Young Alum Farm and Food Panel

Green Mountain College’s Fifth Annual Young Alumni Weekend begins Friday, April 15, which is just about the time the College’s Cerridwen Farm is preparing for another planting season.

Many GMC graduates have gone into sustainable farming for a living—and as a way of life. Some of these entrepreneurs will be returning to the College to discuss their perspectives on the slow food movement and the importance of growing food safely and sustainably at a panel discussion Friday, April 15 from 3:30-5 p.m. in the Gorge, Withey Hall. The public is invited to attend.

The panel will be moderated by Prof. Philip Ackerman-Leist, who founded the College’s Farm and Food Project in 1996. Author of the recent book Up Tunket Road: The Education of a Modern Homesteader, Ackerman-Leist said, “How we as individuals relate to food is usually a pretty good indicator of how we relate to the environment, our society, other cultures, and other animals.

“I’m proud to work in a college that has a working farm as a centerpiece of campus life and that doesn’t shy away from the complexity of issues surrounding how we sustain ourselves, our environment, and our culture,” he said. “These young people have taken these lessons to heart and are helping lead the way in the sustainable food movement.”

Panelists include Karin Bellmare ‘09 and Jon Wagner-Herbert ’09 of Sunset Beach Farm in Sag Harbor, N.Y.; Joe Bossen ’08 of Vermont Bean Crafters, Pittsfield, Vt.; India Burnett Farmer ’01, of the Rutland Area Farm and Food Link (RAFFL) Project Coordinator and Northeast Vine Supply, Pawlet, Vt.; Keith Drinkwine, ’10 of Kilpatrick Family Farm, Granville, N.Y.; and Erika Krauss ’09, Two Sisters Garden and Landscaping.

The format of the panel will be “question and answer,” and the audience is invited to participate. Refreshments and appetizers featuring local foods will be provided by the Green Mountain Slow Food Club. A full schedule of Young Alum events can be found here.

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