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Earth Week Speaker Series

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
12:00pm to 1:00pm
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Avery Dining Hall
The Past and Future of Urban Farming in Southern California

Join Dr. Rachel Surls for a discussion on urban farming in Southern California – from Los Angeles's past as the agricultural center of North America to becoming the nation's most populous urban metropolis.  The talk will focus on policy that is helping to pave the way for more urban agriculture development to steps that cities can take to increase urban farming capacity.

Rachel Surls, Ph.D. is the Sustainable Food Systems Advisor for the University of California Cooperative Extension in Los Angeles County. She has been involved with school gardens, community gardens, and urban agriculture around Los Angeles for more than twenty-five years. Since 2013, she has worked with UCLA students to conduct the "Cultivate LA" survey of urban agriculture in Los Angeles.  She holds two degrees in agricultural sciences.

Lunch provided (Vegetarian and Vegan options) - come promptly. All members of the community are welcome to attend.

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