Communities, Food, Resilience

On September 5, OSU Extension and the College of Agricultural Sciences cohosted “Communities, Food, Resilience,” as part of OSU’s 150th anniversary celebration. The main event was in Portland, and it was also shown at 14 different livestream events around the state.

Lauren Gwin, OSU Center for Small Farms & Community Food Systems, moderated the event and recruited three dynamic speakers to challenge OSU as Oregon’s public land grant university, to make a big change: from “we feed the world” to “we support the empowerment of the world to feed itself.”

• Speakers: David Lewis, Ethnohistory Research; Shorlette Ammons, Center for Environmental Farming Systems at North Carolina State University; and Stephanie Grutzmacher, OSU College of Public Health & Human Sciences. Learn more about them here:

• Recording of the event:

• Recommended reading, including The Deeper Challenge of Change: The Role of Land Grant Universities in Assessing and Ending Structural Racism in the US Food System:

The Center’s partnership with the Oregon Community Food Systems Network was a major inspiration for the event.