This year’s Harvest Festival was filled with presentations and workshops from SSE staff as well as two guest speakers presenting as part of our Harvest Lecture Series. Dan Carmody, president of the Detroit Eastern Market, spoke in the final hour of the event, describing the history and future of Detroit, the market, and the larger narrative of regionally-based food systems.
Dan’s presentation discusses issues with current food systems (energy use, nutrition, subsidies, distribution) as well as strategies for reform. Using the Eastern Market as an example, he describes the potential for local food systems to bring about transformative economic, social, and ecological change – particularly in urban areas.
The audio below contains the entirety of Dan’s lecture: from Detroit’s long decline to its recent rebirth; from the surging community gardening movement to the rebuilding of a local food processing infrastructure.
The Great Famine, Green Acres and Detroit
An Effect Greater Than Carpet Bombing
This Narrative of Rebirth and Detroit Eastern Market
Offering Food and Conviviality, Food Systems and Energy
A Host of Problems, Favorite Dichotomies and Local Food Production
Department of Defense and Rebuilding a Regional-Based Food System
The Community Gardening Movement and Our Future Food Systems (Excluding Underwater Cities of Tomorrow)
Eastern Market Capital Plan, Pickles and Custard Pie
$20 Million Worth of Meat and Pieces of the Food System
Graffiti, Bloody-Run Creek, Food Access and Engagement
This Country Deserves More Than Two Hams and How We Feed Cities
Food and Local Economies, Craft Beer and Furgency
Lectures were supported by a grant from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture