A reminder that Lehigh University’s South Side Initiative welcomes Maria Rodale, who will present on “Organic Food: A Manifesto for the World and the Southside.”  This event will take place on Monday, March 29th, from 11:30-1:30, and will be held in Room 200, Linderman Library, on the Lehigh University campus. The lecture is open to the public and lunch will be provided.

Maria Rodale’s book, Organic Manifesto: How Organic Farming Can Heal Our Planet, Feed the World, and Keep Us Safe (2010) will be available for a reduced price of $12 at the Lehigh University bookstore until Monday.

Head here to learn more about Maria’s book, and here to learn more about Monday’s lecture.

Please join us for this presentation and discussion of how to apply Organic Manifesto to our local food systems!

And here’s some further (local) food for thought:

The farm-to-table food movement is another exciting development in the growing effort to support local food economies, one that is directly related to other ideas discussed on our blog and at recent events, including new possibilities for farmers markets, the benefits of community gardens, and health and nutritional concerns, just to name a few. Further, it is a philosophy that some government officials would like to expand to large-scale food economies. In early March, FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg went so far as to suggest that the entire country needs to adopt a “farm-to-table approach” in order to ensure the safety of our food before it reaches our tables, rather than relying on after-the-fact recalls. Members and friends of the Southside Community Gardens project, as well as like-mind people interested in strengthening the resources for buying local and supporting area farmers in the Lehigh Valley, should take a few minutes and search out some of the many resources available on the web in order to learn more about the farm-to-table discussion. A simple google search of “farm to table” quickly yields links for co-ops, collectives, non-profits, and other groups committed to this movement across the country, from Pittsburgh to New Mexico to Montana to Austin, Tex. In fact, just this weekend (March 26-27, 2010) an annual event is taking place in Pittsburgh, put on by Farm to Table Pittsburgh (FarmToTablePA.com), a collective source for supporting the local food economy in the Western Pennsylvania region. Here is an article from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review about the 2010 event, which could be a model for future activities sponsored by the growing local food community in the Lehigh Valley.

Farm to Table Event in Pittsburgh

On Monday, March 29th, Maria Rodale will lead a forum on “Organic Food:  A Manifesto for the World – and the Southside.”

The talk will include a presentation by Maria and discussion about how organic farming and food can be more fully achieved on the Southside specifically, and in Bethlehem and the Lehigh Valley in general. The forum will be held in Room 200, Linderman Library, on Lehigh University’s lower campus.  It will run from 11:30 to 1:30, with lunch provided.

Maria will be speaking from her brand new book, Organic Manifesto: How Organic Farming Can Heal Our Planet, Feed the World, and Keep Us Safe (Rodale Books, 2010).

By the end of this week, Organic Manifesto will be on sale at Lehigh’s bookstore for $12, half the current sales price. The South Side Initiative (SSI) is subsidizing the discounted sale of the book, as well as sponsoring Maria Rodale’s visit. The forum will be held in conjunction with SSI’s Southside Community Gardens project.

For more information, contact John Pettegrew at jcp5@lehigh.edu, 610-758-3355.

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