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A program entitled “Good Food, Bad Food: Agriculture, Ethics and Personal Choices,” a free conversation with expert Kristy Athens, will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 23, at Marys River Grange in Philomath.

Sponsored by Oregon Humanities and part of that organization’s statewide Conservation Project, the program is designed to engage community members in “thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical to our daily lives and our state’s future.”

Oregon boasts a multibillion-dollar agricultural economy that includes both industrial agriculture and small-scale efforts such as community-supported agriculture memberships, farmers’ markets and community gardens. According to Oregon Humanities, the smaller, community-based efforts are on the rise as a means to nurture community and create local and autonomous food systems.

Athens, who lives in Wallowa County, authored “Get Your Pitchfork On!: The Real Dirt on Country Living” and has a master’s degree in food systems and society. Her food systems work includes presenting at conferences at Chatham and Yale universities, a TEDx Talk and a chapter in the anthology “Food Justice in U.S. and Global Contexts.”

Marys River Grange is located at 24707 Grange Hall Road.

For more information about the free community discussion, contact Jay Sexton at 541-829-2907 or marysrivergrange@gmail.com.

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