“We hope to create a dialogue that will illuminate Berkshire foodways for producers and consumers, connect potential partners for collaboration, and help to determine the best way forward for Berkshire food.”-Professor Maryann Tebben,
Center for Food Studies at Simon’s Rock,
from the 2016 Conference
How can "food-active" citizens engage with agriculture in productive ways?
The roundtables will examine how consumers can connect with food production and sustainable eating via social justice organizations or farm-to-table businesses or CSAs, for example. Roundtable topics will be selected by audience members at the close of the first panel Each session will offer two different topics; conference attendees choose which discussions to attend.
Will Conklin, Executive Director of Greenagers
Alena Coons (SR '00), PhD candidate in Ecopsychology, Agrarian Researcher, Educator
Amanda Brown, Director of UMass Student Farm
Jessica Vecchia, Director of Alchemy Initiative in Pittsfield
Morgan Ovitsky Be Well Berkshires Project Coordinator
Mark Firth, owner, and Steve Browning, chef Prairie Whale Restaurant
Join Donald McClelland, faculty in environmental science, for a fun and educational walk around campus to learn about the trees, with an emphasis on native trees and foraging opportunities.