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Food and Agriculture Forums from LWVs Andover/No. Andover and Newton

Posted Feb 14, 2014

From Farm to Plate: How We Sustain Local Farms

Saturday, March 1, 2014; 2-4 pm
Andover Memorial Hall Library, 2 N. Main St., Andover, MA
Presented by the League of Women Voters of Andover/North Andover
Flyer: Click here.

  • We know that eating local food sustains our local farms, but what more should we be doing?
  • What are the issues facing the farmers in Essex County? And how can consumers ensure that local food remains a viable option?

A trio of local farmers will talk about how food and farming affect us all, from animal welfare to energy efficiency to farmland preservation to immigration reform.

Lisa Colby—Colby Farm, Newburyport
Glenn Cook – Cider Hill Farm, Amesbury
Rich Bonanno, Pleasant Valley Gardens, Methuen

The Politics of Food; You Are What You Eat

Wednesday, March 12, 2014; 7:30 – 9:00 pm
John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club of Newton, 675 Watertown Street, Newton, MA

The League of Women Voters Newton invites you to attend a panel presentation on agriculture to help us prepare to answer the questions posed by the national League’s Agriculture Study.


Steve Goodwin, Dean of the College of Natural Resources at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Dean Goodwin joined the faculty in the Department of Microbiology in 1986 and focused his research on environmental microbiology and the use of microbes to produce biodegradable polymers. Dr. Goodwin received a BS in Zoology from the University of Maine, an MS in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia, and a PhD in Bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin. From 2001, Dr. Goodwin served as Dean and as Associate Dean for the former College of Natural Resources and the Environment prior to becoming CNS dean in 2009. He is active on the boards of many regional organizations, including Community Involved in Supporting Agriculture (CISA), the Northeastern Regional Association of State Agricultural Experiment Station Directors, and the Pioneer Valley Life Sciences Institute (PVLSI).

Greg Maslowe,   Farm Manager, Newton Community Farm
Greg has worked as an organic gardener for many years. He is accredited by the Northeast Organic Farmers Association (NOFA) as an organic land-care professional. He is also a doctoral student in Boston University’s Science, Philosophy, and Religion program. He studies environmental ethics, with an emphasis on agriculture. His dissertation examines the ethics of using genetically modified organisms in agriculture. Newton Community Farm is a model of sustainable farming and energy use.