Urban and Community Farming
Spring 2012 Schedule
Speaker Series: Urban and Community Farming
Perspectives on Urban and Sustainable Agriculture
Location: Student Union, Room 307
Time: 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
The Urban and Community Farming speaker Series events are free and open to the public.
|March 20||The World of Beekeeping, Global to Local
Speaker: Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban
|April 17||Compost and the Future Prosperity of Rhode Island
Speaker: Greg Gerritt, chief troublemaker, with the Environmental Council of Rhode Island on economics and consultant/troublemaker at Prosperity for Rhode Island
|April 24||Place-based Approaches to Sustainable Seafood: "Local" and "Green" Meet in the Sea
Speakers: Sarah Schumann and Benjamin Sukle
Sarah Schumann is a small-scale shellfisherwoman and dedicated environmentalist who recently founded Eating with the Ecosystem, an experiment in place-based sustainable seafood eating for New England.
The local foods movement offers new and exciting ways to tackle issues of sustainability in our food supply, natural environment, and economy. Addressing sustainability in the marine realm is more complicated than on land, since there are fewer factors that we can control. Sarah Schumann will present a vision for a place-based, ecologically inspired approach to choosing what we eat from the sea – a vision that respects the intricacies of nature by eating "with", instead of just taking from, the ecosystems off our shores. Drawing on concepts pertinent to land-based activities such as urban farming, food foraging, and permaculture, this approach aspires to connect people with their environment and endow the market for local seafood with the flexibility it needs to enable future generations to pursue small scale fishing as a career path.