Philip Ackerman-Leist, author of A Precautionary Tale, featuring the photographs of Douglas Gayeton
Saturday, January 27, 2018, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Join us for a pop-up photography show featuring Douglas Gayeton and a meet & greet with Philip Ackerman-Leist discussing his latest book, A Precautionary Tale. Philip, who is also the author of Rebuilding the Foodshed and Up Tunket Road, is a professor at Green Mountain College, where he established the college’s farm and sustainable agriculture curriculum, directs its Farm & Food Project, and founded its Master of Science in Sustainable Food Systems, the nation’s first online graduate program in food systems, featuring applied comparative research of students’ home bioregions. He and his wife, Erin, farmed in the South Tyrol region of the Alps and North Carolina before beginning their nineteen-year homesteading and farming venture in Pawlet, Vermont. With more than two decades of field experience working on farms, in the classroom, and with regional food systems collaborators, Philip’s work is focused on examining and reshaping local and regional food systems from the ground up.
Mals, Italy, has long been known as the breadbasket of the Tyrol. But recently the tiny town became known for something else entirely. A Precautionary Tale tells us why, introducing readers to an unlikely group of activists and a forward-thinking mayor who came together to ban pesticides in Mals by a referendum vote—making it the first place on Earth to accomplish such a feat, and a model for other towns and regions to follow.
Douglas Gayeton co-founded the Lexicon of Sustainability in 2009 and continues to guide the project from a series of barns on the goat farm near Petaluma, California, where he and his wife and co-founder Laura are supported by an amazing team of passionate lexicographers, researchers, artists, filmmakers and sustainability experts. Their production company, RUMPLEFARM, produces the Lexicon of Sustainability™. Douglas is an information architect, filmmaker, photographer and writer. He has created award-winning work at the boundaries of traditional and converging media since the early 90’s. He is the director of the KNOW YOUR FOOD series for PBS, and author of both SLOW: Life in a Tuscan Town, and the recently released Local: The New Face of Food & Farming in America.
This program will take place in the CUESA Classroom (under the white tents in front of the Ferry Building) and is free and open to the public. Philip’s book will be available for sale.