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Fast Talk About Food – Call For Proposals


at PVGrow’s second

“Fast Talk About Food”


Lightning strikes twice! Another showcase for the Pioneer Valley higher education community on food, agriculture and food systems. See the article and video about the previous ‘Fast Talk’ event at http://www.pvgrows.net

Thursday, March 29, 2012, 5:30-8:00 p.m.

at Smith Vocational & Agricultural High School in Northampton

– A series of five-minute presentations
– Informal discussion opportunity with presenters
– A simple meal will be served.

Sponsored by PVGrows and its Higher Education Working Group.

What are Lightning Talks?

Presentations about an effort or project made in five minutes from start to finish. No slide presentations, one background slide OK. Handouts OK.

Who Can Apply to Present?

Teachers, students, researchers, librarians, staff or community partners involved one way or another with a university or college in the Valley (Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin counties). We will select presentations to represent a variety of institutions and a diverse set of roles with particular emphasis on innovative, action-based projects.

What’s the Purpose?

To create a stronger network of those involved in one of the Valley’s premier sectors ‘higher education’ and involved in a variety of food-related topics. We hope to build a stronger community of interest which gives rise to new opportunities for learning, research and action.

How Do I Apply?

Please fill out the online application form at http://bit.ly/wX11IS by Friday, 2/24.


Please email Madeleine Charney at mcharney@library.umass.edu your topic and/or the local food movement.

Important Details

* You may use only one slide projected as a visual anchor. You are welcome to bring a poster for exhibit and/or paper handouts. No multi-slide Powerpoint presentations.

* Five minutes means five minutes. You will be asked to end your presentation at five minutes whether you have completed it or not. We  recommend that you do a live, aloud, timed run through before March 29.

* Speakers are asked to remain at the event through its conclusion and participate in the networking part of the evening, expected to end by  8:00.

About PVGrows

PVGrows is a network of people and organizations that share common interests in the Pioneer Valley food and agriculture system. It provides a forum for members to collaborate and act together. Membership is open to individuals, organizations, agencies, or businesses that self-identify as being aligned with our mission. Members are invited to participate in PVGrows meetings and Working Groups, and to join the PVGrows listserv.  At present, there are no membership fees.

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