“The Changing Role of American Farmers” A Panel Discussion with Fred Kirschenmann, Verlyn Klinkenborg, Mary-Howell Martens & Lisa M. Hamilton

McNally Jackson Books Presents: "The Changing Role of American Farmers"

A Panel Discussion with Fred Kirschenmann, Verlyn Klinkenborg, Mary-Howell Martens & Lisa M. Hamilton

New York, N.Y.—McNally Jackson Books in New York City presents an evening with leading American agricultural writers, thinkers, and farmers on Wednesday, September 30 at 7 pm. Moderator Lisa M. Hamilton, author of the recently published “Deeply Rooted: Unconventional Farmers in the Age of Agribusiness,” will be joined by organic pioneer Fred Kirschenmann, a Distinguished Fellow at the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University and President of Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, New York; the New York Times’ Verlyn Klinkenborg, author of “The Rural Life”; and New York farmer Mary-Howell Martens. Over the past decade, our relationship to food and how it’s grown has transformed. But what about our relationship to the people who grow it? There is hope in the legions of new, young, and urban farmers cropping up around the United States, and yet overall, our country’s agricultural community is shrinking by the day. The panel will discuss how the role of farmers in our society and in our lives is shifting, and what still needs to change in order to bring about a truly sustainable food system.

A longtime leader in the sustainable agriculture movement, Fred Kirschenmann is a third-generation farmer and oversees management of his family’s 3,500-acre certified organic farm in south central North Dakota.

Verlyn Klinkenborg is the author of books including “Making Hay,” “The Last Fine Time,” and “The Rural Life.” In addition to serving on the New York Times editorial board, he has written for magazine including The New Yorker, Harper’s, Esquire, National Geographic, and Gourmet.

Mary-Howell Martens farms 1,600 acres of certified organic grain crops in the Finger Lakes region of New York. She, her husband, and their three children have been farming organically since the early 1990s. They also own and operate a feed mill, Lakeview Organic Grain, and work closely with organic grain and dairy farmers throughout the Northeast.

Writer and photographer Lisa M. Hamilton focuses on agriculture, particularly the stories of farmers and ranchers. Her work has been published in The Nation, National Geographic Traveler, Orion, and Gastronomica.

Free admission. McNally Jackson bookstore is located at 52 Prince Street between Lafayette & Mulberry Streets. For more information, please call: 212/274-1160 or visit http://mcnallyjackson.com

For those in New York, two special evenings not to miss: http://www.lisamhamilton.com/book/DeeplyRooted_events_9_30.html

Media Inquiries:
Dustin Kurtz, McNally Jackson: 212/274-1160, events@mcnallyjackson.com
Carrie Dieringer, Counterpoint Press: 510/704-0230 x214, carrie.dieringer@counterpointpress.com

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