BOONE—Students, faculty, staff and members of the community are invited to discuss ways to build a more resilient and just local food system at the 2016 Food Summit at Appalachian State University on Saturday, April 2. The theme of this year’s summit is “Seeding Community Resilience.” Discussion topics include community gardening, seed-saving, improving food access and more.
“The event offers a special opportunity to strengthen ties between the university and the wider community by highlighting our common interests in local food and exploring ways to build a more resilient and just local food system,” says Jacqui Ignatova, coordinator of the Food Summit and lecturer in the Goodnight Family Department of Sustainable Development. “The event will showcase the knowledge and expertise of community members in our local food movement and encourage the exchange of ideas to help us to address some of our common challenges and opportunities.”
The summit, presented by the Department of Sustainable Development housed in the College of Fine and Applied Arts and Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture, will run from 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. in the great hall of the Living Learning Center on campus. Reid’s Catering will provide a local lunch. Tickets to the event are $20 for general admission and $15 for students.
To learn more about the Food Summit, or to register, visit http://foodsummit.brwia.org. Registration closes March 26 at noon.
About Appalachian State University
Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.