Philip Ackerman-Leist, author of Rebuilding the Foodshed and Up Tunket Road, is a professor at Green Mountain College, where he established the college's farm and sustainable agriculture curriculum and is director of the Green Mountain College Farm & Food Project. He also founded and directs the college's Masters in Sustainable Food Systems (MSFS), the nation's first online graduate program in food systems, featuring applied comparative research of students' home bioregions. He and his wife, Erin, farmed in the South Tirol region of the Alps and North Carolina before beginning their sixteen-year homesteading and farming venture in Pawlet, Vermont. With more than two decades of "field experience" working on farms, in the classroom, and with regional food systems collaborators, Philip's work is focused on examining and reshaping local and regional food systems from the ground up.
Philip will speak on a plenary panel at the 2014 United States Agriculture Information Network (USAIN) Conference, to be held at the University of Vermont May 4-7. Philip's panel will take place on May 6th. This year's theme is "Sustainable Agriculture: Stewardship of our Information Ecosystem."
More and more Americans acutely sense that the old way of doing things — investing their savings in Wall Street companies who care little about the well-being of our families and communities, depending on polluting, increasingly costly, and non-renewable sources of energy, and eating food grown far away that makes us sick — is no longer working. Instead, we want to invest in own homes and our own neighborhoods. We want to be build more local self-reliance in the face of uncertainty. We want to be have a say in the future of our communities. But how?
In partnership with Post Carbon Institute, Chelsea Green presents the Community Resilience Guides — a series of books exploring the newest and most promising examples of relocalization for uncertain times.
How to Create Local, Sustainable, and Secure Food Systems
Rebuilding the Foodshed focuses the local-food lens on the broad issue of rebuilding regional food systems that can replace the destructive aspects of industrial agriculture, meet food demands affordably and sustainably, and be resilient enough to endure potentially rough times ahead. Includes effective and replicable models for growing, processing, and distributing local food.