Taking Root Student Symposium Agenda

Our agenda is 95% finished, and we want to give you a sneak peak of the full day!  Stay tuned for final touches as October 28th nears!

Registration is now open – please email Annie Rowell annie.rowell@sodexo.com for more information.

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Taking Root Student Symposium – Suggested Reading

Attending the Taking Root Student Symposium?

We are happy to share some reading ideas to get you excited and prepare you for the range of topics covered at Taking Root on October 28th at UVM – take a look! For more information about the Symposium, please refer to last week’s post.

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Books

 

Name Author
The Town that Food Saved Ben Hewitt
Keeping Supper Safe Ben Hewitt
Family Drives (Poetry) Leland Kinsey
Northern Borders (Fiction) Howard Frank Mosher
Farm to Table: The Essential Guide to Sustainable Food Systems for Students, Professionals, and Consumers Lyndon Virkler
Darryl Benjamin
Making Modern Meals: How Americans Cook Today Amy B. Trubek
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle Barbara Kingsolver
The Dirty Life Kristen Kimball
This Organic Life: Confessions of a Suburban Homesteader Joan Dye Gussow
Diet for a New America: How Your Food Choices Affect Your Health, Happiness, and the Future of Life on Earth John Robbins
Hope’s Edge: The Next Diet for a Small Planet Anna Lappe
Lunch Lessons: Changing the Way We Feed Our Children Ann Cooper
The Third Plate Dan Barber
Gaia’s Garden Toby Hemenway
Cooked Michael Pollan
The One Straw Revolution Masanobu Fukuoka

 

Articles & Short Readings

Name Author
The Real Work (Poem) Wendell Berry
Marshall Washer (Poem) Hayden Carruth
The Pleasures of Eating Wendell Berry
How School Food Purchases Are Moving The Needle For The Local Food Movement Nicole Rasul
Get real: an analysis of student preference for food Jennifer Porter David Conner Jane Kolodinsky Amy Trubek
Vermont’s Farm to Table Strategic Plan  
New England Food Vision  
Contemporary Studies in Environmental and Indigenous Pedagogies

 

 

 

Films

Name
Broken Limbs
Temple Grandin (2010)
The Farm Bill Food Battle
The Greenhorns
Queen of the Sun
The Real Dirt on Farmer John

 

Podcasts

Name Host
For the Wild Ayana Young
Regenerative Agriculture John Kempf
Farmer to Farmer Chris Blanchard
How I Built This Guy Raz

 

 

Taking Root Student Symposium – Save the Date!

We couldn’t be more excited to announce that we are hosting the Taking Root Student Symposium on October 28th at the University of Vermont, in partnership with Vermont Farm to Plate and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture.

This symposium is designed for all Vermont college students to celebrate farm to institution and learn about what it means to chart a career in food. We are pleased to

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Ben Hewitt, Taking Root Student Symposium’s Keynote Speaker

share that our keynote speaker will be Ben Hewitt, a Vermont-based author of many books including The Town That Food Saved and Making Supper Safe. Throughout the day, students will learn about:

 

  • Why farm to institution is important
  • Innovative work happening in Vermont’s food system
  • Career paths of many of Vermont’s leading entrepreneurs and thinkers
  • Resources available at each campus for students to pursue food systems-relevant coursework as well as food-related employment
  • Current food-related job opportunities; students will also have time to network directly with some Vermont employers in the food industry.

And let’s not forget about lunch!

  • Eat the Loop Supper celebrates innovative production practices, featuring Eat the Loop Supper LogoVermont producers who “close-the-loop” through the creation of their product.  From waste-free production to soil health management, Vermonters are leading the way in innovative practices.  Meet the producers and fill your bellies with the “loop.”

Are you a Vermont college student interested in attending? Here’s what you need to know:

  • We are looking for student representation from all Vermont campuses. We also have limited space for this event. If you are interested in attending, please email Annie Rowell at annie.rowell@sodexo.com.
  • Registration costs $25 for the full day, 9am-4pm.

I am excited to attend the Taking Root Student Symposium at UVM because I was inspired by Ben Hewitt’s book ‘The Town that Food Saved’ when I was introduced to it as an undergrad. Also, I will be looking to find employment soon, so getting to learn more about current food-related positions and Vermont-based employers is a great opportunity. Overall, I can’t wait to meet people with similar passions as me and people who want to learn more!
– Ann Chiarenzelli, UVM Food Systems Master Student & Taking Root attendee

 

The statewide college student gathering is a perfect opportunity for our students in our learning community “A Call to Action: Building Sustainable Communities”. […] The symposium lands at a perfect place and time to support our goals; we hope that many students, faculty and staff from other Vermont colleges and universities attend.

– Ellen Hill, Faculty, Northern Vermont University at Johnson

Here is a glimpse of some of the panelists, producers, and employers you can expect to see there!

Stay tuned for more to come! Be sure to follow us on Instagram @vermontfirst for more information!