The Educated Eater: Farmland Conservation
Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall (55 West 13th St., 2nd Fl., Manhattan)
$5, reserve by calling 212.229.5488 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Greenmarket, a program of GrowNYC, operates more than 50 farmers markets in New York City. It was launched in 1976 with a twofold mission: to give New Yorkers access to locally grown food while keeping regional farmland in production and protected from development. Thirty-five years later, 230 family farms, constituting more than 30,000 acres of farmland, sell their products at greenmarkets. The pressure to develop farmland is particularly high in our region, and devising strategies to keep farmland in production is of paramount importance. The challenges of protecting farms from development are discussed by speakers including David Haight, New York director of American Farmland Trust; moderator John Clinton, chair of the Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management program at The New School; and others to be announced. Sponsored by Greenmarket and the New School Food Studies program.