Posted on February 03, 2017, BY Matthew Beltz

Bucknell University will host "Sowing Change: Promoting Food Access Through Gardening," a conference on community gardening, on Friday, Feb. 17. Primarily intended for people from campus and community gardens that focus on addressing food insecurity and community organizations that promote food access, this event is open to any member of the public and will feature a day's worth of programming with several guest speakers and panelists.

Bucknell is hosting this event along with Susquehanna University. It will be held in the Walls Lounge inside the Elaine Langone Center. There is no charge for students to attend. Registration fees for other individuals are listed below.

$25 - Faculty/staff from Campus Compact member institutions
$40 - Faculty/staff from non-Campus Compact member institutions
$15 - Community partners (limit 3 per organization

Registration is limited to the first 100 registrants. Questions regarding payment can be directed to Michele Lowrey at 717-796-5072 ext. 1. For general questions about the conference, contact Kyle Bray, assistant director of service-learning, at 570-577-3928.

The conference schedule is listed below.

  • 8–9 a.m. - Registration and light breakfast
  • 9–9:15 a.m. - Welcome and introduction to the project - Kyle Bray, Bucknell Office of Civic Engagement; Pam Frontino, Susquehanna Office of Leadership and Engagement
  • 9:15–9:45 a.m. - Opening Plenary - Joe Arthur, executive director, Central PA Food Bank Bank
  • 9:45–10 a.m. - Break
  • 10–11:30 a.m. - Panel Session - Alissa Packer, Susquehanna biology; Mark Spiro, Bucknell biology; Joe Arthur, Central PA Food Bank; Sara Lauver, Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way; Jennifer Partica, East Snyder community garden
  • 11:30–noon - Break
  • Noon–1 p.m. - Lunch and keynote - Alan Jennings, executive director, Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley
  • 1–1:15 p.m. - Break
  • 1:15–2 p.m. - Student and community partner poster session (Arches Lounge)
  • 2–3:30 p.m. - Networking and next steps session (small and large group discussion using the World Cafe model)

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