The Camden Public Library has announced the speaker series for this year’s Green October theme: “Green Food/Local Food: The Connection Between Sustainability and Local Food.”

Throughout the month of October the library will host a variety of speakers including restaurant chefs, farmers, food startups, a nutritional counselor, and a naturalist. The local food movement has impact locally, globally, and nutritionally, and the library will explore some of the local efforts and local effects of the green food movement.

“Last year for ‘Green October’ we invited a series of speakers on renewable energy. We had a great response, and I think we contributed to the community debate on green energy. But we had a lot of requests for talks on food and sustainability, and I think we have put together a terrific collection of speakers. We always get a good response for food events, ” said Ken Gross, program director at the library. “ He added, “We appreciate the support from our all speakers, especially the restaurants who are taking time to come to the library to talk about their farm-to-table practices on Oct. 29.”

The speakers for Green October include:

Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 6:30 p.m. — nutrition counselor Holly Noonan will be joined by Sarah Post of Aldermere Farm for a presentation on “Grass-Fed Meat” on the health benefits of pasture-raised animal products.

Thursday, Oct. 13 at 6:30 p.m. — John Piotti, director of the Maine Farmland Trust, will give a talk and lead a discussion on “Are Farms the Key to Maine’s Future?” Co-sponsored by the Camden Conference.

Tuesday, Oct. 18, 6:30 p.m. – “From Recipe to Market:” a panel discussion featuring local entrepreneurs and a food scientist on starting a food business. Speakers will include Allison Lakin of Lakin’s Gorges Cheese LLC, and Beth Calder, food science specialist with the University of Maine’s Cooperative Extension.

Thursday, Oct. 20 at 6:30 p.m. — Naturalist Wanda Garland on “Wildflowers and edible wild foods,” co-sponsored by the Midcoast Audubon Society.

Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 6:30 p.m. — Seth Silverton on “Reconnecting: Ten things you can do to survive and thrive during the coming age of post peak oil,” presenting a list of crucial tools, skills, and experiences that individuals will need to in order to survive and thrive during the coming age of paradigm shift. Co-sponsored by The Woodchop School in Lincolnville.




Saturday, October 29, 2:00 pm – Panel presentation on the “Farm to Table” movement in local restaurants. Participants will include Kerry Altiero of Café Miranda, Anne Perkins of Headacre Farm, Annmarie Ahearn of Salt Water Farm in Lincolnville, and Christina Sidoti of Paolina’s Way in Camden.