Food, Farmers and Community: Opening the Dialogue 3/16/2019

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Food, Farmers and Community: Opening the Dialogue

When:

3/16/19 @ 8:30 am - 1:30 pm

Price:

$10

Point of Contact:

Sharon Stowers, PhD

Where:

Harford Community College Edgewood Hall, Rm 132 , 401 Thomas Run Road, Bel Air, MD

Event Information:

"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. 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?" Breakfast and lunch will be served at the symposium, and each will feature local agricultural products.  The symposium is geared to both the public and farmers to learn about and discuss issues facing food producers and consumers today. 
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.

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