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Lafayette Seminar on Local Food, WT Young Library Auditorium
October 9, 2014 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
“Closing the fall edition of the Lafayette Seminar will be a second panel discussion,Thinking Big: Local Food and Large Institutions, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, at the William T. Young Library Auditorium and Gallery. This panel discussion will be followed by a reception featuring Kentucky Proud and local ingredients.
Most of the conversation about local food tends to focus on the small scale – farmers’ markets, restaurants and CSAs. But large institutions – businesses, school districts, universities – are getting more interested in local-food provision, as well, and in ways that promise to impact many more producers and consumers.
A recent example of this is UK’s new contract with Aramark, which stipulates significant increases in the university’s purchase of local and Kentucky Proud agricultural products. This discussion will look at the opportunities and challenges of local-food provision on the large scale – at UK, in the Commonwealth and nationally. Panelists for this event are:
• Sarah Fritschner, coordinator of Louisville Farm to Table;
• John-Mark Hack, executive director of Local Food Association;
• Lee Meyer, extension professor of agricultural economics at UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment; and
• Tony Parnigoni, region vice president of Aramark Corporation.
Moderator for this panel will be Scott Smith, faculty director of The Food Connection at UK and former dean of the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.
This fall’s seminar is co-sponsored by the Blue Grass Community Foundation, The Food Connection at UK and the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.
Presented annually, the Lafayette Seminar in Public Issues provides an opportunity for Lexington community members, elected officials, and faculty and students to discuss issues facing the community. Previous topics have explored the local economy, town and gown relations, community gardening, public art and the creation of successful downtown spaces.
Part of the Academy of Undergraduate Excellence within the Division of Undergraduate Education, the Gaines Center for the Humanities is designed to enrich the study of the humanities as an intellectual activity and as a means to self-betterment. The center offers courses and sponsors activities that appeal to faculty and students in all disciplinary fields.
For more information about the 2014 Lafayette Seminar, contact the Gaines Center at 859-257-1537.”