University of Maine and ESTIA To Host Conference On Slow Food
MOFGA Executive Director Russell Libby To Speak
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The University of Maine and ESTIA, a non-profit and non-governmental organization based in Maine and dedicated to the protection of cultural and biological diversity, will host the 9th Annual ESTIA Conference, on Slow Food: A Model for Sustainable and Healthy Living.
Interest in the concept of slow food has grown in recent years as more people seek to understand the value of local, in-season and organic food that boosts local economy while protecting the environment.
The conference will be held at the University of Maine’s Wells Conference Center on Friday, October 26 from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. and on Saturday, October 27 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The conference will address various topics such as: Understanding the Slow Food Model and its contribution to sustainability, its health benefits and its viability in boosting Maine’s economy. It will also explore food policy as it relates to slow food and present success stories from Maine institutions and businesses.
More than 20 speakers from local, state and national organizations will explore different aspects of Slow Food.
- Carlo Petrini, the founder of the International Slow Food movement will greet the participants through a video.
- Roger Doiron, the founder of Kitchen Gardeners International, will give the keynote address. Doiron led the successful campaign for a kitchen garden at the White House, earning him the Hearst Media’s “Heart of Green” Award as one of the “10 most inspiring people in sustainable food.
- Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, a member of the Agriculture Committee and a national voice for local, sustainable farming will speak on: “Food Policy – Incorporating the Slow Food Model into the Maine Economy.”
- Walt Whitcomb, Commissioner of the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
- Mark Lapping, Executive Director, Muskie School of Public Health
- Russell Libby, Executive of Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association.
The conference fee, which includes local, in-season and organic food, is $40 ($50 on-site registration) and $25 ($30) for students. The registration deadline is Monday, Oct. 15. To register go to: www.estiamaine.org. For more information, contact Gregory Edwards, ESTIA treasurer, at 716 Union Street, Bangor, Maine, 04401 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.