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  •  Food for Thought: Building a Sustainable Food System

    Wednesday, October 26
    Benson California Mission Room

    In conjunction with California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF), the Food and Agribusiness Insistute is pleased to present our first Food for Thought speaker panel of the school year.  Topics include the history of the organics movement, the “Dirty Dozen” campaign targeting the top 12 worst pesticides used in agriculture, and different strategies to build and maintain sustainable food systems.

    The speaker panel will be feature:
    Bob Scowcroft- founder of the Organic Farming Research Foundation
    Monica Moore- founder of Pesticide Action Network


  •  Napa Valley Wine Tour and Tasting

    Join Santa Clara Univesity’s Food & Agribusiness Institute for an all day excursion through Napa Valley.  Meet us in front of Lucas Hall at 8:30 AM on Saturday, October 15 to board the bus that will take us up to wine country.  At our first stop, we will tour the Portocork America cork production facility to learn about the business aspects of the cork industry.  We will then enjoy a specially prepared lunch at Robert Mondavi Winery.  After lunch, Winemaker Richard Arnold will lead a tour of the winery and vineyards and conclude with a wine tasting. We will return at approximately 5:30 PM.

    General Admission: $40
    Early Bird Special: $35 (register by Sept. 27)
    *all registration closes on October 3 due to reservation purposes

    If you are interested in attending, please register here to purchase your ticket!

  •  Business of Beer: Gordon Biersch

    Speaker Dan Gordon, founder of Gordon Biersch
    Wednesday, November 9
    de Saisset Museum Auditorium
    6 PM Presentation open to all
    7 PM Tasting (21+)
    This event is currently at capacity. 
    If you would like to view the presentation, click here for a live stream.

    Join SCU’s Food & Agribusiness Institute in welcoming guest speaker Dan Gordon, founder of Gordon Biersch for a presentation about the behind the scenes aspects of the business of beer.   After the talk, there will be a free sampling session of a few varieties of Gordon Biersch lagers.

    For a bio of Dan Gordon, click here.

    For more information, contact FAI at, or call Erika French-Arnold at 408-554-5173.


  •  4th Annual Hunger Issues Forum

    Friday, September 9th, 2011

    Registration: 8:30AM
    Program & Lunch: 9AM-1:30PM

    Locatelli Student Activity Center
    Santa Clara University

    RSVP Online

    On Friday, September 9th, the Food and Agribusiness Institute is pleased to once again sponsor and host the 4th Annual Hunger Issues Forum in collaboration with Second Harvest Food Bank.

    The event is free; space is limited.

    Featured speakers include:

    • Dr. Drew Starbird, Dean, Leavey School of Business
    • Dennis Jacobs, Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs, SCU
    • Kathy Jackson, Chief Executive Officer, Second Harvest Food Bank
    • Dennis Stewart, Regional Director of US Department of Agriculture
    • Mike Harwood, Professor, Food & Agribusiness Institute, SCU
    • Dannielle Campos, Senior Vice President and National Philanthropy Program Manager
    • Cindy McCown, Second Harvest Food Bank

    Keynote Presentation:
    Lunch and Conversation with Ambassador Tony P. Hall, Executive Director for the Alliance to End Hunger, Former U.S. Congressman, and U.S. Ambassador to the UN agencies for food and agriculture.

    The Hunger Issues Forum is a one-day event for current (and aspiring) Hunger-Free Community Organizers.  It will address food access, healthy eating and highlight trends such as hunger among families, children, and seniors.  The Forum is designed to spark conversation and action to strengthen our community's safety net.  Learn about emerging trends in local hunger through the 2010 Hunger Index from Drew Starbird, Ph.D., Dean of the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University.  If you are passionate about closing the meal gap, this is the place for you.

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