The Farm of the Future is a series of deep dialogues that will gather diverse kinds of thinkers and doers to work together on opportunities to advance sustainable agriculture involving animal production for viable and humane food systems. These dialogues are a joint project of the Penn Veterinary School and the Weitzman School of Design at Penn, organized by PennPraxis, which supports design action and thought leadership to advance inclusion, innovation, and impact in communities that design doesn’t serve.
Seven high-energy conversations over a compact 2-month period will stimulate collaborative exploration of a range of exemplary projects, research streams, and strategies to increase animal health and the sustainability of agriculture, which are interconnected with the health of humans and the earth. We will study food systems, the design of leading teaching farms, and campuses for agricultural and veterinary colleges, biodiversity, soil carbon, water, and waste strategies, innovative and regenerative practices, and means of disseminating new knowledge. The topics support interdisciplinary conversation about The Farm of the Future in the United States, as well as ways that New Bolton Center, Penn Vet’s demonstration and teaching campus, can catalyze that future in Pennsylvania and beyond. Our dialogues will bring together faculty, students, stakeholders, farmers, agricultural innovators, ecologists, advocates and policymakers, and create an online educational library for people working to realize a sustainable future for farming.
The symposium will consist of seven 2-hour virtual sessions on Wednesday afternoons this fall. Each session will include distilled presentations by dynamic thought leaders on the day’s topic, followed by a 45-minute live discussion with the speakers. For all but the kickoff dialogue on September 30th, participants will have the option of reviewing material in advance of the live discussion at a time that best fits their schedule.
If you require any accessibility accommodation, such as live captioning, audio description, or a sign language interpreter, please email email@example.com to let us know what you need. Please note, we require at least 48 hours’ notice. If you register within 48 hours of an event, we won’t be able to secure the appropriate accommodations.
Session I: Food Systems Challenges and the Farm of the Future
September 30, 2020, 2:00–4:00pm
Live Session Only
Regional and Societal Challenges to Agricultural Sustainability
Russell Redding, Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture
Land Acknowledgement and Welcome
Chief Vincent Mann, Ramapough Lenape Nation Turtle Clan
Introduction to the Farm of the Future Project and the New Bolton Center
Wendell Pritchett, Provost, University of Pennsylvania
Andy Hoffman, Dean of School of Veterinary Medicine
Gary Althouse, Associate Dean of Sustainable Agriculture and Veterinary Practices
Margaret Leardi, Director of Development, Penn Vet
Food Systems Challenges
Marty Matlock, University of Arkansas The role of agriculture and food production in improving society and bringing sustainability to the forefront of the science of food, agriculture, and the environment
Catherine Brinkley, UC Davis The One Health sustainability paradigm and planning for healthy communities and food systems
Session II: Designing Places of Demonstration
October 7, 2020 2:00–4:00pm
Designing Places of Demonstration: Exemplary Projects + Practices