Science Cafe to present panel on sustainable agriculture

SUNY Oswego’s Science Cafe group will play host Thursday, March 3, to a panel presentation on sustainable agriculture.

The free presentation and dinner, 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the McCrobie Building, 41 Lake St., will focus on practical advice and information about land and water use related to sustainable agricultural practices.

James Edelstein, NOFA-NY board president and owner of Wyllie Fox Farm in Cato, will give the keynote speech.

A panel of regional and local experts will follow Edelstein’s talk: John DeHollander, Oswego County Soil and Water Conservation District; Nancy Weber, Oswego County Farm Bureau; J.J. Schell, Cornell Cooperative Extension; Jean Siracusa, Happy Bee Heirloom Farm; and representatives from Grindstone Farms.

Aunt Mary’s will cater dinner with small sandwiches, fruit and vegetables trays for attendees from 6:30 to 7 p.m. The main program will run 7 to 9 p.m. The no-reservations event is free and open to the public.

The Science Cafe at SUNY Oswego represents an ad hoc group, including faculty, staff, students and community members. The March 3 event is sponsored by Science Cafe, the college’s Office of Business and Community Relations and the Syracuse Section of the American Chemical Society, in cooperation with NOFA-NY.

SUNY Oswego’s participation represents continued outreach on sustainability to the greater Oswego community.

For more information about the program, or for those needing assistance, contact Thad Mantaro at 315-312-3492 or

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(Posted: Feb 17, 2011)