The Amherst Sustainable Agriculture Expo held on Sunday, April 12, was a great success. Students from UMass (Stockbridge) Professor John Gerber’s sustainability class presented posters on the history of sustainable agriculture, soil health, legislation, local food, food justice, and methods of sustainable agriculture. The League of Women Voters of Northampton presented a poster on the new LWVUS position on agriculture and the UUSA had a poster on the Society’s Green Sanctuary Committee work and positions. Representative Ellen Story, the event’s fourth sponsor, came to the event and spoke with the students about their posters and their experiences at UMass.
Expo events included coloring and seed planting activities for children and a raffle with goods donated by local farms and vendors. The Expo was designed with two goals. The first was to educate the students on how to plan and implement a public event including writing press releases, communicating with donor vendors and engaging community members. The second was to educate the public about sustainable agriculture and provide people with answers to questions on how to live a more sustainable life. The reviews the students collected were glowing and Professor Gerber said that one of the students announced he had never felt so accomplished. Overall it was a great experience for everyone.