Upcoming Food Systems Speakers at UVM

Mark your calendar for these upcoming events at UVM!

Author Barry Estabrook with pigs at Glynwood Institute, NY

February 16: Barry Estabrook

1:00–2:30 PM
Silver Maple Ballroom, Davis Center, UVM

Of Hogs and Humans: Searching for a Sustainable Porkchop

Barry Estabrook, James Beard Award-winning journalist, author, and former contributing editor at Gourmet Magazine, will speak about modern hog production and his experience of being an investigative journalist on food systems issues.

His 2011 book, Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit, was aNew York Times bestseller, won the Farmworker Justice Award, and inspired the 2014 documentary Food Chains.

His most recent book, Pig Tales: An Omnivore’s Quest for Sustainable Meat, explores industrial and alternative hog production. Alice Waters called it “beautiful and clear-eyed examination of the world of pigs and pig farming.”

Estabrook’s work has appeared in the New York TimesWashington Post, TheAtlantic.com, MarkBittman.com, SaveurMen’s Health, and Reader’s Digest. He blogs at PoliticsOfThePlate.com. He lives on a 30-acre tract in Vermont where he gardens, tends a dozen laying hens, taps maple trees, and brews hard cider.

Gail MyersMarch 3: Gail Myers

4:15–5:30 PM
Livak Ballroom, Davis Center, UVM

Black Farmers in the ‘Age of Colorblindness:’  The Persistence of Racism in Food Systems

Gail Myers is a cultural anthropologist who specializes in the anthropology of African American farming. Through her research, teaching, and writing, she documents stories of African American farmers, sharecroppers, and gardeners.

As founder of Farms to Grow, Inc. and the Freedom Farmers Market in West Oakland, CA, she has worked with black farmers, business owners, community vendors, and local, state, and federal organizations to bring produce from black farmers to low income communities. Her documentary Rhythms of the Land documents the traditional knowledge, practices, and adaptations of African American farmers.

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