Farm Manager Candidate Presentation Today
Come to the Dickgeisser Room in the library today at 1 p.m. to meet Nathaniel Holmes, candidate for the farm manager position at GMC. Nathaniel will discuss his agricultural background, his experiences and his vision for the future of Cerridwen Farm.
Renowned Raw Milk Producer and Activist Visits GMC
US Department of Education SealMark McAfee is the founder and CEO of Organic Pastures Dairy Company (www.organicpastures.com), the first certified organic raw milk dairy in California. It is the largest raw milk dairy farm in the world selling raw milk, cream, butter, kefir, cheese, and beef. McAfee is also the chairman and president of the Raw Milk Institute (rawmilkinstitute.net), which supplies education and training for raw milk producers, as well as valuable information about raw milk dairy farming for consumers and regulators. McAfee spoke to students on Monday, October 28 at 2:30 p.m. in the East Room.
Author Tovar Cerulli Discusses Food Choices
Author TovarGreen Mountain College is pleased to host Tovar Cerulli, author of The Mindful Carnivore—A Vegetarian’s Hunt for Sustenance. Cerulli made a public presentation on Monday, November 11 at 7 p.m. in the Gorge at Withey Hall. Cerulli’s book tells the story of his journey from eschewing not only flesh but all animal products, to becoming (improbably) a hunter. At the age of 20, concerned about the ecological impact of eating meat, Cerulli became a vegetarian, then vegan. “A few years later, having moved back to a rural community from New York City, I realized that all food has its costs. From habitat destruction to grain combines that inadvertently mince rabbits, to the shooting of deer in soybean and lettuce fields, crop production is far from harmless . . . I began to see the question wasn’t what we ate but how that food came to our plates,” he said. Primary sponsorship for Cerulli's visit to GMC is through the class Hunting: History, Ethics, and Management which examines a range of topics and issues related to hunting. Cerulli's book is one of the texts used in the class this semester. His visit coincides with a unit related to food production and game sampling where he shared some of his recipes with students.
Janisse Ray to Visit GMC
Green Mountain College welcomes acclaimed writer, naturalist and activist Janisse Ray who will be visiting campus Thursday, October 10. At 9:30 a.m. she will present "Tipping the Balance Toward Liveable Landscapes" in Ackley Auditorium. Ray will also present an evening talk at 7 p.m. in the East Room titled "The Seed Underground: Agrodiversity, Genetic Stability & the Future of Food." Ray is the author of five books of literary nonfiction and a collection of nature poetry. Anne Raver of The New York Times likened Ray to the "southern Rachel Carson." Her most recent book, The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food, is a look at what’s happening to seeds, which is to say, the future of food. The book has won the American Society of Journalists Award and the Authors’ Arlene Eisenberg Award for Writing that Makes a Difference. Currently Ray is on the faculty of Chatham University’s low-residency MFA program. She holds an MFA from the University of Montana.
Prof. Philip-Ackerman–Leist Discusses New Book
The voice of Prof. Philip-Ackerman–Leist (sustainable food systems) was heard on radio stations across the country as he discussed his recent book Rebuilding the Foodshed. On April 1 he taped interviews with Indiana Public Radio (the Earth Eats program), The Frankie Boyer Show (a National Radio Network taped in Boston), and participated in A Public Affair, a live call-in program airing on WORT in Madison, Wisc. His recent talks also received newspaper coverage in the Charlotte Observer and the Daily Tar Heel (University of North Carolina).
Farm Manager Kenneth Mulder's presentations at the NOFA-VT Conference
Farm manager Kenneth Mulder recently gave two presentations on agriculture, energy, and the prospects for reducing fossil fuel inputs into food production. In February, 2013 he presented at the NOFA-VT conference on the topic: “Farming Without Fossil Fuels: Humans, Animals and Systems.” In March, he co-presented with research and production assistant Ben Dube at the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service winter conference on the most recent results of the LEAFS production system trials. LEAFS (Long-term Ecological Assessment of Farming Systems) is an ongoing research trial comparing the land, labor, and energy costs of using human, animal, and machine power for vegetable production.
Ackerman-Leist Releases New Book
From GMC Journal
Week of February 11, 2013
Prof. Philip Ackerman-Leist’s (sustainable agriculture) new book, Rebuilding the Foodshed: How to Create Local, Sustainable, and Secure Food Systems, was released by publisher Chelsea Green on January 31, 2013.
In his latest book, Ackerman-Leist explores the distinctions between local and regional food, and navigates the contemporary issues involved in establishing a sustainable food system.
He asks readers, “Can we build and support smaller-scale, locally oriented food systems that are more likely to be just, ecologically appropriate, accessible, and resilient than food systems of larger scales?” He does respond in the affirmative. However, through asserting the complications that face the local agricultural and, indeed, the global agricultural community, Ackerman-Leist makes it clear that the methods to achieve this goal are various and multifaceted.
He writes, “We Americans are well versed in volunteerism, supporting nonprofits, and transforming religious ideals into action. In sum, we do a pretty good job in responding to problems. But we don’t always seem to be so good at fixing problems—not even one as basic as ensuring that everyone has access to affordable, nutritious, culturally appropriate foods. The first step in addressing a problem is defining it. And the more complex the problem, the more challenging it can be to define it.”
Despite this proviso, Ackerman-Leist defines many problems with the food system, through explaining historical context and the contemporary legal and cultural landscape. Most importantly, he describes the challenges that readers will face if they choose to enter the national debate, or even if they choose to subvert the status quo on an individual level. Through the medium of his writing, Ackerman-Leist provides sustainability-minded readers with a key ingredient for success: confidence that it can be done.
Among the admirers of the book is Marion Nestle, prof. of Sociology at New York University and author of the influential blog Food Politics. She plans on using the book for her food advocacy class at NYU this summer.
Read an early review of the book from Publisher’s Weekly here .