FACETS forum: Sustainable Ag and Local Food Systems – March 11

Wednesday, March 11th will be the fifth Forum on Agriculture, Climate, & Energy Technology Sustainability – (FACETS) — workshops and seminars for innovation and action sponsored by Program on Agricultural Technology Studies (PATS), Land Information and Computer Graphics Facility, and the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. This forum will bring together experts in various fields to provide an opportunity for the generation and evaluation of ideas related to agricultural production, bioenergy, and land use, and how they interact with climate change mitigation and adaptation.

The next seminar will be Wednesday March 11th from 12:00 – 1:30, in Microbial Sciences 6201 and is entitled Sustainable Agriculture and Local Food Systems featuring Mike Hamm, Michigan State’s C.S. Mott Professor of Sustainable Agriculture (download an event poster here).

Mike Hamm heads the C.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems at Michigan State University. The group has been engaged in such activities as increasing farmers’ markets, increasing conventional growers’ movement to organic, and increasing access to fresh fruits and vegetables by limited-resource households. The group also is helping limited-resource farmers utilize asset building programs such as the earned income tax credit; is building partnerships with coalitions to promote community based food systems; and is identifying opportunities to link public health, economic development, community development, and community-based food systems.

Hamm helped develop and was subsequently appointed to the Michigan Food Policy Council, representing institutions of higher education. He has served on the Community Task force of the Michigan Surgeon General’s “Step’s Up Campaign” to help Michigan residents adopt a more healthy lifestyle, and he served on the Michigan Department of Community Health’s Cardiovascular Health Task Force to develop recommendations for a state plan to help prevent heart disease. Hamm also is credited for increasing the linkages at state and local levels between different sectors to improve the health and sustainability of communities.

FREE LUNCH to first 40 people who RSVP to Maggie Grabow by Monday, March 9th. Please contact Maggie Grabow with questions.