"The Greatest Source of Wealth: Agriculture in Concord"

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In celebration of Concord’s farming tradition, past and present, The Greatest Source of Wealth: Agriculture
in Concord
, a new exhibition and related programming at the Concord Museum, explores the changing agricultural landscape of Concord over time. In Concord today, farmers, educators, planners, environmental activists, food
distributors, health professionals, parents, and policymakers are engaged in a community-wide discussion about building local food connections. The town’s agrarian heritage and historic farmland are compelling starting points for that
conversation.  The exhibition focuses on the innovations of the 19th century, when Concord was at the forefront of agricultural reform, the 20th-century legacy of immigrant farmers who made Concord home, and the challenges of the 21st century.

In association with the exhibition, a Farm to Lectern Speakers Series brings nationally-recognized agrarian activists to Concord, with Gary Hirshberg, the
co-founder and chairman of Stonyfield, the successful organic yogurt company, the keynote speaker for the exhibition’s opening weekend. Additional speakers in
the series are Joel Salatin, a full-time farmer at Polyface, a multi-generational, “beyond organic” farm in Virginia, and Brian Donahue, environmental historian, farmer and collaborator on the “New England Good Food Vision 2060.”

The Greatest Source of Wealth: Agriculture in Concord
is on view from October 12, 2012 through March 17, 2013 at the Concord Museum.  Media Sponsor is Edible Boston.


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