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Library Environmental Series

Library Environmental Series - Spring 2014

Free and open to the public.

FREE parking is available in stadium lot 62E on Red Cedar Road after 6:00pm. The Main Library is wheelchair accessible via the north entrance. Persons with disabilities may request accommodations by calling Susan Garmo at 517.884.6454 one week before an event. Requests received after that time will be met when possible.


Food Field: A Four-acre Detroit Urban Farm

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
12:10 – 12:50 pm
Reference Instruction Room

Located between Boston-Edison and Highland Park since May 2011, Food Field has harvested thousands of pounds of organic produce, built relationships with local chefs and neighbors, raised a hoop house for year-round growing, hired local teens, planted an orchard (apples, pears, cherries, plums, chestnuts, paw paws), started a flock of egg-laying chickens and ducks, and installed a 7,000-gallon aquaponics system raising catfish and blue gill. Food Field's goal is a sustainable organic farm, feeding Detroit, and creating a real alternative to the corporate food system, while bringing jobs, resources and benefits to the Detroit community.

Alex Bryan, Greater Lansing Food Bank Garden Project Program Manager AND Food Field co-owner with Noah Link will introduce you to his and Noah's unique farm.

Supporting the Many Faces of Farming

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
12:10 – 12:50 pm
Reference Instruction Room

Do you know who grows your food? How do you picture him or her?

Michelle Napier-Dunnings, Executive Director of Michigan Food & Farming Systems (MIFFS) will introduce you to just a few of The Many Faces of Farming in Michigan.

These faces work in rural, suburban, and urban communities, they grow food in diverse environments, and they often work in collectives. Some are just beginning, while others are carrying on traditions passed down by their ancestors. Each face reflects a unique story while all the faces reflect determination, joy, and a relentless persistence to care for the earth while producing good food for themselves, their families, and all of us!

Beal Botanical Garden Tours

Thursday, April 3 (in conjunction with the MSU Science Festival) at 10 am
Thursday, May 1 at 12:10 – 12:50 pm
Thursday, June 5 at 12:10 – 12:50 pm

Join Peter Carrington, assistant curator of the W.J. Beal Botanical Garden on a tour of the Beal Garden. Tour begins near the pond in the southeast corner of the garden.

In case of rain, there will be a presentation in the Reference Instruction Room on the first floor of the Main Library.

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