As part of the Environmental Stewardship Lecture Series, Dr. Terri Jett will give her talk entitled, “Food Connects Us All,” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 23, at the Ogle Center in Hanover College.
Everyone needs to eat, and where and how food is grown complicates the idea that there is sharp line between urban and rural. Many urban and suburban dwellers enjoy farm-to-table restaurants, shop at farmers markets or subscribe to community supported agriculture programs that deliver fresh, healthy food, including fruits and vegetables picked at their peak. Such programs give a face to farmers and literally connect urban eaters to rural growers. Then again, in recent years, urban communities themselves have planted gardens inside city lines, confounding the image we might have that farms are rural and cities are concrete jungles. All of this work is set against the backdrop of a food justice movement that works to eradicate food deserts and food insecurity and increase access to healthy food in rural, suburban and urban areas.