As information is disseminated and discussions about Blue Mountain Station continue to take place, great interest in the local food movement and how it can impact our community is being shown by residents and businesses.
In response to that interest, and with the help of local ranchers Robert and Janet Phinney and a partnership with the Sustainable Living Center of Walla Walla, the Port has created a lecture and film series titled Cultivating Sustainability to be held at Dayton’s Historic Liberty Theater.
The series, which begins in May, seeks to educate and inspire residents and entrepreneurs in the region about the possibilities surrounding natural, organic, and sustainable food processing, farming, grazing, and energy practices. Local business case studies will be featured along with experts in the industry.
Lecture topics include Local Food as Economic Development, Searching for Sustainability, Holistic Management, Livestock Grazing and Meat Production, Energy and Efficiency, and Organic and other Certifications. Lectures will be held in May, June, July, September and October.
The Keynote address at the May 28th lecture, which begins at 7 pm and is free to the public, will be delivered by Ken Meter, president of Crossroads Resource Center in Minneapolis, a nationally sought-after speaker who holds 38 years experience in community capacity building as an administrator, researcher, journalist, and educator. Sustainable concessions, including organic popcorn, will also be available.