Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Elizabeth Henderson Visits RIT

Rochester's "local legend" Elizabeth Henderson, author of Sharing the Harvest: A Guide to Community Supported Agriculture and co-founder of the Genesee Valley Organic CSA (GVOCSA), visited RIT's Anthropology Global Econ class last Wednesday. Professor Kray was kind enough to invite me to sit in on the class. (See my previous post with information and photos from the GVOCSA's Peacework Farm.) Elizabeth presented a slideshow of images from Peacework Farm, provided students with an historical context to community supported agriculture, and discussed the logistics of starting and maintaining an organic farm. In response to a question about cost comparison between a retail grocer's produce and a year-long CSA membership, Elizabeth stated, "if you cook yourself, you'll spend less money. If you eat better, you'll be saving money on health problems later in life." As is shown in the photo above, Elizabeth highly recommended Shannon Hayes' book Radical Homemakers: Reclaiming Domesticity from a Consumer Culture. This was my first introduction to the book, so I look forward to checking it out.

Rochester locals can sign up for GVOCSA membership at an upcoming meeting on Saturday, March 6, from 2-4 PM, at the James P. B. Duffy School 12, 999 South Avenue, in Rochester. See the website for additional information.

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