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Food Events 2014-2015

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Fall 2014 Events
September 4, 2014 The U.S. Food Waste Challenge (Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture monthly meeting)

12:15 pm, The Union League, 140 South Broad Street, Philadelphia PA

Dr. Elise Golan, Director for Sustainable Development, Office of Chief Economist, USDA In this talk, Elise Golan will examine the impact and drivers of food waste in the United States and present the USDA's and Environmental Protection Agency's initiative, The U.S. Food Waste Challenge. She will discuss innovative approaches and technologies for reducing, recovering, and recycling food waste.

All interested Penn faculty, students, and staff are invited to attend monthly meetings of the Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture. Meetings begin with lunch at 12:15, followed by a talk. There is a $30 fee for lunch, which is waived for Penn students, and all reservations need to be made the Friday before the talk. Please contact Lynne Farrington at 215 746-5828 or lynne@pobox.upenn.edu for more information.

September 30, 2014 Sustainable, Equitable Urban Food Systems: Penn IUR 10th Anniversary Event

5:30-7:00 pm, Meyerson Hall, Lower Gallery, University of Pennsylvania

Building on Penn IUR's 2013 groundbreaking conference, Feeding Cities, practitioners and scholars explore emerging trends and innovations in urban food security. Speakers include Eugenie Birch, Co-Director, Penn IUR; Karen Glanz, George A. Weiss University Professor, Professor of Epidemiology and Nursing, University of Pennsylvania; Amy Hillier, Associate Professor of City Planning and Urban Studies, University of Pennsylvania; Jessie Handbury, Assistant Professor of Real Estate, The Wharton School; Yael Lehmann, Executive Director, The Food Trust; Domenic Vitiello, Associate Professor of City Planning and Urban Studies, University of Pennsylvania; and Tracy Ward, Executive Director, Easton Economic Development Corporation. Moderated by Charles Branas, Professor of Epidemiology, Perelman School of Medicine, and Director, Urban Health Lab, University of Pennsylvania. Co-sponsored by Penn's Urban Health Lab and Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership (IGEL). This event is free and open to the public; register at sustainable-food-systems.eventbrite.com.

October 2, 2014 Chesapeake Bay Commission (Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture monthly meeting)

12:15 pm, The Union League, 140 South Broad Street, Philadelphia PA

Marel Raub, Pennsylvania Director, Chesapeake Bay Commission

All interested Penn faculty, students, and staff are invited to attend monthly meetings of the Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture. Meetings begin with lunch at 12:15, followed by a talk. There is a $30 fee for lunch, which is waived for Penn students, and all reservations need to be made the Friday before the talk. Please contact Lynne Farrington at 215 746-5828 or lynne@pobox.upenn.edu for more information.

November 6, 2014 Field Trip to Delaware: Aquaculture (Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture event)

In the morning we will visit Blair View Farm. Joel Blessing, owner, will give us a personal tour of this commercial aquaculture operation. We will hear about applied research by the University of Delaware to increase production. We will enjoy lunch at Bonz Restaurant at the Harrington Fairgrounds. After lunch an overview of the University of Delaware research in aquaculture by recognized expert, John Ewart of the Marine College.

All interested Penn faculty, students, and staff are invited to participate in field trips of the Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture, for which they will need to register and pay in advance. If you are interested in going on this event, please contact Lynne Farrington at 215 746-5828 or lynne@pobox.upenn.edu for more information.

December 4, 2014 Clemens Food Group and Our Commitment to Sustainability (Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture monthly meeting)

12:15 pm, The Union League, 140 South Broad Street, Philadelphia PA

Tom Clemens is a fourth-generation officer of the Clemens Family Corporation, which operates one of the largest pork production and processing companies in the eastern United States. Mr. Clemens will speak on the Clemens Food Groupbo?=s commitment to sustainability through Commitment to Members, the Environment, Animal Welfare, Customers and Products, and Community.

All interested Penn faculty, students, and staff are invited to attend monthly meetings of the Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture. Meetings begin with lunch at 12:15, followed by a talk. There is a $30 fee for lunch, which is waived for Penn students, and all reservations need to be made the Friday before the talk. Please contact Lynne Farrington at 215 746-5828 or lynne@pobox.upenn.edu for more information.

