Posted February 20, 2020
PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 19, 2020
Dana Stevens, Farm to Institution New England
[email protected], (603) 809-9231
Campus Farm Community Gathers this Weekend
Easton, MA - Organizers expect more than 180 members of the campus farm community to attend the New England Campus Farmer Summit, scheduled for February 22, 2020 at Stonehill College in Easton, MA. This biennial conference convenes farm managers, students, food service industry professionals, activists, and educators to explore the role of college and university farms on campus, within their communities, and in building a better food system.
Campus farms and growing spaces serve at the intersection of food justice, environmental sustainability, food access, and wellness. This year, conference attendees from more than 70 institutions and organizations will focus on campus farms’ cyclical role in both nourishing, and being nourished by students and their wider communities. Tufts University Professor Julian Agyeman, Ph.D., will deliver the keynote address on the integration of social justice with environmental sustainability - a term he calls “just sustainabilities.” Other plenary speakers include John Lebeaux, Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture and Sterling College Professor Philip Ackerman-Leist.
The event opens with a student-led discussion on campus farm impact to student farmers’ mental, physical, and social wellness. Other session topics range from food security to academic programming to farm finances. “We all seem to approach farming and gardening differently to meet the needs of our community,” commented a 2018 attendee, “and this summit provides a platform to learn from others and think about ways to incorporate new approaches on our campuses.”
The 2020 New England Campus Farmer Summit is a collaborative project of Farm to Institution New England, the Farm & Sea to Campus Network, and Stonehill College. Additional advisory support was provided by Amherst College, Tompkins-Cortland Community College, and Fairfield Farm at the Hotchkiss School.
Major funders include UMass Amherst Dining Services, Sodexo, John Merck Fund, Henry P. Kendall Foundation, Vela Foundation, Stonehill College, Clover Food Lab, Amherst College, Griffin Greenhouse Supplies, Inc., and Blue Cross Blue Shield.
For more information visit www.campusfarmersummit.org.
About FINE: Farm to Institution New England (FINE) is a six-state network of non-profit, public and private entities working collaboratively to strengthen our food system by increasing the amount of New England-grown and processed food served in our region’s schools, hospitals, colleges and other institutions. FINE serves those at the forefront of the farm to institution movement in the region, providing a forum to connect and share ideas, models, resources and support. In 2015, FINE launched the New England Farm & Sea to Campus Network (FSCN) to serve and connect a community of higher education and food systems stakeholders. The FSCN works to improve food purchasing and empower a new generation of food systems leaders. Learn more at www.farmtoinstitution.org.
About Stonehill College: Stonehill College, a Catholic institution of higher learning founded by the Congregation of Holy Cross, is a community of scholarship and faith, anchored by a belief in the inherent dignity of each person. Through its curriculum of liberal arts and sciences and pre-professional programs, Stonehill College provides an education of the highest caliber that fosters critical thinking, free inquiry, and the interchange of ideas. Stonehill College educates the whole person so that each Stonehill graduate thinks, acts, and leads with courage toward the creation of a more just and compassionate world. Learn more at www.stonehill.edu.