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Visions of a 21st Century Food System~ Inviting Food & Agriculture Back Into Our Cities

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SBCC Center for Sustainability "Cities As the Solution" series:
Visions of a 21st Century Food System~
Inviting Food & Agriculture Back Into Our Cities

Evening Talk, Sunday October 21, 6:30-9pm, 2012
with Seattle City Councilmember
Richard Conlin

Fe Bland Auditorium, SBCC West Campus
Admission $5

What Makes a Great Food City?

With more than 50% of the worlds population now living in cities, sustainability & good ecological design for resilient local food systems has never been more important. In the 21st Century, with innovative policy & design strategies there is an opportunity to re-invite food and food growing back into our cities, while solving some of the planets most pressing problems.

Join Seattle Councilmember Richard Conlin as he shares the strategies of Seattle's Local Food Action Initiative passed in 2008, that envisions an exciting new urban agriculture model that is good for the economy, the environment, and our health.

Urban agriculture is a creative response to dwindling resources. Access to food is one of the most fundamental needs of a community, but is seldom addressed by local governments. Using the recently published Good Laws,Good Food document by Harvard Law School/Food Law & Policy Clinic, Richard Conlin explores the legal structures that help or hinder local food production in cities. He will also share examples of state and local Food Policy Councils around the country with diverse stakeholders that have come together to forge a response aimed at strengthening local & regional food systems.

Richard Conlin was first elected to the Seattle City Council in 1997 after many years of public service with Seattle-based community organizations. In 2008 he launched the Local Food Action Initiative to increase Seattle's access to nutritional foods and strengthen the security of its food supply. Conlin co-founded Sustainable Seattle in 1991 and was the founding publisher of YES! magazine. He currently serves on the Board of YES!, the Antioch University Seattle Board of Trustees, and the Board of Directors of the National League of Cities. Conlin holds a B.A. in History and a Master's degree in Political Science.

The evening talk takes place on Sunday, October 21, 6:30pm-9pm, at the Fe Bland Auditorium, Santa Barbara City College West Campus, 800 Block of Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, CA, 93109. Admission $5. No reservations required. More info: (805)962-2571, email:,

Sponsored by:
The SBCC Center for Sustainability

Event Co-sponsors: Nutiva, Fund for Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Permaculture Network, Santa Barbara Independent, Slow Money SB Chapter, Sojourner, Permaculture Credit Union, SOL Food & Island Seed & Feed

***An Afternoon workshop with Richard Conlin also takes place on Sat Oct 21, see below for details.

Additional Info:

Sunday, Oct 21, 6:30-9pm Evening Talk
With panel:
Facilitated by Eric Lohela
Das Williams, State Assemblyman, 35 District
Warren Brush, Co-Founder Quail Springs
Alison Hensley, Co-founder SOL Food Festival
Meg West, member of Goleta Planning Board
Eric Cardenas, Co-founder LOATree, & Santa Barbara & Ventura Ag Futures Alliances
Lori Ann David, Eat Your Yard, Santa Barbara Edible Landscape Company
Jasper Eiler, Harvest Santa Barbara

***Saturday Workshop
Good Laws, Good Food with Richard Conlin
Sunday October 21, 3- 5pm,
Room # BC222 BC Forum, SBCC West Campus, Admission $20


Seattle Councilmember Richard Conlin

Good Laws, Good Food, recently published document by the Harvard Law School/Food Law & Policy Clinic.

Mark Winne has worked for 40 years as a community food activist, writer, and trainer.

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