Friday evening, October 24, from 7-8:30 PM
1887 bird's-eye map showing northwest corner of Wendell, Massachusetts
"We do not consider the town of Wendell one of the best towns for good land, by any means: on the contrary, we regard it as a rough, hilly town with a good deal of poor land."
~The New England Farmer (1853)
Can History Help Reinvent the Food System?
Local writer and public historian Cathy Stanton will present her new food and farm history project . Her talk will challenge common ideas about the long decline of New England agriculture, especially in the hill towns, and will propose a new approach, in dialogue with present-day efforts, to strengthen local and regional food systems.
The talk will draw on local examples to present an alternative history of New England farmers adapting, surviving, and returning to the land, to balance the commonly-told story of abandoned hill farms and competition from larger-scale agriculture to the west.
Admission is free and refreshments will be served.
The event is sponsored by the Wendell Free Library, the Wendell Agricultural Commission, and the Wendell Historical Society.
The project has also been supported in part by a grant from the Wendell Cultural Council, a local agency funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, an agency of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.