"In a nation where far too many people harm their health and the environment by eating poorly, public school lunch presents an enormous opportunity: right there, in the middle of the every child’s school day, driven by his own hunger and his own taste, lies all this time and energy set aside and devoted to food."
This panel will discuss the potential and challenges of creating a national policy around Edible Education - a means of educating all children about stewardship, sustainability and the connections between food, health and the environment- Slow Food Nation
Anya Fernald served as Program Director of Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) for three years. At CAFF, she led three primary projects active in six regions of California: a Farm-to-School program active in over 90 schools; a social venture produce distribution company; and the California Buy Fresh, Buy Local Campaign.
Fernald came to CAFF after five years with Slow Food International. A graduate of Wesleyan University, Fernald spent a post-graduate year of study as a Thomas J. Watson Fellow.
Katrina Heron was Editor-in-Chief of Wired magazine from 1998 to 2001. Previously, she was a senior editor at The New Yorker and Vanity Fair magazines and an editor and writer at The New York Times. She is also co-author of Safe: The Race To Protect Ourselves In A Newly Dangerous World, which explored the uses and misuses of new technologies.
In addition, Katrina Heron is a director of the Chez Panisse Foundation, working with founder Alice Waters to create food education for children and support sustainable agriculture.
Van Jones, new co-host of CNN's re-launch of Crossfire and president of Rebuild the Dream, has been named one of our nation’s most constructive policy leaders. He is an environmental advocate, civil rights activist, and attorney.
Craig McNamara is the President and Founder at Center for Land-Based Learning.
He also is the owner of Sierra Orchards in Winters, California. He serves on the California Board of Food and Agriculture and is a founding trustee of UC Merced and a member of the UC Davis Dean’s Advisory Council. He won the Leopold Conservation Award in 2007.
As a Director of the Sustainable Food Project, Josh Viertel aids in directing Yale's transition to a local sustainable food program, oversees the Yale Farm, and works to cultivate awareness and enjoyment of a meaningful food culture on campus.
Alice Waters is a chef and the founder of Chez Panisse Restaurant and Cafe in Berkeley, California.
An advocate of local farmers markets and sustainable agriculture, she features organic and seasonal foods and promotes the power of growing, cooking, and sharing food.
She has also created the Chez Panisse Foundation, whose primary beneficiary is the Edible Schoolyard at Berkeley's Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School.
Her books include the Chez Panisse Cafe Cookbook and, most recently, The Art of Simple Food.