December 8-9, 2014 The Last Food Mile Conference (A conference organized by the University of Pennsylvania Vet School)

Class of 1949 Auditorium, Houston Hall, 3417 Spruce Street, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Sustainably feeding 7 billion people now and 9 billion by 2050 is a daunting challenge. Reducing massive amounts of food waste is critical toward building sustainable food security in the world. This, the nation's first conference on food wastage along the supply chain, will explore reducing post-harvest food wastage in the United States and building a sustainable food system.

Waste occurs at the farm, the processing plant, the store, and the home. This conference will bring together experts from national and international, academic and industrial, public and private sectors, to discuss: Where food losses occur along the food supply chain, why, and how much; What food waste reduction measures work effectively, lessons learned and barriers encountered; and What policies and interventions are critically needed for moving forward

The Last Food Mile Conference is sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and the USDA's Agriculture & Food Research Institute.

For more information or to register, go to www.vet.upenn.edu/research/news-events-conferences/last-food-mile-conference.

Spring 2014 Events
January 9, 2014 Cranberry Farming and Marketing Programs (Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture monthly meeting)

12:15 pm, The Union League, 140 South Broad Street, Philadelphia PA

Stephen Lee, President of Lee Brothers Inc. Chatsworth, NJ will address the history and outlook of growing cranberries on a multi-generational family farm in New Jersey.Stephen is a 6th generation cranberry grower and works on his family's 11,800 acre cranberry and forestry operation in the Pine Barrens of Southern New Jersey. The farm markets their cranberries exclusively through the grower owned cooperative of Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc.

All interested Penn faculty, students, and staff are invited to attend monthly meetings of the Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture. Meetings begin with lunch at 12:15, followed by a talk. There is a $30 fee for lunch, which is waived for Penn students. Please contact Lynne Farrington at 215 746-5828 or lynne@pobox.upenn.edu for more information.

January 30, 2014 Salt, Sugar, Fat (What is Your Food Worth? series, presented by The Feinstein Center for American Jewish History at Temple University)

6:00 pm, Paley Library Lecture Hall, Temple University, 1210 Polett Walk, Philadelphia, PA

Michael Moss, New York Times journalist and author of Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us, on why we eat what we eat. Free and open to the public.

What Is Your Food Worth? seeks to stimulate conversations about food, ethics, sustainability, and eating Jewish. For more information and to join the conversation, visit whatisyourfoodworth.com.

February 6, 2014 Can Small and Mid-sized Farmers Find a Place to Thrive in the Future? (Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture monthly meeting)

12:15 pm, The Union League, 140 South Broad Street, Philadelphia PA

Ken Kleinpeter, Vice President of Operations at the Glynwood Center in Cold Spring, NY will talk on what he is doing at the Glynwood Center and New Paltz NY to help young farmers get started. Glynwood Farm is a non-profit foundation managing a farm of about 225 acres to train young farmers in all aspects of farming to help them get started. He is also running a program with The Open Space Institute on 500 acres in New Paltz, NY as a farm incubator program.

All interested Penn faculty, students, and staff are invited to attend monthly meetings of the Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture. Meetings begin with lunch at 12:15, followed by a talk. There is a $30 fee for lunch, which is waived for Penn students. Please contact Lynne Farrington at 215 746-5828 or lynne@pobox.upenn.edu for more information.

February 7, 2014 Food Chains (What is Your Food Worth? series, presented by The Feinstein Center for American Jewish History at Temple University)

4:00 pm, Paley Library Lecture Hall, Temple University, 1210 Polett Walk, Philadelphia, PA

New York Times art director and award-winning illustrator Nicholas Blechman uses drawings and information graphics to go behind the scenes of pasta, cheese, and olive oil production. Free and open to the public.

What Is Your Food Worth? seeks to stimulate conversations about food, ethics, sustainability, and eating Jewish. For more information and to join the conversation, visit whatisyourfoodworth.com.

February 10, 2014 Recipes for the Melting Pot: The Life of the Settlement Cook Book (What is Your Food Worth? series, presented by The Feinstein Center for American Jewish History at Temple University)

5:00 pm, Edward H. Rosen Hillel Center, Temple University, 1441 Norris Street, Philadelphia, PA

A workshop about the history of Jewish cookbooks with Nora Rubel, Assistant Professor of Religion, University of Rochester. Free and open to the public. For a copy of the pre-circulated paper, please email feinsteincenter@temple.edu.

