Food Symposium

Thanks to all who participated in the 2016 Food Systems Studies Symposium and Workshop April 7th and 8th.   We were excited to have so many diverse perspectives and efforts present.  We have identified several next steps which include:

  • hosting a meet-and-greet for all interested parties in late August (stay tuned for details)
  • forming a larger, more diverse planning committee
  • seeking more formal upper-level endorsement for continuing these discussions and planning efforts
  • reaching out to individuals regarding developing sub-committees to pursue some of the ideas that were submitted at the end of the workshop

We hope you were energized by the possibilities that emerged from the workshop and that you remain interested in contributing to the further development of Food Systems efforts on our campus and beyond.   If you would like to be part of the Food Systems Initiative or included on email distribution, please email and request to be added to the listserv.




Invited Speakers

Peggy Barlett, Faculty Liaison to the Office of Sustainability Initiatives, Department of Anthropology, Emory University

Peggy focuses her research on sustainability in higher education as a tangible arena in which to understand and enact sustainable development more generally.  She has written and edited several books, including "Urban Place:Reconnections with the Natural World".

Tom Kelly, Founding Executive Director, Sustainability Institute, University of New Hampshire

Dr. Kelly collaborates with faculty, staff, students, and community members in the development of policies, programs, and practices related to the Sustainability Institute's four educational initiatives in biodiversity, climate. culture, and food.

Jane Kolodinsky, Former Chair, University Food System Initiative Steering Committee and Chair, Department of Community development and Applied Economics, University of Vermont.

Jane is passionate about applied economics - application of the concepts of demand, consumer behavior, and marketing principles to improve wellbeing.  As Department Chair, she oversees a breadth of majors, minors, and degree programs including community entrepreneurship, applied design, green building and community design; and community development and applied economics.

Workshop Materials: Link to the flyer      Symposium Program   Workshop Program

Link to the UKnow Article here

 The Symposium is a collaboration between the TFISE Food Systems Initiative and UK Food Connection and is co-sponsored by the UK Sustainability Challenge Grant.  



Team Development Tour

Initiated in August, 2013, the initial meetings of the TFISE Food Systems Initiative have been focused on developing a mission statement and a core group of interested faculty representing a campus-wide, intercollegiate scope. We are now at the early stages of developing a core leadership team, and creating short- and long-term plans of work. Given our relatively new committee status, and our need for leadership and vision development, we will conduct a Team Development Study Tour, focused on engaging with food systems scholars from diverse disciplines in the northeastern US, culminating in attendance of the annual Food Systems Summit and the Association for the Study of Food and Society/Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society (ASFA-AFHVS) joint conference in Burlington, VT.


The goals of the Team Development Study Tour include:

  • Developing a cohesive leadership team with shared vision and responsibilities.
  • Being educated and inspired by collaborative, interdisciplinary food systems activities around the country.
  • Developing a short- and long-term draft work plan crafted during the study tour, to be shared with the full TFISE Food Systems Initiative for further input and refinement at the August, 2014 committee meeting.

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