SMSBF’s first Member-Guest event of 2016 was a success! The Next Iteration of Agriculture and Food Systems featured two incredible speakers, Ron Doetch and Dan Carmody, and provided a thought-provoking look at the current state of urban agriculture.
The event took place on Wednesday, March 23 at Shed 5 in Eastern Market. Here’s a snapshot of what happened:
Dan Carmody speaks to the audience about Eastern Market’s 2025 Strategy. Maintaining the market’s “authenticity” is a key pillar of the strategy, as is ensuring affordable housing for the more than 1,200 workers who live within walking distance of the market. Eastern Market is known across the country as a unique and vibrant market, a hallmark of economic democracy.
Ron Doetch talks about the issues confronting agriculture in this age and what can be done to help farmers embrace techniques that regenerate soil quality and begin the long journey toward sustainable agriculture. Industrial scale agriculture has a number of problems, many of which are policy related. As citizens, we need to engage ourselves; we need to understand these issues and make our voices heard.
SMSBF Vice President and Events Chair, Mr. Tim Westerdale, introduces Dan and Ron and brings context to their presentations.
Current SMSBF President, Mike Shesterkin, provides an overview of what SMSBF is doing to expand membership and uphold the organization’s mission of providing a market place for ideas, on the most important subject of our age: sustainability.