What Is Your Food Worth? seeks to stimulate conversations about food, ethics, sustainability, and eating Jewish. For more information and to join the conversation, visit whatisyourfoodworth.com.

February 14, 2014 RESCHEDULED TO FEBRUARY 26 George Gerbner Post-Doctoral Fellow Colloquium: Building a Local Food System and Caring Economy, a talk by Garrett Broad, the George Gerbner Post-Doctoral Fellow

12:00-1:00 pm, buffet lunch @ 11:45 a.m. [first-come, first-served], Room 500, The Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, 3620 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA

Citing intersecting concerns related to health, the environment and the economy, critics of the contemporary industrialized food system insist that we are in crisis. In response, a number of food justice activists have begun to develop community-based solutions to the nation's food system problems. Grounded within historically marginalized, low-income communities of color, advocates for food justice argue that activities like urban agriculture, cultural nutrition education and food-related social enterprises can be an integral part of an agenda for systemic social change.

This presentation uses an ethnographic case study of the South Los Angeles-based Community Services Unlimited in order to explore the limitations and possibilities of community-based food justice organizing today. Based on my current book project, the research details the complexity that emerges when community-based groups must work to balance the interests of their often contradictory network partners over time. How is it that a food justice organization with its roots in the Southern California Black Panther Party, for instance, can now depend upon governmental funding from a bureaucratic establishment like the USDA? The work also considers how the recent introduction of new players into food-related activism has influenced the evolving practices of food justice work. Are community-based food justice groups equipped to effectively tell their story now that well-funded, media-savvy non-profits have entered into the competitive landscape?

Garrett Broad is the George Gerbner Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for Communication. His research considers the impacts of globalization, storytelling and communication technology in shaping contemporary communities and movements for social change. Much of his work focuses on issues related to urban community health, environmental sustainability and the industrial food system. Garrett received his PhD from the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, where he worked for several years as a core research team member with the Metamorphosis Project.

Seating is limited. Please contact Debra Williams for more information.

February 20, 2014 The American Way of Eating (What is Your Food Worth? series, presented by The Feinstein Center for American Jewish History at Temple University)

3:30 pm, Paley Library Lecture Hall, Temple University, 1210 Polett Walk, Philadelphia, PA

An investigation of our food system, from the field to kitchen, with Tracie McMillan, journalist and author of The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee's, Farm Fields, and the Dinner Table. Free and open to the public.

What Is Your Food Worth? seeks to stimulate conversations about food, ethics, sustainability, and eating Jewish. For more information and to join the conversation, visit whatisyourfoodworth.com.

February 26, 2014 The Hands that Feed: Jewish Perspectives on Food Workers (What is Your Food Worth? series, presented by The Feinstein Center for American Jewish History at Temple University)

7:00 pm, Hosted by Cafe Olam at the Impact Hub, 1227 North 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA

A panel on food workers and recent Jewish-led efforts to secure fair wages and working conditions. Free and open to the public. Co-sponsored with the Jewish Farm School, Kol Tzedek, and Fair Food Philly.

What Is Your Food Worth? seeks to stimulate conversations about food, ethics, sustainability, and eating Jewish. For more information and to join the conversation, visit whatisyourfoodworth.com.

March 6, 2014 The Renewable Fuel Standard: The Impact of Biofuels on Agriculture and the Consumer (Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture monthly meeting)

12:15 pm, The Union League, 140 South Broad Street, Philadelphia PA

John Urbanchuk will describe the current situation and outlook regarding biofuels with specific emphasis on cellulostic ethanol, advanced biofuels and biomass biodiesel as well as an assessment of the impact of biofuels on commodity prices, farm income, and consumer food prices. John is managing Partner of Agriculture and Biofuels Consulting.

All interested Penn faculty, students, and staff are invited to attend monthly meetings of the Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture. Meetings begin with lunch at 12:15, followed by a talk. There is a $30 fee for lunch, which is waived for Penn students. Please contact Lynne Farrington at 215 746-5828 or lynne@pobox.upenn.edu for more information.

March 29, 2014 Eats and Beats 2014

5:30-8:30 pm, Mantua Haverford Community Center (631 N. 39th Street), Philadelphia PA

You are cordially invited to attend a locally-sourced, organic meal prepared by our youth!

