Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Wes Jackson at 2009 Annual Meeting

Renowned Agriculture Guru to Deliver Keynote Address for Rural Action

Mark your calendars for Rural Action’s 2009 Annual Meeting, which will be held on May 8 from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM at The Eclipse Company Store. We are also pleased to announce that this year our keynote speaker will be one of the leaders in the sustainable agriculture movement, Wes Jackson.

As the founder of The Land Institute in Salina, Kansas and a prolific author, Jackson has helped shape the current sustainability movement in agriculture both domestically and abroad. The millions of dollars worth of research that The Land Institute has conducted on developing a “natural model” of agriculture during the past 20 years has helped to inspire many of the current trends in sustainable agriculture.

In 1990, Mr. Jackson was named as a Pew Conservation Scholar; in 1992 he became a McArthur Fellow; and in 2000 he was honored with a Right Livelihood Award for his work on “practical and exemplary solutions to the most urgent challenges facing the world today." He is internationally recognized as one of the great thinkers in his field – one who has consistently fought for an equitable relationship between society and the environment.

His speech will help to highlight the amazing work of our Sustainable Agriculture program during the past year – as well as the work of dozens of other farmers and organizations throughout Appalachian Ohio. Whether supporting small-scale farmers, sourcing local food, and improving the quality of regional food systems – they are putting the principles of equitable farming and conservation into practice everyday.

Rural Action is both honored and privileged to welcome Mr. Jackson to our meeting in a few weeks. We hope that you will join us as we listen and learn together about issues of land and soil. The event is free and open to the public – so we encourage everyone who can to come out and support sustainable development in our region!

For more information on the 2009 Annual Meeting, visit our website. You can learn more about Wes Jackson and The Land Institute by visiting their website. You can also call our offices for more information (740.767.4938)

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