SCF Venice Green Team to Host Guest Lecture “Local Food and Beyond”

(Bradenton, Fla., Feb. 20, 2013) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) Venice Green Team will host a guest lecture "Local Food and Beyond" by Dr. Robert Kluson from 12:30 – 1:50 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 26, at SCF Venice, 8000 S. Tamiami Trail, building 800, in the Selby Room.

Kluson, agricultural and natural resources extension agent of Sarasota County, will discuss ways to reduce the use of fossil fuels in the food supply, such as organic gardening, purchasing produce from a local farmers' market and using other creative strategies.

In his role at the Sarasota County extension office, Kluson focuses on sustainable agricultural initiatives including the local foodshed development, the Sarasota County Farm to School Program, the Southwest Florida Small Farmer Network, Annie's Project, market gardening/urban agriculture, organic gardening/farming and farmers' market training.

Kluson earned his Ph.D. in Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems from the University of California Santa Cruz and participated in a postdoctoral program in Florida natural ecosystems at the University of South Florida.

Woody McCree, associate professor, art, design, humanities, is the Green Team chair. The SCF Green Team is a group of faculty, staff and students who work in collaboration to design and implement projects that maintain the natural beauty and the environmental significance of SCF Venice.

For more information, contact Beverly Brown, SCF Venice provost office, at 941-408-1404.

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