Food, Farmers and Community: Opening the Dialogue
“Food, Farmers and Community: Opening the Dialogue,” a half-day symposium focusing on Harford County’s agriculture and food system and the advantages of buying local, takes place Saturday, March 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Harford Community College, Edgewood Hall, Room 132.
The symposium is the centerpiece of “Gathering at the Community Table: Celebrating Harford’s Farms and Food,” the first Harford Community College Scholar-in-Residence program, which focuses on Harford County’s rich food history and land stewardship.
The symposium’s keynote speaker is Julie Oberg, deputy secretary of the Maryland Department of Agriculture. She will discuss “As a Community of Food Consumers, We Are All Stakeholders in the Success of Our Farms: Overview of Harford County Farming and its Challenges.”
Breakout sessions include “The Real Cost of Cheap Food: The Economic Challenges of Farming and Eating,” “Rooted in Our Soil: Buying Local for Our Community and Our Health,” “What’s Behind the Label: How Do We Understand the Meaning of Organic, GMOs and Antibiotic-Free Food?” and “Why is Agricultural Land Preservation Important in Harford County?”
The symposium will also launch Harford County’s new web-based GIS map enabling the public to “buy local” by easily locating and finding information about Harford County farms and their products.
Breakfast and lunch will be served at the symposium, and each will feature local agricultural products. At lunch, a wrap-up discussion about the sessions and follow-up action will take place. There will also be a display featuring local farmers and their products.
In addition, video shorts featuring farming and food topics will be shown in the registration area, and table and poster displays highlighting county agricultural agencies will be on display.
The symposium is geared to both the public and farmers to learn about and discuss issues facing food producers and consumers today. In addition, the planning team encourages county organizations, including nonprofits and religious institutions, to sponsor at least one member to attend the symposium as a “food ambassador.” Food ambassadors will return to their organizations to educate the membership on the information they learned at the symposium.
The cost to attend is $10 per person. To register and for more information, visit harford.edu/gather. Questions about the symposium should be directed to Sharon Stowers, PhD, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sponsors of the symposium include Harford Community College, Harford Community College Foundation’s Grants for Innovation Program, Harford County Office of Community and Economic Development and Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation.
Sponsors of the symposium include Harford Community College, Harford Community College Foundation's Grants for Innovation Program, Harford County Office of Community and Economic Development and Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation.
Saturday, March 16 at 8:30am to 1:30pm
Harford Community College, Edgewood Hall, Room 132 401 Thomas Run Road, Bel Air