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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Food Systems Symposium

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Silver Maple Ballroom, Davis Center, UVM Campus
Description: This is going to be the UVM Food Systems Spire's 3rd Annual Food Systems Symposium! Our goal is to highlight the importance of partnerships between the academic disciplines and communities' experiential knowledge to increase the breadth of innovative research opportunities and funding successes that can address complex community needs.

Details of the Day:

To do this, we've arranged to highlight three examples of transdisciplinary partnerships happening across the UVM campus, across campuses and the world, and beyond the boundaries of UVM to community partners.

In the morning, we will start with an international speaker who is traveling all the way from South Africa. Dr. Wouter van Hoven, Professor of Wildlife Management, U Pretoria, South Africa, will share his experience in putting together a transdisciplinary team to address a complex and unique food system problem in African communities. More information on Dr. van Hoven here: www.uvm.edu/~presdent/marsh/?Page=vanhovenbio.html

This will be followed by a discussion of a regional transdisciplinary research project that spans several institutions on the east coast and still reaches into the community of Brighton in Northeastern Vermont. The third talk will be focused on a new transdisciplinary effort on campus that addresses a problem for the Artisan cheese producers in Vermont. The final presentation is one that helps us think broadly about food, from Africa to Vermont. It will challenge us to think more broadly and transdisciplinary about feeding our communities and the world.

This morning session will be followed in the afternoon with an "Opportunities Panel." This panel will bring together representatives from organizations looking to do collaborative, transdisciplinary food systems research with other universities and with Vermont community organizations. The panelists will discuss currently available opportunities for collaboration.

Panelists still to be confirmed.

If you are curious about all the other food work going on at UVM, the concluding presentation by faculty affiliated with the freshly minted Food Systems Master's Program will give you some insight.

Contact Haylley at 802-656-9897 or haylley.johnson[at]uvm.edu if you'd like the agenda or more information.

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Winter Break

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Winter Break

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Friday, December 28, 2012

Winter Break

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Lecture: Wouter van Hoven - Wildlife and food security in Africa

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Location: Sugar Maple Ballroom, Davis
Description: UVM James Marsh Professor-at-Large Lecture. Reception immediately following. Free and Open to the Public. Additional details: www.uvm.edu/~presdent/marsh/vanHOVEN%20Marsh%20poster_2013.pdf

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Lecture: Alexander Wezel - Agroecology

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Mildred Livak Room, Davis Center
Description: "Agroecology: world-wide interpretations and applications in France" Free and open to the public. Refreshments available.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Lecture: Pam Matson - A new era in global change science

Time: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Jost Foundation Room, Davis
Description: Linking knowledge and action for sustainability.Dr. Matson’s research addresses a range of environment and sustainability issues, including sustainability of agricultural systems; vulnerability of particular people and places to climate change; the consequences of tropical deforestation on atmosphere, climate and water systems; and solutions to global change in the nitrogen and carbon cycles.Reception immediately following. Sponsored by the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics. www.uvm.edu/president/burack/MATSON-BurackPoster-1.pdf

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Friday, February 1, 2013

Gund Tea: Abdon Schmitt - The Southern Brazil Agroecology Case

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Gund Institute, 617 Main St, UVM
Description: The Southern Brazil Agroecology Case: From Family Farm Livelihood to the Provision of Ecosystem Services.

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Lecture: Katja Poveda - Biodiversity in tropical agroecosystems

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: Jeffords 112
Description: Plant and Soil Science Weekly Seminar
Speaker: Katja Poveda, Assistant Professor, Department of Entomology, Cornell University
Title: Biodiversity in tropical agroecosystems: implications for natural pest control and productivity

Abstract: Simplification of agricultural landscapes is a major cause for the loss and fragmentation of habitats and thus a major factor contributing to the global loss in species diversity. Studies in temperate regions suggest that reduced biodiversity negatively affects ecosystem services such as pest control and production in agriculture, but evidence has been scarce. In the Colombian Andes we studied the effect of tropical biodiversity at a landscape and local scale on pest control and crop productivity.

Refreshments served, 12:30 in Jeffords 107.

