April 3rd 2009 Lecture/Reading
Time 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Admissions / Ticket information $12
Campus Off-campus
Location Northampton Senior Center
Speaker Michael Docter
Title Five College Learning in Retirement Great Decisions Series presents Michael Docter
Phone Contact (413) 585-3756
Sponsor Five College Learning in Retirement
Registration for this lecture begins at 9 a.m. Lunch is available. There is ample parking at and near the Northampton Senior Center.

The politics of food have and will continue to have a profound impact on global security. Can we feed ourselves? Can we do so economically? These and other questions of food sustainability will be discussed by Michael Docter, Founder and Director of the Food Bank Farm, at the second program in this Five College Learning in Retirement series.

Over 125 guests have attended past programs in this series which examine Foreign Policy issues through a DVD presentation, a talk by the guest speaker and a lively session of questions and answers.

The Food Bank Farm is a 660-member Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project that produces over 400,000 lb. of organic produce per year and donates almost half to feed the needy. The farm’s management systems have become a model for diversified vegetable production, as well as making substantial contributions to reducing hunger in the community. In addition to his substantial hands-on food growing experience, Docter has written and lectured widely on the subject.

The Great Decisions series has been developed by The Foreign Policy Association (FPA) a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring the American public to learn more about the world. It provides independent publications, programs and forums designed to increase public awareness of, and foster popular participation in, matters relating to these policy issues.

Five College Learning in Retirement (5CLIR) is a semi-autonomous organization under the umbrella of Five Colleges, Incorporated, and is a member of the Elderhostel Institute Network. It was founded in 1989 “to enrich our lives by providing forums for the pleasures of active learning.”

Questions about the program or Five College Learning in Retirement and requests for pre-registration forms can be addressed to Callie Kendall Orszak, at (413) 585-3756 or 5clir@email.smith.edu or by visiting the Five College Learning in Retirement Web site.

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