering the concept of Agriculture of the Middle (AOTM).
Addressing “a disappearing sector of mid-scale farms, ranches and related agrifood enterprises,” AOTM incorporates value-based food supply chains. This national initiative led by Kirshcenmann works to“encompass a spectrum of farms and ranches that are declining because they are too small to be served well by commodity markets and too large to be served well by direct markets.”
This event is open to the public and we encourage you to bring a classmate, mentor, co-worker, and/or friend. Join us for a great opportunity to build community with people in and outside of the BGI network. These events are opportunities to learn, present questions, network and socialize.
Registration is now open. We hope you share in the food, drink, and chance to spend quality time with quality people discussing important topics. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
FLOW OF EVENT
- 6:00 p.m. – Doors Open
- 6:15 p.m. – Welcome (Introduction)
- 6:25 p.m. – Featured Speaker Presentation followed by Questions and Discussion
- 7:15 p.m. – Open For Networking
ABOUT THE PRESENTER
Fred Kirschenmann is a Distinguished Fellow for the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University and President of Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, New York. He continues to manage his family’s 2,600-acre certified organic farm in south central North Dakota. Kirschenmann holds a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Chicago, and has written extensively about ethics and agriculture. His January 2012 TedxManhattan talk Soil: From Dirt to Lifeline looked at how food is currently grown in the world, the negative consequences that large scale farming presents on the soil, some innovative methods that researchers and scientists are coming up with to improve soil quality, and some other positive trends in sustainable food cultivation.