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  •  Food for Thought Speaker Series: Seed Matters

    Planting the Foundation of a Sustainable Food Future

    Featuring Matthew Dillon, advisor to Clif Bar Family Foundation SEED MATTERS and founder of Organic Seed Alliance (OSA)

    Monday, May 9th
    12 p.m.
    Forbes Family Conference Center
    Lucas Hall, Room 126

    Lunch provided; RSVP required by 5/4

    As we face today’s challenges –– climate change, environmental degradation, shrinking natural resource base, and an expanding population –– the development of seed resources and improved ecological approaches in farming will play an increasingly important role in our food future. Organic food systems not only feed the world more safely, they also provide multiple solutions to the global environmental, economic, and social challenges we face. Organic has been a success story with tangible benefits - producing high quality crops, contributing to the development of food self-sufficiency, and the viability of family farms and rural communities who have been in crisis for decades. So much already has been accomplished with so little investment in research, resources, and infrastructure relative to conventional agriculture. The benefits of organic farming will expand exponentially as research and education increase. Seed is the first critical link in improving our sustainable food future, and as such investment in organic seed systems is a priority. Clif Bar Family Foundation has launched "Seed Matters" to increase research funding, advocacy, and education on the benefits of organic seed systems for a sustainable food future.

    Sponsored by the Food & Agribusiness Institute.

    Cosponsored by the Office of Sustainability, Bronco Urban Gardens, and the Environmental Studies Institute.

  •  Canceled: Annual Alumni & Friends Picnic

    Regretfully, the FAI Alumni and Friends Picnic has been canceled due to lower than expected ticket sales.  Please join us for the always popular Harvest Dinner on Saturday, October 22, 2011.

  •  Immersion Trip to Costa Rica and Nicaragua

    Interested in joining us for a 12 day immersion to Costa Rica and Nicaragua?

    Download the application online

    We are still accepting applications!

    Immersion trip is scheduled for June 27 – July 7, 2011

    Sponsored by the Food and Agribusiness Institute and the Leavey School of Business
    All undergraduate freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are welcome to apply!

    All participants will be required to register for and attend a 2-unit lecture series that will take place during spring 2011. 

    BUSN 151 FHPE (Food, Hunger, Poverty, Environment) Immersion

    The course blends short lectures, guided discussions and reflections and a 12-day immersion in Costa Rica and Nicaragua interacting with local people of diverse backgrounds for experiential active learning. The goal is to increase students’ understanding of the role of business in the developing world and to explore the role of business in alleviating poverty through economic development and the pursuit of social justice.

    For more information, contact Jessica Gagnon by email or by phone 408-554-4086

    Visit the Food and Agribusiness Institute online

  •  The Business Of Bread

    Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

    Claudia Pruett, SCU  BS '83 and MBA '87, will discuss her experience as an entrepreneur, author, and chef.  Enjoy a family-style Italian meal and watch Claudia's cooking demonstration as she shares her story.

    Claudia is a published author, focaccia entrepreneur, professional chef, busy mom and active community volunteer. Whether cooking for VIP's like George Clooney or VNP's (very normal people,) Claudia celebrates her Italian heritage by sharing her culinary passion   She is a founding partner of A Tavola Together - a culinary production company that promotes cooking and eating together and A Tavola Together Foundation - an educational organization that promotes healthy cooking and eating to school-age children.

    Williman Room, Benson Center
    6 p.m. Lecture and Dinner

    Book signing to follow

    RSVP by Friday, April 8th

    The Business of Speaker Series
    The Business of Speaker Series is sponsored by the Food and Agribusiness Institute in the Leavey School of Business and features executives and entrepreneurs working within a particularly food industry or working with a particular food product.  The lectures offer insight into the unique benefits and challenges for those working within the business of the featured industry.

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