UPDATE! Future of Our Food and Farms Summit

Jill Taylor Bussiere jdt at itol.com
Tue Nov 14 11:33:04 EST 2000


Maria,
    Thank you for your calm response.  I applaud you for your attempt to
provide balance - it looks like the group of folks that have put your
conference together have the resources to counter any false claims that
Dennis Avery would make.

    Good luck!  Let us know how it went!

                    Jill
----- Original Message -----
From: <MariavHM at aol.com>
To: market farming <market-farming at franklin.oit.unc.edu>
Sent: Tuesday, November 14, 2000 10:28 AM
Subject: Re: UPDATE! Future of Our Food and Farms Summit


> Hi:
>
> This email is a genuine email, and I am still subscribed to the list. I
> appreciate everyone's commitment to agriculture, I have been working in
food
> and agriculture for well over 20 years.  The Future of Our Food and Farms
> Summit is an attempt to bring food, farming and hunger issues together and
> help create a stronger food system in our region. The goal is to host a
> Summit where we can talk about issues, and hear from many points of view,
> including pro and con on GMO's. We have also invited Rebecca Goldburg from
> Environmental Defense -- she is in the session with Dennis Avery -- she'll
> present her views critical of GMO's.  We really strugged with whether and
how
> to deal with the issue of GMO's, and it was a difficult decision for the
> Steering Committee to make, but in the end we decided that we needed to
> create opportunities for the leaders to ably debate each other. We
understand
> and respect the concerns of people who may not agree. Thanks for your
concern
> and support. Below is the brief description of sessions and the list of
> speakers attending the Summit.  It'll give you an idea of what we are
trying
> to achieve.
>
> Maria
>
> Maria van Hekken
> Farmers' Market Trust
> 3760 Manchester Road (home office)
> Allentown, PA  18104-2240
> 610-530-2584
> 610-530-2586 fax
> mariavhm at aol.comIn a message dated 11/14/2000 10:23:42 AM Eastern Standard
> Time, lflondon at mindspring.com writes:
>
> In a message dated 11/14/00 10:23:42 AM, lflondon at mindspring.com writes:
>
> << On Mon, 13 Nov 2000 17:23:05 EST, MariavHM at aol.com wrote:
>
>
> >UPDATE!  Register for Future of Our Food and Farms Summit
>
> This post was hit-and-run SPAM.
>
> Interesting.  MariavHM at aol.com subscribed long enough to
> drop this post in our midst, then unsubscribed. I'll bet that email
> id  is a fake. Their usual tactics.
>
> Lawrence F. London, Jr.
> lflondon at mindspring.com
> london at metalab.unc.edu
> http://www.ibiblio.org/london
> http://www.ibiblio.org/permaculture
>  >>
> THURSDAY SESSIONS INCLUDE
>
> 1:30 P.M. TO 3 P.M.
> An Overview of the US Food System - Come learn about the five major trends
> currently impacting the food industry in this country!
>
> Learn from Women in Agriculture - Learn from women leaders who are fully
> immersed in the issues facing agriculture and actively trying to find
> solutions.  Learn how women are thriving in and bringing new perspectives
to
> all parts of agriculture and the food system.
>
> The Supermarket Project: Small Farmers Using Computer Technology and the
> Internet to Cooperatively Market Their Products - Learn about innovative
> strategies to increase direct marketing opportunities for rural community
> cooperatives; including e-commerce, consumer education and labeling; and
> promotion of local produce, specialty vegetables and value-added products.
>
> Youth in Agriculture Symposium - MANRA (Minorities in Agriculture and
Natural
> Resources Association) - Learn how to involve youth in team
decision-making
> as it relates to agricultural issues.
>
> Environmental Quality Initiative - Learn how decisions you make as a
consumer
> affect our natural environment.
>
> 3:30 P.M. TO 5:00 P.M.
> Farm to School Initiative - Getting Local Produce into Our Schools - Some
> have successfully integrated local produce into their food programs.
> Strategize about adoption of this program for your schools.
>
> Dairy Farming - What’s Up with Milk- Are too many dairy farmers getting
out
> of dairy?  Are consumers drinking enough milk?
>
> Marketing Horticultural Foods to Today’s Health Conscious Consumer -
Experts
> will describe how health benefits can be used to market herbs and fresh
> fruits and vegetables.
>
> Expanding The WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program To Serve More Farmers,
> Mothers And Children  - Discuss strategies for maximizing participation in
> the WIC farmers market nutrition program.
>
> How to Preserve Farmland and Sustain Farming - Discuss with experts the
state
> of open space preservation efforts and how this significant work can help
> sustain farming in the region.

