March 7, 2013
Panel Features Local Food Growers, Buyers March 28
Charlottesville, VA - A panel of local farmers and wholesale food buyers will discuss aspects of growing local food 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28, in the V. Earl Dickinson Building at Piedmont Virginia Community College.
The program, entitled "Cultivating Community: A Dialogue of Farms, Health and Food," is presented by the Ballyshannon Fund Forum, an occasional series of lectures at PVCC. The public is invited at no charge.
Panelists will address reasons for the renewed interest in farming, the ecological impact of farming, the business side, nutrition and strengthening local food networks. Deep-rooted traditions of country and family and new innovations that are transforming the industry will be explored.
The moderator is Christine Muehlman Gyovai, an associate at the Institute for Environmental Negotiation at the University of Virginia and an instructor with the Blue Ridge Permaculture Network. (Permaculture is a branch of ecological and environmental design which develops sustainable architecture and self-maintained horticultural systems modeled from natural ecosystems.) She has certificates in mediation and permaculture design, and has more than 12 years of experience in facilitation and training with a focus on increasing community and environmental sustainability.
She has a bachelor's degree in environmental studies from Burlington College and a master's degree in urban and environmental planning from U.Va.
She lives with her husband and two small children in a straw bale home she designed and built near the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Further information is available by calling 434.961.5203.