The industrialized food system is incredibly effective at producing massive amounts of food while keeping food prices low. However, this comes at a cost to the environment, public health, and many communities. The global pandemic has exposed the fragility of our food supply chains and the inequalities of the current food system. Learn more about sustainable, fair, and resilient food systems from Ann Wilhelm, Wilhelm Farm, as she shares the work of Food Solutions New England.
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About the presenter:
Ann Wilhelm grew up on Wilhelm Farm in North Granby where she and her husband, Bill Bentley, now reside. She is an avid, part-time farmer. When Ann is not at her job with the Universtiy of Connecticut, she can usuaully be found in the woods, fields or gardens on the farm. Ann holds degrees in agricultural sceince, and she has long been an advocate for small-scale agriculture and integrated farming systems.
Ann and Bill are managing their 46 acres to provide environmental services (wildlife habitat, water and air quality, hydrologic control, and carbon sequestration) while sustainably producing food, timber, and non-timber forest products. They are investing in several agroforestry practices, particularly silvopasture and forest farming. Their long-term vision is to demonstrage on their property the emergence of new paradigms for agricultural and foresty management in New England.
Granby Public Library and Granby Agriculutral Commission are bringing the experts to you! Join us for a series of webinars featuring local farm and garden professionals. Each program in the serires speaks to agricultural and environmental topics, and includes opporutnity for Q & A.