>
> Involving Youth in the Food System - Learn ways to involve youth in the
food
> system using hands-on experiences. Youth and adults both will enjoy this
> session.
>
> Minority Entrepreneurs - Innovative minority market opportunities in the
food
> system in the Mid-Atlantic region.
>
> 5:30 TO 9:00 P.M.
> Dinner at Jack McDavid’s - Dinner at the home of renowned chef Jack
McDavid,
> proprietor of Down Home Diner and Jack’s Firehouse.
>
>
> FRIDAY SESSIONS INCLUDE
>
> 8:30 A.M. TO 10:00 A.M.
> Discussing the Role of Genetic Engineering in Plant Food Production - What
> type of regulatory and/or labeling system should be in place to monitor
> genetically engineered organisms?
>
> Inner City Supermarkets: Critical Link in a Just Food System - What does
it
> take to establish inner-city supermarkets and successfully maintain them?
>
> Edible Connections - This interactive session will give you the tools to
> change the way your community talks about the local food system.
>
> "From Our Farms": A New Initiative to teach Families about Food,
Nutrition, &
> the Farm  - "From Our Farms" takes a unique approach to Community
Supported
> Agriculture by collaborating with local farmers...with the purpose of
> promoting local agriculture and good nutrition.
>
> Yes, Virginia, There Really are Gardens in New Jersey! - Learn about the
> variety of produce grown, the strength of marketing efforts, and how
Jersey
> Fresh produce reaches consumers from Montreal to Miami.
>
> 10:30 A.M. TO 12:00 NOON
> Improving Youth Diets - Explore the environment in which youth make their
> food decisions.
>
> Cooperatives: Connecting Producers with Consumers - Learn about
cooperative
> structures, steps in organizing, and tips for effective operations.
>
> Marketing Natural Beef - The direct marketing of high quality beef to the
> consumer provides a sustainable method for small and part-time farmers to
> compete for market share and price recovery.
>
> Sustainable Marketing Alternatives for Ethnic Produce in the Mid-Atlantic
> Region - Analyze real cases of diversifying farm enterprises and ethnic
> produce market opportunities and offers some food for thought and a
> networking opportunity for a sustainable future of our food and farms.
>
> Making Connections: Food for Everyone - Join this wide-ranging discussion
of
> the many ways connections are created between communities, corporations,
and
> consumers to ensure food for everyone.
>
> Community Food Security Initiative - Is your community being "deprived" of
> available federal funds that can support local agriculture while improving
> the diets of low-income adults and children?
>
> LEARN FROM THE EXPERTS
>     Karen Anderson      NOFA New Jersey
>     Troy Bishopp            Bishopp’s Custom Grazing
>     Rebecca Bond            Rural Coalition
>     Steve Brown         Brown’s Thriftway Markets
>     J. Lynne Brown      Penn State University
>     Dick Burruss            Agricultural and Community Development
Services
>     Charles Cathcart        Keystone Development Center
>     Everett Chamberlain     Rutgers Cooperative Extension
>     JoAnn Connelly      Greater Philadelphia Food Bank
>     Isobel Contento     Teachers College, Columbia University
>     Chuck Cruickshank       Land O’Lakes
>     Mary Cummings       Rutgers Cooperative Extension
>     Joanne Denworth     10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania
>     Father Randy Eldridge       Rural Coalition
>     Gerald Ely          Susquehanna County USDA
>     Pete Feretti            Penn State University
>     Christine Filardo       Produce for Better Health Foundation
>     Daisy Garrett           Mississippi Association of Cooperatives
>     Carl German         University of Delaware
>     Alison Harmon           Penn State University
>     Hope Holland            New Jersey Department of Agriculture
>     Luanne Hughes       Rutgers Cooperative Extension
>     Cindy Javor         Allegheny Cooperative Extension
>     Wesley Kline, Ph.D.     Rutgers Cooperative Extension
>     Pam Koch            Teachers College, Columbia University
>     Jock Lauterer           Penn State University
>     Gail Lennon         Fall River Wild Rice
>     Toni Liquori            Community Food Resource Center, NYC
>     James Locker            Penn State University
>     Cathy Lyons         Penn State University
>     Audrey Maretzki     Penn State University
>     Mark McGuigan       Greenpace Alliance
>     Robert Mickel           Rutgers Cooperative Extension
>     Sheila Miller           Pennsylvania Legislator
>     Sue Mitchem         PA Hunger Action Center
>     Stuart Nunnery          Campaign For Food Literacy
>     Richard Poorbaugh       Penn State University
>     Peter Pugliese, MD      The Pugliese Group
>     Jim Quarella            Bellview Farms
>     Ken Regal           Just Harvest
>     Dominic Ritardi     New Jersey Department of Agriculture
>     Karima Rose         Farmers’ Market Trust
>     Lori Sandman            Environmental Quality Initiative
>     Patricia Scott          Department of Defense
>     Sandy Sherman       Farmers’ Market Trust
>     Luis Sierra         Rural Development Center
>     Kate Smith          AUS Consultants
>     Crystal Smithmeyer      Pennsylvania Council of Cooperatives
>     Greg Solt           Penn State Cooperative Extension
>     Paula Spilman           Clearfield County Cooperative Extension
>     Fran Stallings          Triumph Baptist Church, Philadelphia
>     Patrick Temple-West     Archdiocese of Philadelphia
>     Stephan Tubene, Ph.D        Maryland Cooperative Extension
>     Rick VanVranken     Rutgers Cooperative Extension
>     Karen Wilson            Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger
>     Lynn Wolf           Penn State Cooperative Extension
>
>
> PLUS    MANRA Executive Board members, MANRA students from the
Philadelphia
> area, and other youth and young adult food system experts
>
>
>
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