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Cal Poly to Host Sustainable Grassland Ranching Presentation Feb. 3

The Ethnic Studies Department at Cal Poly will host James J. Garrett for a presentation titled “Future Vision: A Sustainable and Healthy Food Production System,” from 6:10 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, in the Science North Building (No. 53), Room 215 on campus.

Garrett will provide a vision for the future of the grassland community food system and examine positive impacts such a food production system can have on economically depressed reservation communities. He will also explore how sustainable grassland ranching can affect reservation communities’ economic and food security, enhance food quality and quantity, and improve marketing and employment opportunities.

Garrett grew up on the Cheyenne River Lakota Reservation in South Dakota. He earned a master’s degree in environmental systems from Humboldt State University and a doctorate in rangeland ecosystem science from Colorado State University.

The event is free and open to the public.

The presentation is sponsored by Cal Poly’s College of Liberal Arts’ Lottery Speakers Fund; the American Indian & Indigenous Faculty Staff Association; the American Indian Student Association; the Biological Sciences Department and Natural Resources Management & Environmental Sciences Department.

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