10th Annual Local Food Dinner
Event website: http://blogs.dickinson.edu/farm/localfooddinner/
The Local Food Dinner is an event centered on celebrating food, farmers and community. In addition to enjoying a wonderful meal made from ingredients sourced close to home, the Local Food Dinner hosts a farmers' market and inspirational speaker.
Preceding the dinner event, the public is invited to an indoor farmers' market showcasing the diversity of agriculture products within the Cumberland Valley and surrounding areas!
This year, Janisse Ray, author of The Seed Underground will be our dinner keynote. In addition to writing, Janisse is a naturalist and activist whose passion for seeds and their preservation echoes across the United States.
Saturday, March 23rd, 2013
Farmers' Market: 2pm to 6pm in HUB Lobby (FREE & OPEN TO PUBLIC!)
Dinner will be served at 6:30pm.
Where: Dickinson College Holland Union Building (HUB), 28 N. College Street, Carlisle, PA
Keynote Speaker: Janisse Ray, author of The Seed Underground
Tickets are $20 each.
"If I get to feeling a little blue about our prospects, I'm liable to reach down one of Janisse Ray's books just so I can hear her calm, wise, strong voice. This one's my new favorite; a world with her in it is going to do the right thing, I think." -Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org
100% of event proceeds benefit the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) Arias M. Brownback Memorial Scholarship Fund!
Our 10th annual Local Food Dinner will please the palette and have you coming back for seconds!
Goat Cheese & Beet Salad
Carrot & Butternut Squash Soup
Mushroom & Farro Dish
Chicken Pot Pie
-------About the Keynote Speaker-------
Writer, naturalist and activist Janisse Ray is author of four books of literary nonfiction and a collection of nature poetry. She is on the faculty of Chatham University's low-residency MFA program and is a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow.
She holds an MFA from the University of Montana, and in 2007 was awarded an honorary doctorate from Unity College in Maine.
Ray has won a Southern Booksellers Award for Poetry 2011, Southeastern Booksellers Award for Nonfiction 1999, an American Book Award 2000, the Southern Environmental Law Center 2000 Award for Outstanding Writing, and a Southern Book Critics Circle Award 2000. Ecology of a Cracker Childhood was a New York Times Notable Book and was chosen as the Book All Georgians Should Read.
Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, a memoir about growing up on a junkyard in the ruined longleaf pine ecosystem of the Southeast, was published by Milkweed Editions in 1999. Besides being a plea to protect and restore the glorious pine flatwoods of the South, the book looks hard at family, mental illness, poverty, and fundamentalist religion. Essayist Wendell Berry called the book "well done and deeply moving."
Anne Raver of The New York Times said of Janisse Ray, "The forests of the South find their Rachel Carson."
Ray's second book, "Wild Card Quilt: Taking a Chance on Home", about rural community, was published by Milkweed Editions in early 2003. The third, "Pinhook: Finding Wholeness in a Fragmented Land", the story of a 750,000-acre wildland corridor between south Georgia and north Florida, was published by Chelsea Green in 2005. "Drifting into Darien", a personal and natural history of the Altamaha River, was released in fall 2011. Her latest is a nonfiction book on open-pollinated seeds, "The Seed Underground" (Chelsea Green.)
Her first book of poetry, "A House of Branches", came out in 2010 from Wind Publication. Ray is also editor of "In One Place" and "Moody Forest", and co-editor of "Unspoiled and Between Two Rivers". She is anthologized widely.
She has been visiting professor at Coastal Carolina University, scholar-in-residence at Florida Gulf Coast University, and writer-in-residence at Keene State College and Green Mountain College. She was the John & Renee Grisham writer-in-residence 2003-04 at the University of Mississippi.
Ray attempts to live a simple, sustainable life on a farm in southern Georgia with her husband, Raven Waters. Ray is an organic gardener, seedsaver, tender of farm animals, and slow-food cook.
She lectures widely on nature, community, agriculture, wildness, sustainability and the politics of wholeness.
Holland Union Building, Dickinson College (View)
28 N. College Street
Carlisle, PA 17013