Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Talkin' bout Making Culture: Community Supported Agriculture in Michigan

Marty Heller is "Talkin' bout Making Culture: Community Supported Agriculture in Michigan"
Thursday, May 15th, 7:00 pm

Organic farmer and keynote speaker on local food issues from last fall's Great Lakes Bioneers Conference, Marty Heller will join us to show and discuss his 25-minute documentary video "Talkin' bout Making Culture: Community Supported Agriculture in Michigan," and follow up with a question and answer session. Information about Antrim County CSAs will be available.

County Board of Commissioners Room, 2nd floor of the Antrim County Building, 205 E Cayuga, Bellaire. Donations appreciated. Sponsored by Antrim County Farm Market and MSU Cooperative Extension. For more information call 533-9163.

Marty has committed the past ten years of his life to building sustainable, local food systems in Michigan. A product of a traditional farming community in southeast Michigan, Marty broke away from his agrarian roots to pursue a BS in chemical engineering from Michigan State and a PhD, also in chemical engineering, at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Disillusioned by the pharmaceutical biotechnology industry he was trained to join, he traveled to India in 1998 and used some of that biotechnology training to support campaigns against genetic engineering in agriculture. He has worked as a researcher with the Center for Sustainable Systems at University of Michigan and the C.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems at MSU. Marty and partner Michelle Ferrarese spent the 2006 growing season on a bicycle tour of CSA farms in Michigan and they are creating a documentary video from the trip. Marty and Michelle have recently moved to a farm in southeast Leelanau County where they are starting their own CSA farm.

Marty's other passions include cooking food and playing music, which came together on a food-inspired recording project called Something Fresh.

1 comment:

turtlewoman said...

I read an article w/pics. about Marty and Michelle and their bicycle tour of CSA's. Great article. Sure do wish I could be there tomorrow night for their presentation.

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