Local Food Activism in Our Region and Beyond–Feb. 24

February 24th, 2009 by Adam

Plymouth, N.H. — In the 20th century, activism was manifested in many ways as people from all continents struggled for political and personal freedoms.

The 2009 Saul O Sidore Lecture Series at Plymouth State University is examining how activism is taking shape in the 21st century.

Lisa Johnson, Valley Food and Farm director at Vital Communities in White River Junction, Vt., will explain how activism can include building meaningful connections among farmers, restaurants, supermarkets, institutions, work sites and consumers, Tuesday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m.

Johnson contends that these connections “nourish our bodies, our environment, and our experiences within local communities.” Stories of successes and challenges from our region and beyond will demonstrate a comprehensive vision of local agriculture.

“Knowing the farmers in your neighborhood, spending time with others at a farmers’ market, and celebrating a community’s agricultural assets are examples of how quality delicious food feeds us on multiple levels,” said Johnson.

Johnson holds a graduate degree in Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University. She was general manager for retail food co-ops for 11 years, building relationships between consumers and farmers in both New Hampshire and Vermont, before moving to Vital Communities eight years ago.

Johnson is skilled in translating between groups of people who don’t normally communicate with one another, to help them envision and achieve goals together.

Johnson will speak in the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center for the Arts.
Free tickets are available at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS.

The next speaker in the series will be Guadalupe T. Luna, speaking on “The U.S.–Mexico Border: Chasing Cross-Border Activism,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 24.

The Saul O Sidore Lecture series was established at PSU in 1979 to bring a variety of speakers to the University each year to address the critical political, social and cultural issues and events of our time. Series information can be found online at plymouth.edu/sidore.

For general information about events at PSU, log on to ThisWeek@PSU, http://thisweek.blogs.plymouth.edu.

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