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Agriculturally Supported Community

Published on Friday, March 13, 2015

Agriculturally Supported Community

How Growing Food Together Makes Justice Real

Event date: 3/30/2015 7:00 PM Export event

Gonzaga’s Environmental Studies Department will host a free public presentation titled “Agriculturally Supported Community: How Growing Food Together Makes Justice Real” on Monday, March 30th in Wolff Auditorium from 7-8 pm.  Join urban farmer and educator, Josh Soltnick as he reflects on 15 years of community farming.  Drawing up his experience in ecological horticulture, the Peace Corps, as a family farmer, Josh founded the PEAS farm in Missoula, Montana.  As a partnership between the University of Montana’s Environmental Studies program and a local non-profit, the PEAS farm functions both as a CSA and as an educational resource for students from elementary school to college graduate programs.

For more information contact Dr. Greg Gordon at gordong@gonzaga.edu or at 313-5725
Slotnik will follow up his presentation with a hands-on workshop on Tuesday March 31—“Visioning The Gonzaga/Spokane Community farm” in Herak 123 from 10:50-1:00. In this workshop students will hear about a few versions of community based farms in cities across the US, and a farm that involves University students. We will blend this information with a discussion of student farm design features that ensure a high degree of student personal investment. In order for the GSC Dream farm to meet the needs of the Spokane community, though, the community too must be involved in its creation. We will work through a discussion of how to generate community-based knowledge and then how to put that to work.  Workshop space is limited so please email Greg Gordon at gordong@gonzaga.edu for advance registration.
Josh Slotnick is a Lecturer in the Environmental Studies program at the University of Montana. As such, he manages the PEAS farm, and teaches students on the farm and in the classroom (in the offseason). The farm is a partnership between the University of Montana’s Environmental Studies program and the non-profit organization Garden City Harvest. Josh is a co-founder of both Garden City Harvest and the PEAS farm, both begun in 1996. Josh has a Master’s in Professional Studies (MPS) in Agriculture Extension and Adult Education from Cornell University, a BA in Philosophy from the University of Montana, and a certificate in Ecological Horticulture from UC Santa Cruz. Josh has been a partner in the family farm, Clark Fork Organics, of Missoula, Montana, since 1992. He is also a returned Peace Corps volunteer; he served in Thailand from 1988 – 1991. Josh speaks nationally on issues related to sustainable agriculture. He was profiled in the books, “Growing a Garden City” (2010), “Change Comes to Dinner” (2012) and “The Urban Farm” (2014). His book, HomeFarm, was published in 2013.
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