Rockfall’s 25th Annual Symposium: Our Future Food Security — National Issues, Local Response, Oct. 13, Old Saybrook

Oct 7th, 2011 | By | Category: Featured Story

The Rockfall Foundation will  present its 25th Annual Symposium on October 13, 2011, 8:30 am to 12:15 pm at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook.

The theme this year is, “Our Future Food Security: National Issues, Local Response.” Through presentations, panel discussion and audience conversation, participants will explore such questions as:  in an era of global peaks in availability of oil, water and healthy soils, how can Middlesex County plan and reclaim its agricultural legacy to create a healthful, sustainable food system and  maximize community self-reliance?

Keynote speaker will be Mark Winne (photo attached), who has worked for 40 years as a community food activist, writer, and trainer. He will speak on: “America’s Food System: A Cause for Concern, A Time for Action.”  From 1979 to 2003, Mark was the Executive Director of the Hartford Food System, and is a co-founder of a number of food and agriculture policy groups including the City of Hartford Food Policy Commission, the Connecticut Food Policy Council, End Hunger Connecticut!, and the national Community Food Security Coalition. He was an organizer and chairman of the Working Lands Alliance, and is a founder of the Connecticut Farmland Trust. Mark currently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and writes, speaks, and consults extensively on community food system topics including hunger and food insecurity, local and regional agriculture, community food assessment, and food policy.

The symposium will be followed by an optional sandwich buffet lunch and a tour of Common Good Gardens  at Grace Episcopal Church. The church is just a few minutes’ walk down Main Street from the Kate.

Program details and registration information will be available on The Rockfall Foundation’s website ( in September. Businesses and groups interested in being a symposium co-sponsor should contact Claire Rusowicz, (860)347-0340;

The Rockfall Foundation supports environmental education, conservation programs and planning initiatives in Middlesex County. Established in 1935, it is one of Connecticut’s oldest environmental organizations whose mission is to be a catalyst– bringing people together and supporting organizations to conserve and enhance the county’s natural environment. Rockfall awards grants each year to organizations, schools and municipalities, and continues to hold and manage open space property in the county.

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One Comment to “Rockfall’s 25th Annual Symposium: Our Future Food Security — National Issues, Local Response, Oct. 13, Old Saybrook”

  1. Issues of food security is a worldwide issue, availability, access and utilization is should be given in every parts of the planet.

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