Harvard Divinity School is pleased to host a conference on “The Spirit of Sustainable Agriculture,” from March 31-April 1, 2016.
It has been more than ninety years since Rudolf Steiner offered his Agriculture Course, seventy-five since Sir Albert Howard published An Agricultural Testament, and almost forty since Wendell Berry published The Unsettling of America.
Concepts such as agroecology, biodynamics, permaculture, food miles, food deserts, food justice, and local food have all proliferated in both popular and scholarly venues over the past ten to fifteen years. Such a sustainable agriculture gestalt is vibrant and worthy of more sustained discussion and critical attention. In this spirit, “The Spirit of Sustainable Agriculture” aims to bring together farmers, religious and spiritual leaders, and academics, respectively, to join in a robust and stimulating discussion about the spirit of sustainable agriculture, delineating its past, celebrating and investigating its present, and theorizing its future.
Nigel Savage of Hazon will offer the keynote address.
Dear participants in the Spirit of Sustainable Agriculture conference,
We regret to announce that Winona LaDuke, who was scheduled to be one of our two keynote speakers, will not be able to attend the conference due to responsibilities related to an upcoming tribal election. All other conference activities will go forward as planned, including the keynote by Nigel Savage and more than fifty workshops and paper sessions. We are sorry for any inconvenience that may result from this change.
The following organizations are co-sponsors of the conference:
Anathoth Community Farm
Black Permaculture Network
Come to the Table: A Project of RAFI-USA
Earth Activist Network
Fundacao Mokiti Okada
Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology
Institute for Mindful Agriculture
Interfaith Food and Farms Partnership of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon
Interfaith Sustainable Food Collaborative
Occupy the World Food Prize
Permaculture Institute of Eastern Ontario
Sustainable Living Department of Maharishi University of Management