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Friday, February 8, 2013

Lecture: Jeffrey Hamelman - Bread: Nutrition, Famine, Disease

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: Jeffords 112
Description: Plant and Soil Science Weekly Seminar
Free and open to the public, all are welcome
If you would like to meet with the speaker before or after the talk, please contact Lily Calderwood, lcalderw@uvm.edu

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Saturday, February 16, 2013

NOFA-VT Winter Conference

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Location: UVM Campus
Description: Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont Annual Winter Conference hosted on the UVM campus.
Registration and schedule: nofavt.org/annual-events/winter-conference/

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TEDxManhattan Viewing Party

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 5:40 p.m.
Location: Lafayette 207, UVM Campus
Description: A full day of talks exploring the state of our food system and our progress toward sustainability. This official UVM Viewing Party will be streaming the event live from New York City.

Facebook event: www.facebook.com/events/594885790538569/
Event poster: www.uvm.edu/foodsystems/documents/TEDxManhattanPoster.pdf
Schedule of talks: tedxmanhattan.org/

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Sunday, February 17, 2013

NOFA-VT Winter Conference

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Location: UVM Campus
Description: Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont Annual Winter Conference hosted on the UVM campus.
Registration and schedule: nofavt.org/annual-events/winter-conference/

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Webinar: Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Tax

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Online
Description: Can one penny per ounce put a dent in the obesity epidemic?

• Sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) consumption has more than doubled over the last 30 years, with the average American now drinking 45 gallons annually.
• SSBs account for at least one-fifth of the weight gained between 1977 and 2007 in the U.S. population.
• A UVM survey of SSB purchasers shows they'll likely purchase less and could lose weight if an SSB tax were implemented in Vermont.

More info: www.uvm.edu/foodsystems/?Page=ssbwebinar.html

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Panel: Rice farming in Vermont - Challenges and Opportunities

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Silver Maple Ballroom, Davis 401
Description: Rice farmer panel:
Ben Falk, Whole Systems Design Research Farm (Moretown, VT)
Erik Andrus, Boundbrook Farm (Vergennes, VT)
Sjon and Elysha WElter, Center for Natural Living (Cabot, VT)
Josh Brill, Breezy MEadows ORchard and Nursery (Tinmouth, VT)

Contact Laura Hill Bermingham (lhill@uvm.edu; 802-656-1134) for more information
www.uvm.edu/seagrant/news/rice-farming-vermont-opportunities-and-challenges

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Friday, March 1, 2013

Seminar: Vern Grubinger - Innovations on Vermont Vegetable Farms

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: Jeffords 112
Description: Extension Professor Vern Grubinger is the Vegetable and Berry Specialist at the University of Vermont. He also serves as coordinator of USDA’s Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program (SARE), which annually awards nearly $4 million in grants to researchers, educators and farmers across the 12 Northeast states. Vern also provides leadership to the eXtension Farm Energy community of practice. He received his MS and PhD at Cornell University in Agronomy and Vegetable Crops, respectively.

More Plant and Soil Science Weekly Seminars: www.uvm.edu/~pss/?Page=seminar13.html

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

VT Grain Growers Conference

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: The Essex Resort, Essex, VT
Description: 9th Annual Vermont Grain Growers Conference: "Returning to Our Roots"

Come to the annual grain conference and learn about growing and processing a variety of grains. This year our keynote addresses will highlight the challenges and successes of bringing small grains production back to regions like the Northeast. Guest speakers Klaas and Peter Martens from Lakeview Organic grain will discuss building soil health with cover crops and soil amendments. Local farmers will teach about growing grains and building rations for livestock feed, small scale grain production and processing, and much, much, more. Bakers from the region will provide instruction on making crackers and waffles from local grains.

CONTACT: Register at www.uvm.edu/extension/agriculture/?Page=grainconference.html or for more information or questions call 1-802-524-6501 or email Heather Darby, heather.darby@uvm.edu or Erica Cummings, erica.cummings@uvm.edu.

COST: $40 NGGA members, $45 non-members. Includes lunch.

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Friday, March 15, 2013

Seminar: Nancy Hayden - Composting for the 21st Century

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: Jeffords 112
Description: Nancy Hayden is Associate Professor in the School of Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, at UVM.

More Plant and Soil Science Weekly Seminars: www.uvm.edu/~pss/?Page=seminar13.html

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Friday, March 22, 2013

Seminar: Grace Matiru - Agricultural Issues in Africa

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: Jeffords 112
Description: Grace Matiru is a graduate student in the Plant and Soil Science department at UVM.

