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Climate Change and the Economy: Building Resilience through Agriculture
Thursday, March 21, 2013

<<<<<< Register Today >>>>>>Please join the Bard Center for Environmental Policy and Simon's Rock for a panel discussion that aims to uncover the benefits and challenges of local sustainable agriculture from the perspective of climate change, the economy, and our natural resources. Climate Change and the Economy: Building Resilience through AgricultureA Panel Discussion6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, reception to followClark Auditorium, Bard College at Simon's Rock, Great Barrington, MASeating is limited, please register today!Agricultural practices in the United States continue to significantly impact the environment through degradation of soil and water quality, and emissions of greenhouse gases. Embracing local agriculture promises to address these problems while building stronger communities. Benefits might include regional cycling of nutrients, preservation of local landscapes, and a more vital economy.Yet, while the "locavore" movement offers the potential for greater control over our food producing systems, with this comes a responsibility to ensure environmental and economic sustainability. Communities promoting local food systems have options that lessen the negative impacts of agriculture by increasing the use of perennials (permaculture), shifting toward increased reliance on ecosystem services for crop and soil health, and supporting both planned and associated on-farm biodiversity, all of which increase agroecosystem resilience in the face of climate change. Panelists include:- Melissa Adams, Massachusetts Representative, Keep Farming Program, Glynwood- Dr. Peter M. Groffman, Microbial Ecologist, The Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies- Dr. Jennifer G. Phillips, Assistant Professor, Bard Center for Environmental Policy, Bard College- Dr. Timothy Randhir, Associate Professor, Dept of Environmental Conservation, University of Massachusetts- Steffen Schneider, Director of Farm Operations, Hawthorne Valley Farm, Ghent, NYDoors open at 6pm. The event is free and open to the public. A reception will take place after the panel at 7:30pm. Pre-registration is required to reserve your seat. This event is hosted by the Bard Center for Environmental Policy, in collaboration with Bard College at Simon's Rock, and Berkshire Grown.

Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Clark Auditorium, Simon's Rock
Sponsor: Bard Center for Environmental Policy
Contact: Molly Williams.
Phone: 845-758-7071

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