12th Annual Agroforestry Symposium: Community Health & Resilient Food Systems
The University of Missouri’s 12th Annual Agroforestry Symposium is a free virtual gathering with engaging webinars, research posters, exhibitors, and roundtable sessions. Speakers include:
- Mariah Gladstone, Blackfeet & Cherokee food educator, IndigiKitchen
- Michael Muehlbauer and Alkebu-Lan Marcus, Philadelphia Orchard Project
- Rose Hayden-Smith, garden historian and author, UC Food Observer
- Jim Worstell, The Resilience Project
In response to the ongoing challenges we collectively face at this time, including the coronavirus pandemic, climate change, and inequities in social, environmental, and economic realms, the University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry seeks to share and support creative solutions. Sustainable food and agriculture systems exemplified by diversified agroforestry practices yield outcomes that can have a positive effect on each of these challenges. From healthy, accessible food that supports disease-resistant bodies, to innovative strategies for strong local economies, and community engagement for improved equity and awareness, the 2021 Agroforestry Symposium will highlight inspiring efforts and leaders who are paving a way to comprehensive community wellness.
Major themes to be addressed at the Symposium are relevant to farmers, value-added producers, health professionals, community organizers and engaged citizens. Themes include:
- Specialty crops for healthy people and a healthy environment
- Innovative community development and advocacy
- Access and equity for a socially just food system
This annual event is an opportunity for networking and education, to help build and grow connections between efforts taking place at the University of Missouri, partnering institutions, and organizations who are contributing to resilient food and agriculture solutions. In order to retain the collective energy of a live in-person event without compromising health and safety, the Symposium seminars will be held online with opportunities for discussion, questions, and dialogue. The event will take place Thursday, January 28th through Saturday, January 30th, from 9:00am to 12:30pm daily.