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Philip Ackerman-Leist ~ Rebuilding the Foodshed

04/23/2013 7:00 pm
04/23/2013 9:00 pm

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.

Book List
$19.95
ISBN-13: 9781603584234
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Chelsea Green Publishing Company, 1/2013
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.

Location: 
Street:
Clement Hall
Additional:
Colby-Sawyer College
City:
New London
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Province:
New Hampshire
Postal Code:
03257
Country:
United States