We Are How We Eat: Lessons from Cuba on Building Community Through Food

Thu, Apr 14 at 7:00 PM, New Bedford, MA, US

What can we learn about food, people, and relationships from cultures such as Cuba’s? Join us for a conversation about best practices in sustainable, local agriculture and how that relates to building vital and active communities.

This event will weave storytelling with presentations from a panel of speakers who are engaged in the future of community and farming both abroad and in our own backyard. The panel will conclude with a moderated discussion and questions from the audience.

About the Speakers:

Greg Watson is director for policy and systems design at the Schumacher Center for a new Economics in Great Barrington, and a former commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture. He visited Cuba in 2014 to explore its advances in organic, urban farming and sustainable agriculture.

Zoe Hansen-DiBello is the Program Director for Grow Education, a program of the Marion Institute working to establish school-based community gardens with New Bedford Public Schools.  Zoe is a Phd student at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth studying Educational Leadership and Policy.  Her interests are in community place-making, food security, social justice and the development of meaningful multicultural relationships.

Adam Davenport  is the Garden Manager for the Grow Education Program and co-founder of Terra Cura, a regenerative design and education organization.  His background is in sustainability, civil engineering, holistic health, and teaching.  His work focuses on the connection between health, land and social systems using food and agriculture as a medium.

Tracy Barbosa is a New Bedford-based artist working primarily in glass sculpture and mixed-media painting. She recently completed a mural in the Sgt. William H Carney Academy Public School Greenhouse in cooperation with GROW Education and the Marion Institute.

Presented by:

The Marion Institute supports non-profits locally and around the world, helping people with big ideas get the support they need to expand their work and their impact.

The Connector Series is all about sharing important ideas to foster positive discourse and energize individuals for action in their communities.

Global Sustainability. Community Strength. Individual Potential. We turn ideas into progress.

Thursday, April 14, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

First Unitarian Church – 71 8th Street New Bedford, MA 02740

Robyn Branco, www.eventbrite.com

February 29, 2016

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