KRC to Celebrate 35th Anniversary Featuring Local Food, Drink, Authors, & More
The Kansas Rural Center is celebrating its 35th Anniversary this year. To mark the occasion, an anniversary dinner and celebration will be held Nov. 7, beginning at 5:30 p.m., in conjunction with KRC’s Annual Farm and Food Conference, at the Four Points Sheraton, 530 Richards Drive, Manhattan.
The celebration will kick off with a social hour and book-signing, featuring several Kansas authors:
- Bryan Welch, Mother Earth News, Beautiful and Abundant
- Hank Will, Grit Magazine, Plowing with Pigs
- Jane Marshall, Kansas State University, Teatime to Tailgates: 150 Years at the K-State Table
- Joy Lominska, Hoyland Farm, KRC Board President, The Old Home Place: The Story of a Kansas Farm
- Marjorie Van Buren, Food and Farming Activist, KRC Board Member, In Our Hands: An Energy Adventure for the Slightly Skeptical
- Wayne White, Creekridge Farm, KRC Board Member, Biosequestration and Ecological Diversity: Mitigating and Adapting to Climate Change and Environmental Degradation
- Jake Vail, Lawrence Public Library, Co-Author of A Kansas Bestiary
David Hann, short story author from Lawrence, will provide a reading during the evening. Each author’s books will be available for purchase at the event.
Dinner will follow with opening comments by former KRC Executive Director, Dan Nagengast, who will provide a light-hearted history of KRC and introduce the evening’s keynote speaker, Bryan Welch, editor and publisher for Mother Earth News. “Beautiful and Abundant: The Future of the Sustainability Movement” will be the topic of Welch’s talk.
The dinner and social hour will feature Kansas raised-meat, vegetables, and beer. Live music will be provided by locals Bob & Melissa Atchison.
A silent auction, to benefit KRC’s future work, will be open throughout the conference and 35th Anniversary Celebration. Items to look forward to include prints and sculptures by local artists and photographers, experiences at local restaurants, apparel, and passes to unique Kansas destinations.
This year’s Farm and Food conference, “Sustainable Agriculture: A Once and Future Vision,” will take place Nov. 7 and 8 throughout each day at the Four Points Sheraton, 530 Richards Drive, Manhattan. The conference will reflect the future of agriculture, food, and community in Kansas and our region by showcasing nationally renowned keynote speakers, 24 workshops lead by over 35 expert speakers inspiring ideas, helpful information and valuable connections for attendees, ranging from practical farm management, diversification and transition strategies, to community and school gardening.
KRC welcomes sponsors, local food and beverage donations and auction items. Proceeds will benefit KRC’s future work in growing a sustainable farming and food system in Kansas. Information on all of these opportunities can be found at kansasruralcenter.org/calendar/conference-2014.
KRC invites farmers, ranchers, food enthusiasts, community advocates and more to attend its 2014 Farm & Food Conference and 35th Anniversary Celebration.
Cost to attend the conference is $55 per day, $45 for a 35th Anniversary Dinner ticket or $145 for both days and the dinner. Registration for each day includes lunch featuring local ingredients and snacks. For special student rates, contact Natalie Fullerton at firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-310-0177.
To attend the conference, register before November 3, 2014 at, kansasruralcenter.org/calendar/conference-2014.Register