If every dollar we spend is a vote for the world we want, how can we make every bite count? During this moderated discussion, panelists* will provide insights into the importance of biodiversity and sustainable land and water use to a resilient food system. Individually, and collectively, these entrepreneurs are contributing to the economic vitality of our region by offering value-added choices to the marketplace.
The event, which is co-sponsored by the WFU Center for Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship, is free and open to the public. Reserved group seating is available by request. Free parking is available in Lot Q.
*In 2013, apple orchardist Eliza Greenman traveled to Kyrgyzstan, the birthplace of the apple, to witness the richly diverse wild apple-walnut forests. Greenman, who grows heirloom variety apples for Foggy Ridge Cider’s artisanal hard ciders, brings attention to the role of biodiversity in disease resistance on perennial farms.
*After a prolific career in neuroscience, Wake Forest alumnus Eric Hallman, PhD (’77) shifted gears and joined the Livestock Conservancy, as executive director. The conservancy is working with farmers, chefs, historians, consumers, and others around the nation to re-introduce nearly 200 endangered breeds of livestock and poultry to the food supply.
*Like Andre 3000 said, the South’s got something to say. He was talking about hip hop; April McGreger, owner of Farmer’s Daughter Brand, is talking about preserves. McGreger, who is a geologist by training, has adopted a nimble business model that allows her to celebrate the taste and spirit of the South, while adapting to the climate-induced agricultural fluctuations of the region.