Urban Agriculture Summit to Include Film Screening, Farm Tour

Virginia’s second Urban Agriculture Summit will feature a screening of the documentary Growing Cities: A Film About Urban Farming in America and tours of the nonprofit urban farm Lynchburg Grows.

Most of the event will be held April 15 and 16 at the Holiday Inn Lynchburg. The movie will be shown April 14 at Randolph College.

Virginia’s first lady, Dorothy McAuliffe, will speak at the summit’s opening lunch, and speakers from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality will address “Fostering Urban Agriculture through Brownfield Redevelopment” that afternoon.

The April 16 agenda will feature panel discussions on the health, nutritional and social aspects of urban agriculture; urban food systems and opportunities for economic development; and urban agriculture and city governments.

Registration is $75 for two days or $50 for one day, and participants can register or print a registration form to mail at http://events.SignUp4.com/UrbanAgSummit2014.

Organizers of the summit are Centra; the Federation of Virginia Food Banks; Lynchburg Grows; Shalom Farms; the Society of St. Andrew; Virginia Cooperative Extension; the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services; the Virginia Department of Health; Virginia Farm Bureau Federation; the Virginia Food System Council; the Virginia Foundation for Agriculture Innovation & Rural Sustainability; and Virginia’s Region 2000 Partnership Local Government Council.

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