I’m beat from today’s treatment and the subsequent snowy traffic jam on Rt. 9, so how about an events list.
The Harvard Museum of Natural History is hosting a free Food for Thought lecture series, starting with “The Origins of Agriculture: Everything You Need to Know in 50 Minutes or Less” this Thursday, February 8. Dr. Bruce D. Smith of the Smithsonian talks about his research on the history-altering transition from hunting and gathering to large-scale food production, and its significance in understanding the current human condition. On Tuesday, February 23 is “From Cooking Food to Cooking the Planet: Growing Constraints to Food Production.” Dr. Samuel Myers of Harvard Medical School discusses the troubling trends that stand in the way of feeding an ever-increasing human population, from rising temperatures to changes in pests and pathogens, and how new approaches to sustainable agriculture will be necessary to achieve food security. Both are at 6 p.m. and open to the public. (Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge, 617-495-3045)
If you’re worried about the food served in the public schools, then you may be interested in the film Two Angry Moms playing at BU on Sunday, February 21 at 3:30 p.m. The documentary follows two mothers who channel their disgust into working to improve the offerings at their children’s school cafeterias. Following the film will be a discussion of area school lunch programs with speakers Claire Kozower from Waltham Fields Community Farm, JJ Gonson of Cuisine en Locale, and Kim Szeto of the Boston Public Schools. Cost is $5 at the door by cash or check. (Boston University GSU Conference Auditorium, 775 Commonwealth Avenue, 2nd Floor)
Interested in joining a CSA? On Thursday, February 25 at 6 p.m. is the Arlington CSA Farm Share Fair where representatives from more than 20 area farms will be on hand to answer any questions and/or sign you up for a 2010 summer CSA share. Farmers are also invited to sell their produce, so bring a bag/cash. (Park Avenue Congregational Church (Parish Hall), 50 Paul Revere Road, Arlington Heights)