‘Foodsheds’ topic of senior’s project


LEWISTON – A Bates College senior will present her independent study project about the Bates “foodshed” at 4:10 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, in Chase Hall Lounge, 56 Campus Ave.

Ariel Rosenberg of Scottsdale, Ariz., will follow with a discussion on personal foodsheds and how to eat and consume sustainably. The public is invited to attend the presentation free of charge.

The term “foodshed,” as defined by the Wisconsin Foodshed Research Project, was initially adapted from the concept of watersheds to describe the flow of food from where it is grown to where it is purchased or consumed.

Individuals have personal foodsheds, but researchers can also calculate foodsheds for businesses and communities of varying sizes. According to Locavores, a group of Bay Area food activists, the average piece of food travels 1,500 miles before ending up on a U.S. consumer’s kitchen table.

For more information, contact the Harward Center for Community Partnerships, sponsor of Rosenberg’s project, at 786-6202.