Can New England Feed Itself? How Close Can we Get to Sustainability? October 3rd at Trinity Church


Once upon a time, I thought local and sustainable were nice pastoral, quality of life concepts. Like growing tomatoes on the back porch. Until I learned that given how little food we grow regionally, we hardy New Englanders run out of food in a handful of days — three, four, possibly five — with a major disruption like a blizzard or a major transportation glitch. Just to be clear. we are not just talking fresh food. Frozen, canned. Takeout. You name it. That captured my attention. (I thank Tufts’ Friedman School professor Timothy Griffin for focusing my attention.) How close can we get to feeding ourselves? Can we add five days, a week? More? to our self-sufficiency? What are the trade-offs to get there? How can New England work as a region — Massachusetts is a huge food market, Maine has a lot of open space –to make sure we can feed ourselves and our families? Where do farmers fit it? How big an impact can Urban Ag make? What about seafood? What is our plan? How do we get from here to there?

Become part of the conversation.Come to Trinity Church in Copley Square on Thursday evening, October 3rd, and share you thoughts. Join with us, Massachusetts Commissioner of Agriculture, Gregory Watson and a smart, smart panel of experts at our free public Town Meeting on Can New England Feed Itself? How Close Can we get to Sustainability? Watch this space for details on speakers, sponsors and more. The conversation will begin on Thursday evening October 3rd, but we suspect it won’t stop for decades.

Louisa Kasdon

A Boston based-journalist with over 500 published articles and several books on food, business and health for national, regional, and international publications, Kasdon has been the food editor of the Boston Phoenix for 15 years, and formerly a senior editor at Natural Health and Boston Magazine. Kasdon is currently the CEO and Founder of Let’s Talk About Food, an partnership organization that has created over 50 food and health based public events in Boston that bring the public and experts together to deepen their understanding of the role of food in our world. Her producing partner is the Boston Globe, institutional partners include the Museum of Science, Harvard University, the New England Aquarium, Project Bread, Northeastern University, the Boston Public Library, and the Harvard/MIT Broad Center and the Cambridge Science Festival among others. A former banker and entrepreneur, Kasdon was the Executive Director of Great Woods Center for the Performing Arts in Norton, Massachusetts. In 1995, Kasdon founded The Boston Festival, a month long, state funded series of indoor and outdoor public events around Boston to create a winter tourism calendar. An owner of three restaurants, and she happily made the transition from preparing food to writing about it. She has been the launch editor for three magazines, and has covered health and food globally in locations as diverse as Rwanda, Zambia, and Senegal to Tucson, Arizona. She recently wrote The Restless Visionary, autobiography of Mel Zuckerman, founder of the Canyon Ranch. Kasdon has been active in organizing the food community response to the political environment for more than a decade, creating a 200-plus state-wide restaurant event, Sunday Supper, after 9/11, and coordinating the restaurant and food community’s support for Governor Deval Patrick’s first Inaugural. Kasdon is the winner of the M.F.K. Fisher Prize for Excellence in Culinary Writing. She is a member of the Nutrition Roundtable at the Harvard School of Public Health, the president of the Northeast Chapter of Les Dames D’Escoffier, and on the Board of Boston’s Le Cordon Bleu and the Cambridge Culinary Institute. She is a graduate of Wellesley College, has an SM from M.I.T., and holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Louisa Kasdon

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