Can New England Feed Itself? How Close Can We Get to Sustainability?

Boston, MA

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We talk about local and sustainable.  Shop at the Farmers Markets and buy sustainable seafood.

Yet today, much of our food still comes from other regions and countries.  We often don’t know where it comes from and how it is grown.

What would it really take for New England to feed itself?  Is it even possible? What would it mean for our eating habits, the landscape and the local economy? Can our farmland even keep up with the population?

On Thursday, October 3 at 6 pm, we’ll explore all of these questions at a Town Hall Forum at Trinity Church in Copley Square.

Sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture, the event will feature a distinguished list of speakers, including:

  • U.S. Representative Chellie Pingree (ME), a long-time advocate for local farms
  • Gregory Watson, Massachusetts Commissioner of Agriculture 
  • Amanda Beal, UNH PhD student and Network Team member of Food Solutions New England
  • Brian Donohue, Associate Professor of American Environmental Studies at Brandeis University
  • Timothy Griffin, Associate Professor and Director of the Agriculture, Food and Environment Program of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy
  • Glynn Lloyd, Co-Founder of City Growers and CEO of City Fresh Foods
  • John Piotti, Executive Director of Maine Farmland Trust


We hope to see you there!

*This event is free but we ask people to register in advance.