CAMDEN, Maine — The Camden Public Library announced the speaker series for this year’s Green October theme, “Green Food/Local Food: The Connection Between Sustainability and Local Food.”
During October the library will host a variety of speakers including restaurant chefs, farmers, food startups, a nutritional counselor and a naturalist. The “local food” movement has impact locally, globally and nutritionally, and the library will explore some of the local efforts and local effects of the “green food” movement.
“Last year,” said Ken Gross, program director at the library, “for ‘Green October’ we invited a series of speakers on renewable energy. We had a great response, and I think we contributed to the community debate on green energy. But we had a lot of requests for talks on food and sustainability, and I think we have put together a terrific collection of speakers. We always get a good response for food events. We appreciate the support from our all speakers, especially the restaurants who are taking time to come to the library to talk about their farm-to-table practices on October 29.”
The speakers for Green October are:
• 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13 — John Piotti, director of Maine Farmland Trust, talk and discussion, “Are Farms the Key to Maine’s Future?” Co-sponsored by the Camden Conference.
• 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18 — “From Recipe to Market,” panel discussion featuring local entrepreneurs and a food scientist on starting a food business. Speakers will include Allison Lakin of Lakin’s Gorges Cheese LLC, and Beth Calder, food science specialist with the University of Maine’s Cooperative Extension.
• 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20 — Naturalist Wanda Garland, “Wildflowers and Edible Wild Foods.” Co-sponsored by Midcoast Audubon Society.
• 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25 — Seth Silverton, “Reconnecting: Ten things you can do to survive and thrive during the coming age of post-peak oil,” a list of crucial tools, skills, and experiences that individuals will need to in order to survive and thrive during the coming age of paradigm shift. Co-sponsored by The Woodchop School in Lincolnville.
• 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29 — Panel presentation on the Farm to Table movement in local restaurants. Kerry Altiero of Cafe Miranda, Anne Perkins of Headacre Farm, Annmarie Ahearn of Salt Water Farm in Lincolnville and Christina Sidoti of Paolina’s Way in Camden.
For more information, call the Camden Public Library at 236-3440.