For more information, go to Facebook or email info@urbannutrition.org

April 3-5, 2014 From Flint Knives to Cloned Meat: Our Ambiguous Love, Hate, and Fear of Food Technologies (2014 Roger Smith Conference on Food)

Roger Smith Hotel, 501 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10017

The 2014 Roger Smith Conference on Food focuses on the interrelationships of food, technology, and culture. The story of food technologies through the ages is one of constant change in every aspect of producing, processing, cooking, and talking about the things people eat. Food Technology is any imaginable means of using and manipulating food, from cracking nuts with a rock to molecular gastronomy. Indeed, the very act of deciding what is or isn't food is intrinsically bound up with technology.

Conference sessions will examine the flow of influences from food technologies to our culture and environment, and vice versa. Join us as we discuss agriculture, cooking paraphernalia, factory-scale manufacturing, artisanal production, and communications (from traditional cookbooks to the internet, apps, and all the brave new world that is now becoming old hat).

For more information, go to thefoodconference.com or email foodconferences@gmail.com

April 3, 2014 An Inside Look at Today's Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Industry (Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture monthly meeting)

12:15 pm, The Union League, 140 South Broad Street, Philadelphia PA

Tom Stenzel, President & CEO, United Fresh Produce Association will share insights on the structure, growth opportunities and challenges facing the fruit and vegetable industry in North America. The organization is widely known for its work in government affairs, agriculture policy, supply chain management, food safety and nutrition, all working together to promote growth and profitability for the fresh produce industry.

All interested Penn faculty, students, and staff are invited to attend monthly meetings of the Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture. Meetings begin with lunch at 12:15, followed by a talk. There is a $30 fee for lunch, which is waived for Penn students. Please contact Lynne Farrington at 215 746-5828 or lynne@pobox.upenn.edu for more information.

April 7, 2014 Why We Eat What We Eat

4:30-6:00 PM, Room B 35 in the Psychology Building: Solomon Labs. The entry is on the south end of the building, facing the Stiteler Quadrangle and in the shadow of Huntsman Hall. The entrance is on what would be 37.5 Street, between Walnut and Locust.

Gudrun Sproesser, a visiting postdoc from the University of Konstanz, Germany, will speak about what influences and motivates us to eat what we eat. She works on human eating, the effect of stress on eating, and the social, psychological, and biological factors that control how much and what we eat.

May 1, 2014 The Port of Philadelphia and Food Transportation (Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture monthly meeting)

12:15 pm, The Union League, 140 South Broad Street, Philadelphia PA

Dominic O,Brien, the incoming President of the World Trade Association of Philadelphia and a Board Member of the District Export Council will give us a tour of both the Wholesale Food Distribution Center and the Port of Philadelphia. He will highlight the Port's role in food transportation, focusing on facilities and services. The Delaware River Port complex is one of the largest cargo gateways in the US and handles billions of dollars in food products each year.

All interested Penn faculty, students, and staff are invited to attend monthly meetings of the Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture. Meetings begin with lunch at 12:15, followed by a talk. There is a $30 fee for lunch, which is waived for Penn students. Please contact Lynne Farrington at 215 746-5828 or lynne@pobox.upenn.edu for more information.

May 12, 2014 Food Author Simone Cinotto to speak at Drexel

5:00 PM, Drexel University Paul Peck Problem Solving and Research Building (101 N. 33rd Street) on the 6th Floor in the Academic Bistro. A reception will follow the lecture.

Author and scholar Dr. Simone Cinotto will deliver a lecture and sign copies of his new book, The Italian American Table: Food, Family, and Community in New York City at Drexel Universitybo?=s Center for Hospitality and Sport Management on Monday, May 12. In his talk, Dr. Cinotto will discuss how food was at the center of the lives of immigrants and their children. Dr Cinotto maintains that Italian immigrants created a distinctive culture of food as a symbolic response to the needs of immigrant life, from the struggle for personal and group identity to the pursuit of social and economic power.

In addition to The Italian American Table: Food, Family, and Communityin New York City, Simone Cinotto has also authored Soft Soil Black Grapes: The Birth of Italian Winemaking in California and is the editor of the 14 - essay collection Making Italian America: Consumer Culture and the Production of Ethnic Identities. Cinotto is currently a visiting scholar at the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies at New York University. He is an assistant professor at the University of Gastronomic Sciences, Pollenzo, Italy, where he is the Director of the Master's Program in "Food Culture and Communications: Food, Place, and Identities." Cinotto holds a Ph.D. in American History from the University of Genoa.

