Event Asks: Does Food Production and a Clean Bay Go Together?

The Sassafras River Association, Chester River Association, and the Center for Environment and Society are hosting an Eastern Shore event on whether food production and a clean Chesapeake Bay can coexist. The event is being held on November 17 at 6:30 PM at Washington College. Admission is open to the public and free. From the event’s media advisory:

The conversation about how to balance food production and clean water in the Chesapeake Bay continues this fall at Washington College. A discussion between farmers, environmentalists, and the public will address a role that each and every one of us plays in this delicate balance: the consumer. The event is free and open to the public, followed by a reception with desserts, ice cream donated by Kilby Cream, and a cash bar.

Join us at 6:30 pm on Thursday, Nov. 17 for a panel discussion driven by questions from the audience. This is a unique opportunity for the public to engage with Delmarva farmers, industry ag representatives, environmental advocates, and scientists. The panel will be moderated Kim Coble, Vice President for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

The panelists represent a who’s who in their respective fields and will provide a wide range of perspectives for the topic at hand: Greg Bowen is a land planner and local food systems specialist from Land Stewardship Solutions; Frank DeGennaro is Vice President of Specialty Crops at Perdue AgriBusiness; Jay Ford is the Virginia Eastern SHOREKEEPER® and a permaculture farmer in Virginia; Trey Hill is a Kent County, Maryland farmer producing corn, wheat, and soybeans for the Mid-Atlantic region; Allison Howard is an organic grain and vegetable farmer in Maryland’s Queen Anne’s County; and Dr. Ray Weil is a soil scientist with the University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. The discussion promises to be lively and informative.

The event is co-hosted by the Sassafras River Association and the Chester River Association in coordination with the Center for Environment & Society at Washington College. The College is hosting the event and a light reception afterward in Decker Theater in the Gibson Center for the Arts.

Riverkeeper@SassafrasRiver.org) or Chester River Association Riverkeeper Isabel Hardesty (Riverkeeper@ChesterRiverAssociation.org)

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