Gender and Food Panel Event

Williams College Sustainable Food and Agriculture Program

&  Williams College Women’s and Gender Studies Program


present: Gender and Food; Production & Consumption

A Panel Discussion

Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 7 pm

Griffin Hall 3 | 844 Main Street | Williamstown



Karen Washington, Member of Garden of Happiness, La Familia Verde Garden Coalition; Just Food City Farms Trainer; President of the NYC Community Garden Coalition; co-recipient of the 2010 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, awarded by Michelle Obama for her work on the NY Botanical Garden’s Bronx Green-Up program

Giovanna DiChiro, Ph.D.,Dr. Giovanna Di Chiro is Director of Environmental
Programs at Nuestras Raíces, Inc. and Research Associate at the Five
College Women’s Studies Research Center.  She has published widely on
the intersections of race, gender, and environmental justice with a
focus on women’s activism and policy change addressing environmental
health disparities in lower income communities.  She is co-editor of
the volume Appropriating Technology: Vernacular Science and Social
Power and is completing a book titled Embodied Ecologies: Science,
Politics, and Environmental Justice.  Her current work examines
environmental justice activists, reframing of the climate change debate
to focus on the local, bodily impacts of wide-scale environmental
problems like global warming.  Di Chiro collaborates with environmental
justice organizations to conduct community-based research on
environmental health concerns and on developing culturally relevant
sustainability initiatives.

Shannon Hayes, Ph.D. Author of Radical Homemakers: Reclaiming Domesticity from a Consumer Culture, The Grassfed Gourmet, and The Farmer and the Grill; Co-owner, Sap Bush Hollow Farm, Warnerville, NY

Elizabeth Smith, co-founder of Caretaker Farm in Williamstown, MA, ran the NOFA-organic certified commercial vegetable farm for 16 years. Converted to a CSA in 1990, Caretaker Farm provides vegetables, berries, herbs and flowers to 240 households from June – January and provides vegetables to the Berkshire Food Project.

Lisa MacDougall, farmer/owner of Mighty Food Farm in Pownal, VT, graduated from the UMass Amherst with a degree in plant, soil and insect sciences. In 2006 she established Mighty Food Farm, a CSA now in its fifth growing season.

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Presentations will be followed by a community discussion

Free and open to the public