Sustainable Agriculture Expo

On Sunday, April 12th, 2015 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, 121 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01004, students from the University of Massachusetts Sustainable Food and Farming program will come together with the League of Women Voters of Amherst for an afternoon of Sustainable Agriculture with opportunities for discussions around soils, the importance of composting, legislation, conventional vs. organic agriculture, permaculture techniques, biodynamic farming, and other forms of sustainable agriculture. Food Justice will also be discussed. Food and beverage will be provided as well as activities for children. Items donated by local farms and purveyors, including Real Pickles and Taproot Threads, a sustainable clothing company, will be raffled.

The growth of local food and farming is particularly important today as the world experiences the “perfect storm” of climate disruption, energy shortages, and economic stress. Students in the UMass Sustainable Food and Farming program, recognizing this crisis as an opportunity, are gravitating to the study of sustainable farming and working toward careers in local food and green businesses, urban agriculture, permaculture, herbal medicine, and related jobs in farm-based education, public policy, community development and advocacy. For more information, visit the UMass School of Agriculture web site.

This event is open to the public, and families with children are encouraged to attend.