Philip Ackerman-Leist ~ Rebuilding the Foodshed
We are pleased to be the bookseller for this year's Environmental Expo
at Colby-Sawyer College!
The event will be on Tuesday April 23 at 7:00 pm in Clement Hall at Colby-Sawyer College.
It is free and open to the public.
The Environmental Expo speaker this year is Philip Ackerman-Leist from Green Mountain College. His topic is very relevant given the interest in local food and resilient communities. He will be discussing his newly released book.
Rebuilding the Foodshed: Remapping Our Expectations for the Food We Share
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.
Droves of people have turned to local food as a way to retreat from our
broken industrial food system. From rural outposts to city streets, they
are sowing, growing, selling, and eating food produced close to
home--and they are crying out for agricultural reform. All this has made
"local food" into everything from a movement buzzword to the newest
darling of food trendsters.But now it's time to take the conversation to
the next level. That's exactly what Philip Ackerman-Leist does in
"Rebuilding the Foodshed," in which he refocuses the local-food lens on
the broad issue of rebuilding regional food systems that can replace the
destructive aspects of industrial agriculture, meet food demands
affordably and sustainably, and be resilient enough to endure
potentially rough times ahead.Changing our foodscapes raises a host of
questions. How far away is local? How do you decide the size and
geography of a regional foodshed? How do you tackle tough issues that
plague food systems large and small--issues like inefficient
transportation, high energy demands, and rampant food waste? How do you
grow what you need with minimum environmental impact? And how do you
create a foodshed that's resilient enough if fuel grows scarce, weather
gets more severe, and traditional supply chains are hampered?Showcasing
some of the most promising, replicable models for growing, processing,
and distributing sustainably grown food, this book points the reader
toward the next stages of the food revolution. It also covers the full
landscape of the burgeoning local-food movement, from rural to suburban
to urban, and from backyard gardens to large-scale food enterprises.