Amherst Sustainable Ag Expo: April 12: 2:00-4:00pm

SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE EXPO

Learn, Discuss, and Explore the World of Sustainable Agriculture

mapAn expo on sustainable agriculture is being held at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst (121 North Pleasant St.) on Sunday April 12 from 2PM to 4PM. Events will include activities for children, informational tables, and a raffle with goods donated by local farms and vendors. Hosted by Sustainable Food & Farming students of UMass Amherst, the League of Women Voters, and the Green Sanctuary, this is a free, family-friendly event. Designed to educate the public on the meaning of sustainable agriculture, this expo will provide concrete answers to questions surrounding how to live a more sustainable life.

The Expo will address sustainability from multiple angles: history of sustainable agriculture, soil health, legislation, local food, food justice, and methods of sustainable agriculture. Each topic will have its own table, complete with visual aids, pamphlets, and students of the Sustainable Food & Farming major at UMass who are there to educate and inform. Collectively, the students at UMass have studied these topics and will be ready and excited to engage the public in open dialogues aimed at educating the local community on issues that are of significant importance, locally and globally.

localsustainable Participants will be welcome to peruse the expo, partaking in different activities, conversations, and locally grown and prepared snacks donated by local farms. The goal is not to preach about a right and wrong way to live, but rather, to actively engage the local community through an educated discussion on sustainability.

UMass Amherst is a state university and is one of the major public research universities in America. Students majoring in Sustainable Food and Farming are gravitating 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. The League of Women Voters is a citizen’s organization that has fought since 1920 to improve our government and engage all citizens in the decisions that impact their lives. The Green Sanctuary Program provides a path for congregational study, reflection, and action in response to environmental changes.

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If you’d like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with the UMass Sustainable Food & Farming group, please call Jason De Pecol at 203.617.7292 or email Jason at jdepecol@umass.edu.

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