More Plant and Soil Science Weekly Seminars: www.uvm.edu/~pss/?Page=seminar13.html

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Lecture: Janet Poppendieck - Universal Free School Meals

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: Livak Ballroom, Davis Center
Description: Janet Poppendieck is the author of Free for All: Fixing School Food in America. She will discuss the bold steps Vermont communities can take to transform school food, our children’s health, our educational institutions, and our local farm economies.

Co-sponsored by UVM Women’s and Gender Studies Program, UVM Food Systems Initiative, UVM Food Systems Master’s Program, Hunger Free Vermont, VT FEED, and Shelburne Farms.

www.uvm.edu/foodsystems/?Page=poppendieck.html

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Friday, March 29, 2013

Seminar: Patrick Drohan

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: Jeffords 112
Description: Patrick Drohan is Assistant Professor of Pedology at Penn State: ecosystems.psu.edu/directory/pjd7

More Plant and Soil Science Weekly Seminars: www.uvm.edu/~pss/?Page=seminar13.html

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Friday, April 5, 2013

Seminar: Abdon Schmidt-A Pasture & Agroecology Program in Brazil

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: Jeffords 112
Description: More Plant and Soil Science Weekly Seminars: www.uvm.edu/~pss/?Page=seminar13.html

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Panel: UVM and the Future of Vermont's Agriculture

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Billings Library, North Lounge
Description: UVM's Center for Research on Vermont presents their Spring Series: "The University In Vermont"
UVM and the Future of Vermont's Agriculture:
Agricultural leaders will present their visions of Vermont's farming future, including challenges, potential collaborations, and areas for new research and entrepreneurship.

Doug Lantagne, Dean, UVM Extension
Chuck Ross, Secretary, VT Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets
Enid Wonnacott, Director, Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermotnt (NOFA)
Tom Vogelmann, Dean, UVM College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Roger Allbee, Former Secretary, VT Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
Vern Grubinger, Professor and Small Fruit and Vegetable Specialist, UVM Extension

www.uvm.edu/~crvt/

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Friday, April 12, 2013

Seminar: Fred Magdoff - The Significance of Soil Health

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: Jeffords 112
Description: Fred Magdoff is Professor Emeritus of Plant and Soil Science at the University of Vermont.

More Plant and Soil Science Weekly Seminars: www.uvm.edu/~pss/?Page=seminar13.html

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Seminar: Frank drummond - Pollination Ecology

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: Jeffords 112
Description: Frank Drummond is Professor of Insect Ecology, University of Maine. More Plant and Soil Science Weekly Seminars: www.uvm.edu/~pss/?Page=seminar13.html

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Monday, April 22, 2013

Battle of the Campus Chefs

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Grand Maple Ballroom (Davis)
Description: Witness UVM’s most talented chef’s and most dedicated clubs prepare their most delicious and local meals! Sample and vote on all of the meals. Everyone who votes will be entered into a raffle with some AWESOME prizes from local vendors!

campuskitchensuvm.wordpress.com/food-summit-2013/

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Panel: The Emergence of Vermont's Artisan Cheese Industry

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Billings Library, North Lounge
Description: UVM's Center for Research on Vermont presents their Spring Series: "The University In Vermont"
The Emergence of Vermont's Artisan Cheese Industry: A Case Study in Collaboration
Panelists will discuss the rewards of engaged, collaborative research on Vermont artisan cheese, both for scholars and cheesemakers alike.

Amy Trubek, Director, UVM Food Systems Masters Program
Paul Kindstedt, UVM Nutrition and Food Science
John Barlow, UVM Animal Science
DJ D'Amico, Vermont Institute for Artisan Cheese

www.uvm.edu/~crvt/

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Film Screening: Food Beware

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Aiken 102
Description: Food Beware begins with a visit to a small village in France, where the town’s mayor has decided to make the school lunch menu organic and locally grown. It then talks to a wide variety of people with differing perspectives to find common ground – children, parents, teachers, health care workers, farmers, elected officials, scientists, researchers, and the victims of illnesses themselves. Revealed in these moving and often surprising conversations are the abuses of the food industry, the competing interests of agribusiness and public health, the challenges and rewards of safe food production, and the practical, sustainable solutions that
we can all take part in. Food Beware is food for thought – and a blueprint for a growing revolution.

