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March Lectrure: Models for Sustainable Agriculture: Farming and Transport

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March Lectrure: Models for Sustainable Agriculture:  Farming and Transport

Time: March 20, 2014 from 7pm to 8:30pm
Location: The Beacon Sloop Club
Street: 2 Red Flynn Dr
City/Town: Beacon
Website or Map:
Phone: (845) 463-4660 or, (914) 879-1082
Event Type: free, lecture
Organized By: Alan Thomas ans Steve van der Merwe
Latest Activity: Mar 9, 2014

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Event Description

The Beacon Sloop Club will present, Models for Sustainable Agriculture:  Farming and Transport, with organic farmer and author Keith Stewart and Vermont Sail Freight Project founder Erik Andrus on Thursday, March 20th  at 7:00 pm.

     Today’s small farmer has to compete in a market dominated by large agribusinesses, government subsidies, and petro-chemicals. A good portion of the damage conventional agriculture does to society and the environment is through our corporation-dominated distribution systems.

     Mr. Stewart will discuss how small organic farmers offer a high quality alternative to the large-scale, chemical-intensive, monoculture of the corporate dominated food chain.

Mr. Andrus will show how his sailing barge Ceres offers a model for an efficient regional food distributor connecting farmers with markets on the Champlain-Hudson Waterway.

    Keith Stewart was born and grew up in New Zealand. He holds a masters degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.  He turned to organic farming at age 42, and never looked back. Keith is the author of: It's a Long Road to a Tomato: Tales of an Organic Farmer Who Quit the Big City for the (Not So) Simple Life

and Storey’s Guide to Growing Organic Vegetables and Herbs for Market.

    Erik Andrus, a farmer in Ferrisburgh, Vermont, interested in low-tech approaches to food and energy issues. The Vermont Sail Freight Project originated out of his farm’s commitment to resilient food systems and grew into the idea of a small, producer-owned craft sailing goods to market.

     This free event will be held at the Beacon Sloop Club, 2 Flynn Dr., Beacon, NY (adjacent to the harbor). In the event on inclement weather check the website at For further information call, (845) 463-4660 or, (914) 879-1082.

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