June 5, 2014 The Future of Food Security in The State of Qatar (Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture monthly meeting)

12:15 pm, The Union League, 140 South Broad Street, Philadelphia PA

Dr. Mohamed N. Alattiyah, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of Qatar will discuss the results of the experiment, Usage of Biotechnology Applications in Agriculture, Rehabilitation of Saline Soil. Qatar is heavily dependent on imports to meet its domestic demand, 90% of the total food demand is currently met from external sources. Eco friendly technologies for raising crops using the non utilized marginal lands utilizing effectively the underutilized natural resources could be considered as a solution for sustainable production.

All interested Penn faculty, students, and staff are invited to attend monthly meetings of the Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture. Meetings begin with lunch at 12:15, followed by a talk. There is a $30 fee for lunch, which is waived for Penn students. Please contact Lynne Farrington at 215 746-5828 or lynne@pobox.upenn.edu for more information.

June 18-22, 2014 Collaboration and Innovation Across the Food System (2014 Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of Food and Society and the Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society)

University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

The University of Vermont is pleased to host the Joint 2014 Annual Meetings and Conference of the Association for the Study of Food and Society and the Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society this summer. The University of Vermont is a fantastic site to host the 2014 conference. In a state that has been at the forefront of the sustainable food movement, UVM has adopted Food systems as one of three spires of excellence in a university-wide trans-disciplinary research initiative.

The Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS) was founded in 1985, with the goals of promoting the interdisciplinary study of food and society. It has continued that mission by holding annual meetings; the first of which was in 1987.

The Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society (AFHVS) encompasses individual and institutional members from disciplines that range from agricultural production and the rural social sciences to nutrition policy and the humanities. The AFHVS was formed in 1987 to promote the study of values issues associated with the production, consumption and distribution of food, fiber and natural resources.

Since 1992, the ASFS and AFHVS have held their meetings jointly, to provide colleagues with a site for constructive, in-depth discussion of current agricultural and food systems issues in their broadest social, cultural, economic, ethical and aesthetic context. The culminating conference includes paper presentations, panel discussions and other activities organized around a provocative agricultural of food-related theme.

For more information, go to www.uvm.edu/conferences/foodsystems.

Fall 2013 Events
September 11, 2013 A Place at the Table (movie and discussion)

4:30 pm, College Hall 200, University of Pennsylvania campus. Free and open to the public.

The film A Place at the Table, a documentary about hunger in America, will be screened as part of The Politics of Food course (PSCI 135). A discussion will take place after the screening of the film, which is one and a half hours long.

September 12, 2013 Other Inconvenient Truths: The Agriculture, Water, and Energy Nexus (Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture monthly meeting)

12:15 pm, The Union League, 140 South Broad Street, Philadelphia PA

Dr. Alan F. Rozich, founder and chairman of BioConversion Solutions, will speak on the problematic agricultural sustainability nexus that is emerging with respect to the availability of land, water, fertilizer, and the need for energy.

All interested Penn faculty, students, and staff are invited to attend monthly meetings of the Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture. Meetings begin with lunch at 12:15, followed by a talk. There is a $30 fee for lunch, which is waived for Penn students. Please contact Lynne Farrington at 215 746-5828 or lynne@pobox.upenn.edu for more information.

October 3, 2013 Agriculture in The Classroom (Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture monthly meeting)

12:15 pm, The Union League, 140 South Broad Street, Philadelphia PA

Karen Oriemann and Jann DeChristopher from Lehigh Christian Academy of Allentown,PA will explain how they promote awareness and appreciation of agriculture to their students. Learning about agriculture through field trips, activities, and teaching it across the curriculum in subjects like music and art, gym, mathematics, foreign languages, health and of course, science and social studies, helps students gain knowledge in a meaningful and exciting way.

All interested Penn faculty, students, and staff are invited to attend monthly meetings of the Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture. Meetings begin with lunch at 12:15, followed by a talk. There is a $30 fee for lunch, which is waived for Penn students. Please contact Lynne Farrington at 215 746-5828 or lynne@pobox.upenn.edu for more information.

October 16, 2013 American Meat (movie and discussion)

4:00 pm, College Hall 200, University of Pennsylvania campus. Free and open to the public.

