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Explore sustainable food systems in new ANR webinar series

Inmates eating at California State Prison Solano

California State Prison Solano resident Patrick Range (center) eating a local Bartlett pear.

Join the University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) Sustainable Food Systems Strategic Initiative Panel for a free, two-part webinar series on emerging issues within the food system.

Register for both events here

Harvesting Solutions: A Trio of Perspectives on Addressing Food Waste from Field to Fork

Feb. 22, 10 – 11:30 a.m. PT
Explore insights on factors influencing food loss and waste, delve into innovative recycling techniques and explore statewide initiatives targeting household food waste. Experts in postharvest handling, food waste recycling and community education will share research findings and strategies. Don’t miss this dynamic trio of talks aimed at cultivating a more sustainable food system!

  • “An overview of food waste in fruits and vegetables”
    Deirdre Holcroft, Founder, Holcroft Postharvest Consulting
  • “Exploring means to extract embodied energy and lower greenhouse gas emissions in food waste recycling”
    Michael Cohen, Organic Materials Management and Agri-Food Systems Advisor, UC ANR
  • “The opportunities in statewide programs in reducing household food waste: Results from UC ANR household food practice needs assessment”
    Yu Meng, Youth Family and Community Advisor, UC ANR

Moderator: Mary Lu Arpaia, Extension Specialist/Professor of Extension in Subtropical Horticulture, Department of Botany and Plant Sciences, UC Riverside

Farm to Corrections: Cultivating Justice through Nutrition and Gardening Initiatives

Feb. 29, 10 – 11:30 a.m. PT
Explore innovative initiatives by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in collaboration with the Nutrition Policy Institute and Impact Justice, including a “Harvest of the Month” program to increase access to fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables and trauma-informed nutrition workshops. Uncover the impact of UC’s Master Gardener’s projects on rehabilitation and workforce development.

  • “Produce during and after prison: Increasing justice-impacted individuals’ access to CA-grown produce and nutrition education”
    Carolyn Chelius, Project Policy Analyst, Nutrition Policy Institute, UC ANR
    Lance Eshelman, Departmental Food Administrator, Division of Adult Institutions, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
    Heile Gantan, Senior Program Associate, Impact Justice
  • “Master Gardener’s Prison Gardens Projects”
    Missy Gable, Director, UC Master Gardener Program

Moderator: Danielle Lee, Director of Communications & Research Engagement, Nutrition Policy Institute, UC ANR

Visit the event website to register now!


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