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By: Eveline Hartz

Buffalo Humanities: Environments Sept 28—30/ 2017

Festival Overview


Thursday, Sept. 28, 6 PM

Burchfield Penney Art Center

Humanities New York presents “Turning the Tide: Communicating Climate Science.”


Jacqui Patterson, Director, NAACP’s Environmental and Climate Justice Program

Jason Briner, Associate Professor of Geology, University at Buffalo

Elizabeth Mazzolini, Assistant Professor of English, University at Buffalo

Adam Rome, Professor of History, University at Buffalo

MODERATOR: Ryan McPherson, Chief Sustainability Officer, University at Buffalo


Friday, Sept. 29, 8 PM (7 PM VIP reception)

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, with reception in the AK Café

Environmentalist author and social activist Bill McKibben, “The Desperate Climate Fight: Ordinary People in an Extraordinary Moment”


Saturday, Sept. 30, 10:30 AM

Rockwell Hall, Buffalo State College

The full festival day begins with a performance by Deke Weaver of “BEAR and the Unreliable Bestiary” and continues with talks, panels, and community conversations focusing on issues of environmental justice and economic sustainability, activism and planning, and the global climate change crisis. Lunch by West Side Bazaar is included with tickets purchased by Sept. 25th. The closing reception features music by 12/8 Path Band and beer by Community Beer Works.

By: Eveline Hartz

Blame Henry Ford for Deadly Superbugs by Deena Shanker

An interesting article about the intertwined relationship of industry & agriculture.

By: Eveline Hartz

San Antonio’s connection to the UFW by Gloria Almaraz

Arturo Rodríguez, President of the United Farm Workers (UFW), spoke to a group at Las Palmas Library on April 25th saying, “I never thought it possible,” as he spoke about the UFW signing a contract with Gallo Wines in the state of Washington.

Mr. Rodríguez succeeded César Chávez who, along with Dolores Huerta, founded the organization in 1962. In his speech, he gave a history of the farmworkers’ movement, his own involvement and provided insight into what the union is currently doing. 

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By: Eveline Hartz

Ecological Inheritance by Sandra Steingraber

(Dr. Steingraber was one of our keynote speakers at WOYP a few years back.)

FOR SIX CONSECUTIVE SEMESTERS in the early 1990s, I taught a seminar on Charles Darwin to nonscience majors at an urban community college. We read Darwin’s writings closely — often out loud to each other — along with commentary by scholars. We looked at the evidence that Darwin amassed for his theory of natural selection, and we looked at the evidence amassed in subsequent years.

At the beginning and end of each semester, I asked students if they themselves accepted Darwin’s ideas, and every semester, predictably, about half said they did, and half said they did not — a ratio that did not budge much over the course of the term. Mostly, those who had come into the class believing that humans had evolved continued to so believe, and those who came in hewing to a biblical account of the origins of life still hewed to it when they left.

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By: Eveline Hartz

Neighborhood Farm Share program

The following information is belated for this year. However, I thought it might be of interest to keep in mind for next year.

The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY) is making a difference for people in the Buffalo area living in a "food desert" through its 2017 Neighborhood Farm Share program (NFS). The program gives qualified individuals and families the opportunity to receive a financial subsidy in order to participate in a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program for a share of fresh-picked seasonable fruits and vegetables grown without chemical pesticides. CSAs provide affordable, nutritious, locally grown food to neighborhoods from a trusted source: farmers.

Buffalo applications can be found at Interested individuals are encouraged to research each farm to learn more about them. The NOFA-NY office can also help choose the farm that best fits an individual's lifestyle and needs. Applications must be received no later than May 15, 2017 and may be emailed to, faxed to (585) 271-7166, or mailed (see below)

Once an individual is approved, the subsidy will be sent directly to their CSA partner farm of choice. Questions can be directed to (585) 271-1979 or


1423 Hathaway Drive

Farmington, NY 14425

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