Professor and Farmer Philip Ackerman-Leist to Discuss Local Food Phenomenon

Media contact: Brent Wasser, brent.wasser@williams.edu

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., February 5, 2013— Philip Ackerman-Leist, associate professor of environmental studies at Green Mountain College, will present a lecture on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 6:30 p.m., in Griffin Hall, room 3. The event is free and open to the public. He will discuss his new book Rebuilding the Foodshed: How to Create Local, Sustainable and Secure Food Systems.

Ackerman-Leist’s book discusses how several people have retreated from the broken industrial foods system and turned toward local foods. They are sowing, growing, selling, and eating food produced locally. This phenomenon has been taking place both in rural outposts and large cities. In his book, Ackerman-Leist focuses the local food lens on the broader issue of rebuilding regional food systems that can replace the harmful aspects of industrial agriculture, meet food demands in an affordable and sustainable manner, and be strong enough to weather potentially difficult times ahead.

In addition to teaching, Ackerman-Leist serves as director of the Farm and Food Project at Green Mountain College. He is the co-owner of UpTunket Farm & Homestead in Pawlet, Vt. Ackerman-Leist participates in community service and is a member of the Poutlney-Mettowee Natural Resource Conservation District Board and the Vermont Sustainable Agriculture Council. In 2010, he authored Tunket Road: The Education of a Modern Homesteader.

Ackerman-Leist received his B.A. in philosophy from St. Andrews College in Laurinburg, N.C., and his M.S. in environmental biology from Antioch New England Graduate School.

The event is so-sponsored by the Sustainable Food & Agriculture Program and the Center for Environmental Studies. Water Street Books will be at the event selling the book.

END

For building locations on the Williams campus, please consult the map outside the driveway entrance to the Security Office located in Hopkins Hall on Main Street (Rte. 2), next to the Thompson Memorial Chapel, or call the Office of Communications (413) 597-4277. The map can also be found on the web at www.williams.edu/map

To visit the college on the Internet: www.williams.edu Williams College can also be found on Facebook: www.facebook.com/williamscollege and Twitter: twitter.com/williamscollege