How land-grant universities can help redesign the food system

The School of Global Environmental Sustainability, CSU’s Food Systems, the College of Agricultural Sciences, and the Office of Engagement are hosting a guest lecture featuring Nancy Creamer, director of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems at North Carolina State University.

The lecture will be held Thursday, May 4, 1-2:30 p.m. in Lory Student Center Room 382.

Creamer is also a distinguished professor of Sustainable Agriculture and Community Based Food Systems at North Carolina State University, and a board member for USDA’s Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research. She was a member of the USDA Specialty Crops Advisory Committee, and has served as a consultant to the European Commission on funding and evaluation of European Union-wide organic agriculture research activities.

The Center for Environmental Farming Systems includes a 2,000-acre sustainable and organic agriculture research, outreach, and teaching facility, with programs statewide in local food systems development. In 2009 Creamer provided leadership for a statewide initiative engaging many diverse sectors and partners resulting in an action plan: From Farm to Fork, a Guide to Building North Carolina’s Sustainable Local Food Economy, and has spearheaded the development of many of the strategic initiatives identified in the report. In 2012, CEFS received one of the highest awards from the federal government: the USDA Secretary’s Honor Award for “assisting rural communities in creating prosperity so they are self-sustaining, repopulating, and economically thriving.”

Creamer was appointed by the North Carolina governor to the legislated NC Sustainable Local Foods Advisory Council in 2010. She was vice chair of the council through 2013, and currently serves as chair. In 2014, she was appointed as a founding board member for the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, which was allocated $200 million in the 2014 Farm Bill. She was recently appointed to the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities Food Security Commission.

Questions? Contact event organizer Becca Jablonski, assistant professor and food systems Extension economist in the Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics or visit the website for more information.