More info: uvmbored.com/event/food-beware-the-french-organic-revolution-film-and-discussion/

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Gund Tea: Josh Farley-Economics, Agriculture & Ecosystem Service

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Gund Institute, 617 Main
Description: Though humanity currently produces enough food to sustain nine billion people, nearly one billion people are currently malnourished, and the FAO warns that failure to increase agricultural output by 70% by 2050 in response to increasing demand could lead to catastrophic impacts on human welfare. At the same time, numerous studies warn that simply maintaining current levels of conventional agricultural production threatens catastrophic degradation of global ecosystems. To solve this dilemma, we must develop economic institutions that provide incentives for ecologically sustainable agriculture, and that prioritize physiological need over purchasing power.

More info on the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics: www.uvm.edu/giee/

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Seminar: Mark Starrett - Plant Propagation Workshop

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: Jeffords 112
Description: Mark Starrett is Associate Professor of Plant and Soil Science at UVM.

More Plant and Soil Science Weekly Seminars: www.uvm.edu/~pss/?Page=seminar13.html

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Monday, June 10, 2013

Food Systems Breakthrough Leaders Program - Online learning

Day Event Description: The Necessary (r)Evolution for Sustainable Food Systems.
June 10-22: Online learning
June 23-28: Campus-Based Learning

A three week-long combined online and on-campus program that promises to expand participants' capacity to recognize and create positive, forward-looking solutions for our broken food system. The program’s online component will start June 10, 2013, immediately followed by a residential learning experience on the campus of the University of Vermont from June 23-28, 2013. Upon successful completion of this program participants will be issued a Certificate of Completion in Sustainable Food Systems. Details: learn.uvm.edu/sustainability/food-summit/breakthrough-leaders-program/

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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Food Systems Breakthrough Leaders Program- Campus-Based Learning

Day Event Description: The Necessary (r)Evolution for Sustainable Food Systems.
June 10-22: Online learning
June 23-28: Campus-Based Learning

A three week-long combined online and on-campus program that promises to expand participants' capacity to recognize and create positive, forward-looking solutions for our broken food system. The program’s online component will start June 10, 2013, immediately followed by a residential learning experience on the campus of the University of Vermont from June 23-28, 2013. Upon successful completion of this program participants will be issued a Certificate of Completion in Sustainable Food Systems. Details: learn.uvm.edu/sustainability/food-summit/breakthrough-leaders-program/

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Food Systems Summit - Public Conference

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: The Royall Tyler Theater, UVM
Description: The Necessary (r)Evolution for Sustainable Food Systems. Influential thinkers and positive change makers will exchange their best ideas to inspire, focus, and strengthen individual and collective action for a sustainable food system. Reception following the event from 5:00pm-6:00pm with light snacks/appetizers. Details: learn.uvm.edu/sustainability/food-summit/food-systems-conference/

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Sunday, August 4, 2013

Vermont Fresh Network 17th Annual Forum

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: Shelburne Farm's Coach Barn
Description: This event brings together Vermont's top chefs, farmers, brewers, vintners, distillers, cheesemakers, beekeepers, and food artisans in a celebration of Vermont's local food landscape. Basque in the beauty of the Shelburne Farm's Coach Barn, on the shore of Lake Champlain, as you enjoy the best of Vermont food, drink, and company. Tickets will go on sale in June.

Details: www.vermontfresh.net/news-and-events/annual-forum/

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Heirloom Tomato Tasting

Time: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Bailey/Howe Library
Description: Join the UVM Libraries and Farmer Training Program in a celebration of the summer harvest, as we prepare for the semester ahead. Tomatoes and refreshments are complimentary. Tomato tasters can also enjoy live music and enter a raffle to win books on food heritage from Vermont publisher Chelsea Green.

The event is in conjunction with the Libraries’ summer food and farm exhibits. Growing Fields is on display in the Bailey/Howe Library lobby. Super Foods of Summer in Vermont is on display in the Dana Medical Library.

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Monday, September 9, 2013

UVM Farmers Market

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Davis Center
Description: Hosted by UVM's Eco Reps. More info: www.uvm.edu/ecoreps/projects-and-activities/current-projects/davis-center-farmers-market

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Lecture: Alison Alkon

Time: 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Livak Ballroom, Davis Center
Description: Farmers Markets, Food Justice and the Green Economy

Alison Alkon is a sociologist interested in food, environmental issues and inequalities of race, class and gender. She is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of the Pacific. She has published numerous articles on food, race and environmental justice. She has also published two books: Cultivating Food Justice and her newest, Black, White and Green: Farmers Markets, Race and the Green Economy, which examines the environmental and racial politics of farmers markets.

This lecture is part of the Food Systems Graduate Program Speaker Series

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