FOOD WEEK October 17–October 29
Focused around national Food Day on October 24, Food Week at Williams is a time for the campus community to think about the significance of food and agriculture. In addition to a full program of events on campus involving student organizations, academic departments, and Williams Dining, Food Week programming also extends to activities at Mt. Greylock Regional High School, the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation at Sheep Hill, and Wild Oats Market. Click here to view the full schedule in a poster format.
- WCMA AT NIGHT: Pulse of Place
5:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m., Williams College Museum of Art
Featuring Cricket Creek Farm grilled cheese sandwiches!
- FILM SCREENING: Fresh
7:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
Location: 210 Paresky
Post-film discussion 8:30 p.m.–9:00 p.m. Learn about people re-inventing the food system.
- DISCUSSION DINNER: Eco-journalism
5:00 p.m.–6:15 p.m., Spice Root
Join local eco-journalist Judith Schwartz for dinner to talk the trade of writing and publishing ecologically focused journalism. Register with Brent at email@example.com; space is very limited
- LECTURE: Judith Schwartz, “Cows Save the Planet”
6:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m., Griffin Hall, Room 3
Agriculture causes ecological problems, but it also presents solutions.
In Cows Save the Planet, journalist Judith Schwartz looks at soil as a crucible for our many overlapping environmental, economic, and social crises. She reveals that for many of these problems—climate change, desertification, biodiversity loss, droughts, floods, wildfires, rural poverty, malnutrition, and obesity—our ability to turn these crises into opportunities depends on how we treat the soil.
Listen to a recent interview with the author: http://n.pr/19Uc2lI
- POTLUCK: Real Food Potluck and Stories
7:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m., Henze Lounge, in Paresky
To join a cooking group or share a story, e-mail Lucy at ljb1.
- REAL FOOD STRESSBUSTERS
Real Food snacks mean stress relief!
8:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m., Goodrich Hall
Thursday 10/24 [Food Day!]
- VENDOR FAIR
11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m., Paresky Great Hall
Meet 12 food suppliers to Williams, including Nitty Gritty Grain Company and Gammelgården Creamery.
- SQUASH ANIMAL PETTING ZOO at vendor fair
Children from the Williams Children’s Center present their creations.
- LOCAL FOOD DINNER at all dining halls
Williams Dining features MSC-certified Cod, Vermont Bean Crafters burgers, Peace Valley Farm fingerling potatoes, Winter Sun Farms Dilly Beans, and much more! If you like it, please fill out a comment card. To see a list of local foods used in this meal, view this poster.
- DINNER DISCUSSION: Dr. Rebecca Nelson, plant pathologist from Cornell University, speaks informally about international agricultural development Come with your questions about food security, poverty alleviation, and international aid. Register for this special meal with Brent Wasser at firstname.lastname@example.org.
6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m., Driscoll upstairs lounge
- LECTURE: Dr. Rebecca Nelson presents “Understanding disease resistance in maize: genetic architecture, QTL and pleiotropic effects”
1:10 p.m.–2:15 p.m., Thompson Biology Lab 112
- WILLIAMS AFTER DARK: Local pumpkin night
8:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m., Paresky
Carve pumpkins from Lakeview Orchard
- PIE DAY!
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., American Legion Kitchen
Do you want to make a pie? Then sign up for a 90-minute time slot to make your favorite recipe using local and seasonal ingredients. Everything will be provided: pie tins, ingredients, oven, and technical advice. All pies will be entered in the Pie Potluck and People’s Choice Award at Sheep Hill. For full information and to sign up for a slot, visit the form at http://bit.ly/19BTB1i. Register by 10/24.
- PIE POTLUCK & PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD
6:30 p.m.–9:00 p.m., Sheep Hill
Michael Menard, Williams Bakeshop lead baker, will demonstrate how to make the perfect pie crust. Entry is $3.00, but the event is free if you bring a pie. A van will leave from the American Legion at 6:00 p.m. and will make multiple trips, if necessary.
- WILD OATS FARMER PANEL DISCUSSION
8:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m., St. John’s Church
Four local farmers discuss the business of sustainable farming. This event is open to students, who need not be Wild Oats members to attend. Snacks served.
Fall 2013 Schedule of EventsLaurey Masterton This event is canceled; please check back here later for a possible rescheduled date.
The Brilliance of Honeybees!
September 10, 6:30 p.m.
Griffin Hall, Room 3
Chef and beekeeper Laurey Masterton of North Carolina will speak about keeping bees and her new book, The Fresh Honey Cookbook.
Laurey Masterson is a beekeeper, café owner, caterer, and chef/spokesperson for The National Honey Board. Through her speaking engagements, cooking demonstrations, and classes, she is constantly in front of large audiences enthusiastically teaching the benefits of using and eating local ingredients including honey. She grew up in Vermont and now lives in North Carolina where she runs Laurey’s Café.
The evening will include a tasting of locally produced honey.
Robin Gimm Aesthetic Edibles & Polluted Paintings Reception: September 13, 4:00 p.m. Show: September 13–September 27 ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance atrium
Robin Gimm ’14 was the artist-in-residence at the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives during summer 2013. She presents botanical line drawings and acrylic paintings in an effort to to give visual form to abstracted ideas of sustainability. Cricket Creek Farm grilled cheese sandwiches will be served.
In Aesthetic Edibles, Gimm highlights the inherent beauty of plants in detailed ink drawings of common garden varieties.
In Polluted Paintings, she addresses a variety of environmental and sustainability concerns, including climate change, food, water pollution, and biodiversity, by reinterpreting famous artwork as if it was created in a polluted world.
Student Apple Picking at Lakeview Orchard
September 29, 9:00 a.m.
Leave from Chapin Steps
Space is limited!
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Cameo, Macoun, Macintosh, Ida Red, Pink Lady, Honeycrisp, and more! Take in crisp fall air as you hunt through the many varieties at Lakeview Orchard. Prune plums are also expected.
Berkshire Grown Holiday Farmers’ Markets
Sunday, November 24
Sunday, December 15
10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Towne Field House
Shop at the largest farmers’ markets of the year at these two holiday events. Live music and children’s activities add to the atmosphere created by over 35 local farmers selling the best of this year’s harvest for your holiday meals and gifts.
Winter study 2014: space is very limited!
SPEC 27 Snowed-in on a Vermont farm: Understanding Patterns in a Community Through Food (Same as ENVI 27)
The residency at Green Mountain Girls Farm in Northfield, Vermont emphasizes the intersection of agriculture, community, and environment. Students will stay at this small diversified farm for one week engaging in farm life, developing a sense of place, and indentifying patterns evident on the farm and in the immediate community. Days structured around farm chores, interpretive tours, hands-on workshops, and guest lectures will draw on pre-departure readings. The themes of these scheduled activities include permaculture design, cooking, forestry, and community development.
Pre-departure sessions: January 6 and January 10
Dates of residency at Green Mountain Girls Farm: January 12-January 19
Post-residency sessions: January 20 and January 22
Prerequisites: none; not open to first-year students.
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