The Old School, 20 Gay St., will host a radio interview and dinner-to-follow Wednesday, Sept. 21.

From 5 to 6 p.m., the “Rockland Metro” show on WRFR-LP, 93.3 FM, will interview Jesse Labbe-Watson, a Rockland-based agriculture consultant, about food sovereignty and sustainable agriculture. Immediately following the interview, the Old School will host a dinner symposium to continue the discussion.

“Food Sovereignty” refers to the right of small farmers to sell their products directly to local consumers, without undergoing permitting and inspection processes that are feasible only for larger operations.

In recent years, a number of municipalities in Maine have passed local ordinances in support of the practice, while representatives of state regulatory agencies have questioned their legal right to do so.

Labbe-Watson is uniquely qualified to discuss these issues. He specializes in the field of permaculture, the sustainable adaptation of agricultural and landscaping methods to local environmental and social conditions.

Each week, WRFR’s “Rockland Metro” show invites a guest to discuss life in Rockland. Guests often participate afterwards in an Old School dinner symposium.

Dinner symposia at the Old School are free and open to the public. Participation in each symposium is limited to 12, so participants must reserve their place in advance. Participants are asked to help by bringing food, helping prepare the event and/or cleaning up afterwards.

To reserve a place at the table for this Wednesday’s dinner symposium with Labbe-Watson, contact Nathan Davis at For more information about the radio station, visit; about The Old School, visit