During Food Week at Penn, the documentary American Meat will be screened as part of The Politics of Food course (PSCI 135). A discussion will take place after the screening of the film, which is one and a half hours long. This screening is co-sponsored by Bon Appetit.

October 25, 2013 Building a Local Food System and Caring Economy
A talk by author, activist, and entrepreneur, Judy Wicks

4:00-6:00 pm, Class of 1978 Pavilion, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, University of Pennsylvania campus, 3420 Walnut Street, sixth floor.

Hosted by the Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative, Judy will talk about her new book and her role in the food movement and will do a book signing after her presentation. Judy Wicks is an entrepreneur, activist and author working to build a more compassionate, environmentally sustainable and locally based economy. Her memoir Good Morning, Beautiful Business: the Unexpected Journey of an Activist Entrepreneur and Local Economy Pioneer was published in March 2013. Judy is founder of Philadelphia's landmark White Dog Cafe known for its leadership in the local food movement, as well as community building and environmental stewardship. She founded several non-profits including Fair Food Philly and the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia, and cofounded the nationwide Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), a network of 30,000 local independent businesses in 80 communities. In 2009, Judy sold the White Dog through a unique agreement that preserves local, independent ownership and maintains sustainable business practices, including buying from local farmers and fair trade purveyors, composting and using renewable energy.

November 7, 2013 Veterans Transition to Agriculture (Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture monthly meeting)

12:15 pm, The Union League, 140 South Broad Street, Philadelphia PA

Dennis Riling, Coordinator of Delaware Valley's Veteran Organic Farming Program will discuss how the program quickly prepares returning veterans to enter careers in organic agriculture. The program helps veterans transition to civilian life by providing a calming,therapeutic environment. Dennis is a Marine Corps veteran. He earned a bachelor's degree in horticulture from Delaware Valley College in 2012. Dennis currently coordinates the Delaware Valley College Organic Farming Certificate Program. The program is offered in partnership with the Rodale Institute.

All interested Penn faculty, students, and staff are invited to attend monthly meetings of the Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture. Meetings begin with lunch at 12:15, followed by a talk. There is a $30 fee for lunch, which is waived for Penn students. Please contact Lynne Farrington at 215 746-5828 or lynne@pobox.upenn.edu for more information.

November 13, 2013Bread and Civilization - Presented by Acclaimed Pastry Chef, Author & Educator Nick Malgieri

The preparation bread and the cultivation of wheat necessary for its production are pivotal events that contributed to early humansbo?= abandoning a nomadic existence and settling in towns. The history of bread stems from the simultaneous development of wheat cultivation, of both natural and beer-derived yeast, and of the tools and ovens necessary for baking. Todaybo?=s crusty baguettes may seem to have little in common with ancient unleavened flatbreads but both are deeply rooted in humanitybo?=s instinctive need for bread.

5:30-7:00 pm, Location: Class of 55 Conference Room, 2nd floor, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library. Free and open to the public. RSVPs appreciated but not required. Please email rbml@pobox.upenn.edu.

Nick Malgieri, former Executive Pastry Chef at Windows on the World, is an inductee into Who's Who of Food and Beverage in America. Malgieri is the author of several award-winning books on baking and desserts including BAKE! Essential Techniques for Perfect Baking and Great Italian Desserts. Currently, Malgieri directs the baking program at the Institute of Culinary Education and frequently serves as a guest teacher at many cooking schools. His most recent book is Nick Malgieri's Bread: Over 60 Breads, Rolls and Cakes plus Delicious Recipes Using Them (2012).

December 5, 2013 I Did What I Had to Do (Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture monthly meeting)

12:15 pm, The Union League, 140 South Broad Street, Philadelphia PA

Dr. James E. Diamond, a long time member with a wealth of knowledge and background in many areas of agriculture. Jim will discuss his time in the Peace Corps and his book titled "I Did What I Had to Do." Jim will also have his books available for signing and sales as well. Son of a beef cattle farmer Dr. Diamond had a strong urge to travel abroad to help and teach people in developing countries. This urge led Jim Diamond and his wife Betty to work and travel in 50 different countries.

All interested Penn faculty, students, and staff are invited to attend monthly meetings of the Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture. Meetings begin with lunch at 12:15, followed by a talk. There is a $30 fee for lunch, which is waived for Penn students. Please contact Lynne Farrington at 215 746-5828 or lynne@pobox.upenn.edu for more information.

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