• April 11, 2019

Science Cafe: The Local Food Movement

Science Cafe: The Local Food Movement
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences | Raleigh | | Registrations have closed

Event Overview

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Is there a generally agreed upon definition of local food? What are the implications of describing local food purchasing as a “movement”? What is the potential for the local food movement to achieve social, environmental, and economic goals? In this Science Café we will provide a brief introduction to the concept of a food system, share common definition(s) of “local food,” and introduce some research that examines the assumptions about the benefits of purchasing local food. We look forward to discussing with the audience the history of the local food movement, how local food intersects with larger issues such as food insecurity and climate change, and where the movement may be heading in the future.

About our speakers
Joanna Massey Lelekacs, COI, RLA, LEED AP ND
Joanna recently joined the North Carolina Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill, NC as the Director of Education. Prior to that, she worked for nearly eight years with NC Cooperative Extension and the Center for Environmental Farming Systems at NC State University collaborating across disciplines to build capacity and mobilize resources to support Extension and stakeholder efforts that improve local food systems statewide. Joanna has master’s degrees in both environmental science and landscape architecture. She brings a systems perspective and design thinking to her work, as well as experiential understanding of local food based on her involvement with her small family produce farm.

Dara Bloom, PhD
Dara was inspired by her time doing community gardening on the US/Mexican border to learn about the structure and policies of the larger agri-food system, as well as how community-based projects can enhance local food security. Dara earned her Master’s and PhD in Rural Sociology at Penn State University, with a focus on the Sociology of Agriculture and Food Systems. Her previous research has revolved around the challenges and opportunities of “scaling up” local food systems, including the interactions between social, environmental, and economic values as alternative movements are incorporated into conventional systems. Her current work includes providing training to Cooperative Extension agents about developing community-based local food projects that integrate low-resource consumers.

About North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Welcome to an extraordinary resource! North Carolina’s most visited museum with one of the State’s most iconic landmarks—the SECU Daily Planet. The NC Museum of Natural Sciences is the largest institution of its kind in the South East and one of the nation’s most amazing museums about the natural world. This Museum asks four basic questions about the natural sciences—what do we know?, how do we know?, what’s happening now?, how can you participate?—with an integrated suite of onsite, offsite, online and outdoor experiences.

Ticket Information

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When & Where

  • From:May 9, 2019,07:00 PM
  • To:May 9, 2019,08:00 PM
  • Location: North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

    121 West Jones Street, 27603, Raleigh.

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