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Sunday, March 15 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Small Farms Can Feed Lots of People: A How-To

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Currently less than 2% of the food that people buy in Austin is from small farmers. Nationwide, farmers markets are the fastest growing way that people are buying their food. There are a number of small farms in the Austin area that need support to survive and to continue bringing fresh food to the local people. Conversations about these topics are important to inspire people to be part of the movement in the community outside their front door.
To have this conversation in a public forum is a meaningful way to educate and excite the public, as well as connect those who are already committed. The production and consumption of food is related to all of the major environmental problems the planet faces as population grows and the climate warms. Only if people at large make changes together can we make a difference, so we hope to both educate and engage with this panel.This panel will focus on Austin, but can be applied to communities and food systems around the U.S.

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Nathan Heath

Farmer/Owner, Phoenix Farms
Nathan Heath is co-owner with his wife Shayda and mother, Cindy, of Phoenix Farms in Bastrop, TX. Together with their two young children they have farmed the 11 acres since 2010. Over the past four years Phoenix Farms has developed a reputation for providing unique and high quality... Read More →
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Sam Hellman-Mass

Chef/Owner, Odd Duck
Sam Hellman-Mass is the co-founder of both Barley Swine and Odd Duck, two of Austin’s critically-acclaimed and most popular restaurants. A James Beard Award semi-finalist for Rising Star Chef of the Year in 2015, Hellman-Mass currently works as a chef and food buyer at Odd Duck... Read More →
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Robyn Metcalfe

Director, The Food Lab at UT, UT Food Lab
Dr. Robyn Metcalfe is the founder and director of The Food Lab at The University of Texas at Austin, an innovative project that explores the future of our food system. Her wide ranging background include writing and production for Sunset Magazine, authoring two non-fiction books... Read More →
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Andrew Smiley

Deputy Dir, Sustainable Food Center
Andrew has nearly 20 years experience working in sustainable agriculture and food systems. He is the former Executive Director of Baton Rouge Economic and Agricultural Development Alliance and is an active supporter of sustainable food systems throughout the country. Andrew has worked... Read More →

Sunday March 15, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
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