Agricultural Consensus Meeting–Wednesday, March 19

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YOU ARE INVITED to participate in the Agriculture Consensus Meeting


Wednesday, March 19

7:30 – 9:00 pm

John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club of Newton, 675 Watertown Street

Participate in the LWVUS Agriculture Study. How would you answer these questions ?


The POLITICS of FOOD: You Are What You Eat

You are Invited!

The League of Women Voters Newton invites you to participate in the national League’s Agriculture study so we can advocate on VERY important issues that affect the quality of the food we eat.

LEARN about important issues such as food safety, food labeling and federal farm regulations. 

Attend a panel presentation on agriculture on March 12 and then participate in a consensus meeting on the questions posed by the national League’s Agriculture Study on March 19th.

When:              March 12  7:30 – 9:00 pm and March 19 7:30 – 9:00 pm

Where:        John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club of Newton, 675 Watertown Street

Who:               Our Knowledgeable Panel

Steve Goodwin, Dean of the College of Natural Resources at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Dean Goodwin joined the faculty in the Department of Microbiology in 1986 and focused his research on environmental microbiology and the use of microbes to produce biodegradable polymers. Dr. Goodwin received a BS in Zoology from the University of Maine, an MS in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia, and a PhD in Bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin. From 2001, Dr. Goodwin served as Dean and as Associate Dean for the former College of Natural Resources and the Environment prior to becoming CNS dean in 2009. He is active on the boards of many regional organizations, including Community Involved in Supporting Agriculture (CISA), the Northeastern Regional Association of State Agricultural Experiment Station Directors, and the Pioneer Valley Life Sciences Institute (PVLSI).

Greg Maslowe,   Farm Manager, Newton Community Farm

Greg has worked as an organic gardener for many years. He is accredited by the Northeast Organic Farmers Association (NOFA) as an organic land-care professional. He is also a doctoral student in Boston University’s Science, Philosophy, and Religion program. He studies environmental ethics, with an emphasis on agriculture. His dissertation examines the ethics of using genetically modified organisms in agriculture. Newton Community Farm is a model of sustainable farming and energy use.


The Politics of Food: A panel discussion by the Lexington LWV

Everyone has a personal relationship with food, but not everyone is aware of the politics and policies that surround the origins of our food and how it actually travels to our plates.  Recently, the State of Massachusetts awarded the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) a contract to create a state-wide food policy.

 So what is a food policy and why should we need one?  Will it affect our local farmers, our thriving farmer’s market and community based food programs?  Will it improve the quality of our food and the efficiency and fairness of food distribution?

 Please join the Lexington League of Women Voters Friday, February 7, for a lively panel discussion on this topic.  Our panelists include: Jim Wilson owner of Wilson Farm, Liz Connelly, co-founder of the Lexington Farmers Market and Kids Cooking Green, Charlie Radosolovich (the “Rad Urban Farmer”) and Lauren Yaffee, a Lexington farmer.

 This is the fifth in the series of 2013-2014 First Friday Forums hosted by the League of Women Voters of Lexington to promote awareness and understanding of public policy issues. Coffee will be available at 9:15 a.m.  and presentations will begin at 9:30 in the Community Meeting Room on the lower level of Cary Memorial Library, 1874 Massachusetts Avenue. For more information or to carpool, contact the League at 781-863-1733. All League forums are open to the public at no charge.

LWVN Dinner for Elected Officials–Now on January 21st

As a “thank you” to our elected officials, LWVN was to provide a light supper on Tuesday evening, January 21, shortly before Mayor Warren’s State of the City address.  However, Mother Nature did not cooperate, and so the address was postponed due to a snow storm, as was the short Board of Aldermen meeting that was to follow.  As a result, the supper will be available tonight, Wednesday, January 22, before Board of Aldermen committee meetings at City Hall.  

Our thanks to City Clerk David Olson and his staff for their help in organizing the dinner (on both nights) and to our elected officials for their time and commitment to our community.  LWVN looks forward to working with everyone in the next term to make Newton an even better place to live.

Thanks to our hardy and intrepid LWVN volunteers Jo Corro, Andrea Kozinetz, Lynn Scheller, Sharyn Roberts, Tami Roberts, and Ellen Glusman for their help in organizing the evening and for braving the weather!

LWV Wellesley “Pricing Carbon” Event on YouTube

For those who missed LWV Wellesley’s event last week on carbon tax, here is a link to YouTube video:  LWV Wellesley Event: Pricing Carbon.  

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