On the heels of IdeaFestival 2012, local and national ethical farming leaders – as well as global environmental experts – are scheduled to present at the Healthy Foods, Local Farms Conference 2012, scheduled for Sat., Oct. 13 at Kentucky Country Day School.
“No Water; No Food” is the conference theme, coinciding with the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act. Which is especially topical considering drought conditions that pushed into Kentucky and surrounding states this summer.
From the conference website:
The 13th annual Healthy Foods, Local Farms Conference is for people and organizations who care about where their food comes from….and that their daily repast is ethically and sustainably raised / grown and harvested.
Anti-pollution activist/farmer Lynn Henning is scheduled to be the headline speaker. Henning “exposed the egregious polluting practices of livestock factory farms in rural Michigan,” gaining the attention of the federal EPA and prompting state regulators to issue hundreds of citations for water quality violations, according to a news release.
For her efforts, she won the 2010 Goldman Environmental Prize.
Other speakers are:
- Dennis Dimick serves as executive environment editor at National Geographic magazine in Washington, D.C., where he leads coverage of energy, climate, and sustainability issues. He guided creation of a single-topic issue on global freshwater in April 2010, and edited a year-long 2011 series called “7 Billion,” on global population, its impact and prospects.
Wendell Berry recently gave the 2012 Jefferson Lecture at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC entitled, “It All Turns on Affection” which, drew on his life-long love of the Kentucky landscape.
Dr. Matthew Sleeth is a Christian Environmentalist with books to his credit including Serve God, Save the Planet and The Gospel According to the Earth: Why the Good Book is a Green Book.
Mr. Mountain, a glacialogist for 20 years and global warming expert, believes transportation, climate, the environment, economics and demographics can be studied from a geographic standpoint.
Nancy Stoner was appointed to the position of Deputy Assitant Administrator for the office of Water, US Environmental protection agency on January 29, 2010. Previously, Stoner was a senior attorney and the Director of NRDC’s Clean Water Project. She is a national expert in the Federal Clean Water Act, on water pollution policy, and on environmental enforcement.
The one-day conference is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at KCD, 4100 Springdale Rd. in eastern Jefferson County.
The price is $40 per person, and you can get your tickets here.
A Harvest Party is schedule for 6 p.m. the day before, Fri. Oct. 12,, at Bashford Manor Bed and Breakfast, 2227 Bashford Manor Lane.
Scholarships are available for the conference. Contact Aloma Dew at 270-316-0334 or by email at [email protected] to enquire about scholarships.