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Basalt event focuses on local food production

Staff report
The Aspen Times
Aspen CO Colorado

BASALT – A community conversation at Basalt Regional Library is set for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The event will focus on the challenges and benefits of sustainable, reliable, local food production in the Roaring Fork Valley. The conversation will feature greenhouse architect Michael Thompson, of Basalt, and Sustainable Settings director Brook LeVan, of Carbondale.

Thompson and LeVan will be interviewed by journalist and author Paul Andersen followed by a general audience discussion on the sustainability of locally grown food and the political and economic implications. The program is free of charge and open to the public.

This program is the first of a three-part series at Basalt Regional Library titled “Community Conversations with Experts and Advocates.”

On Sept. 26, the conversation takes on oil and gas production, specifically in the Thompson Divide area. Featured will be energy analyst Randy Udall and Thompson Creek Divide director Zane Kessler.

On Oct. 1, the discussion will focus on the challenges of water quality and quantity in the Roaring Fork and Colorado river systems. Featured will be Jim Pokrandt, of the Colorado River District, and Chelsea Congdon Brundige, director of Friends of Rivers and Renewables.

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For more details, contact Andersen at andersen@rof.net or 970-927-4018.