SAL U: Spring 2011: Following Wendell: The Culture & Politics of Sustenance
presented in partnership with the Henry Art Gallery and the University of Washington's Program on the Environment.
Class Dates: April 21; May 5; May 19; June 2; June 16 at the Henry Art Gallery at 7pm
& June 18 at the UW Farm from 4-6pm
Before Michael Pollan, there was Wendell Berry, farmer, poet, and environmental revolutionary. In honor of Berry, who will visit Seattle on May 24 as part of SAL’s American Voices series, we’ve gathered a compelling group of thinkers, authors, and farmers who will cover wide range of topics related to food and our environment, such as food deserts, obesity, and urban farming. The series will conclude with a special Saturday trip to tour the University of Washington’s farm which educates the community about the impact of our food choices and models how we can reduce those impacts. The visit will conclude with prosecco and pizza from the farm’s wood-fired oven.
Thursday, June 2nd, 7pm
Josh Tewksbury, Department of Biology, University of Washington
Tewksbury is interested in the context of diversity--the physical and biological environment in which individuals, populations and communities exist. His research spans a wide range of traditional topics in ecology, evolution and conservation, from ecological and evolutionary studies of plant animal interactions to studies of global climate change impacts on physiology, ecology, and species interactions, and long-term studies of landscape fragmentation and connectivity, He directs the Conservation of Living Systems graduate program in the UW college of the environment, and serves on a number of boards focused on increasing and sustaining basic connections between people and the natural world.
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Thursday, June 16th 7pm
The UW Farm: Cultivating a New Crop of Agriculturalists with Elizabeth Wheat, Environmental Teaching Fellow & Education Coordinator of the UW Farm
Saturday, June 18th, 4-6pm
Tour of UW Farm and Pizza & Prosecco Party
Elizabeth Wheat finished her Ph.D. with the University of Washington Biology Department this past fall. She is currently a teaching post-doc with the U.W. Program on the Environment and the education coordinator for the UW Farm.
Her research interests lie at the intersection of ecology and food production. She was honored last year with the Excellence in Teaching award one of the highest honors given graduate students at the University.
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Thursday, April 21st, 7pm
Bringing the Urban Back into the Food System: Questions of Culture & Technology with Branden Born, Associate Professor in the department of Urban Design and Planning, University of Washington
Born's research interests include planning process and social justice, particularly with regard to the inclusion of marginalized populations in societal decision-making; land use planning and regionalism; and urban food systems.
Born was part of a team who drafted Fertile Ground: Planning for the Madison/Dane County Food System, one of the earliest university food system assessments, while a graduate student at Wisconsin. In 2005-2006 he was the faculty leader for a Luce Foundation supported studio course at UW-Seattle, for which the client was the City of Seattle, that focused on defining and enhancing the functionality of the Seattle food system. From that class came the Sound Food Report: Enhancing Seattle’s Food System.
He teaches courses on food systems, land use, planning methods, as well as community-based studios. He recently co-authored a paper, Avoiding the Local Trap: Scale and Food Systems in Planning Research.
Born is part of the Puget Sound Regional Council’s Regional Food Policy Council, and is collaborating with researchers and community members on several healthy community initiatives. As a member of the American Planning Association, he sits on APA’s Food System Steering Committee.
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Thursday, May 5th , 7pm
A talk by Kurt Timmermeister, Vashon cheese-maker and author of Growing a Farmer, How I Learned To Live Off The Land, titled:
The Joys & Challenges of Creating & Maintaining a Small Farmstead.
Timmermeister was born in 1962 in the heart of Seattle, no where near farm country. Anticipating working in foreign service, he graduated from the American College in Paris with a degree in International Affairs. While in Paris he realized his love of food and restaurants far surpassed his affinity for government work and he returned to Seattle to begin a career in food service. A series of restaurant jobs both in the kitchen and dining room gave him the early hubris to open his own café at the age of twenty four.
For eighteen years he ran a series of ever larger Café Septiemes while at the same time beginning his education in small scale farming. In 1991 he moved to Vashon Island, buying land that was to eventually become Kurtwood Farms.
Kurtwood Farms is now home to a small herd of Jersey cows, a motley crew of sheep, happy free rooting pigs, an ever changing flock of chickens, geese and ducks, a guest room and sofa often filled with Seattle's best cooks and Kurt and his two dogs Byron and Daisy.
Kurt now produces fine, farmstead cheeses at the farm from the milk of the Jersey cows: Dinah's Cheese, a traditional Camembert-style, bloomy rind cheese and Francesca's Cheese, an Italian-style hard cheese aged in the newly-dug underground cheese cave. He is also the author of Growing a Farmer: How I Learned to Live Off the Land, a memoir and how-to guide to creating and running a small farm, published by W.W. Norton in 2011.
Thursday, May 19th, 7pm
David R. Montgomery, Professor, Department of Earth & Space Sciences, University of Washington
Macarthur Fellow, David R. Montgomery studies geomorphology, the evolution of landscapes. He graduated from Stanford University in 1984 with a B.S. in geology and from U.C. Berkeley in 1991 with a Ph.D. in geomorphology. His research interests range from the co-evolution of the Pacific salmon and the topography of the Pacific Northwest to the environmental history of Puget Sound rivers, interactions among climate, tectonics, and erosion in shaping mountain ranges, and giant glacial floods in eastern Tibet. He is the author of Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations and King of Fish: The Thousand-Year Run of Salmon.