Jamestown, N.Y. – Linnea Carlson, director of the Jamestown Public Market, will address the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown (UUCJ) in person on Sunday, April 10.
Her message at the 10:30 a.m. hybrid service is “The Future of Food.”
A member of the congregation, Carlson will discuss the current state of our food system, the effects of Covid-19 on food access, the value in celebrating the edible fruits of our Earth, and how we as a community can rally behind action to positively impact our relationship to food.
Carlson oversees the operations of the Jamestown Public Market as the only full time farmer’s market manager in Chautauqua County. She grew up in Frewsburg, N.Y., and has always had a passion for local farming and community and has worked within the food system her entire career.
She will share a Story for All Ages based on “A Calabash of Poi,” originally published in In The Path of the Trade Winds, an early collection of folklore of the Hawaiian people, by Coral Wells Thorpe.
The presentation relates most closely to the final of the seven Principles that Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
There will be an opportunity for questions and answers.
Following her graduation from Fordham University with a Masters in Social Work, Carlson helped establish the Salvation Army's food pantry in Dunkirk, N.Y. It was through this work she began volunteering at the Fredonia Farmers Market, assisting SNAP customers spend their benefits on fresh produce. She is currently the Chair of the Chautauqua County Food Policy Council. She also volunteers as a member of the Audubon Community Nature Center Board of Directors, the Busti Historical Society, and the Jamestown Lions Club. She lives in the city of Jamestown with her partner, Ben, and their five cats.
A social time follows the service.
While not mandated, vaccines, masks, and appropriate distancing are encouraged for those who participate in the service in person.
Participation can be either in person at 1255 Prendergast Avenue in Jamestown or online. To join virtually, use the link at UUJamestown.org/calendar.
The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown is a progressive, liberal religious community serving the southern tier of Western New York and Warren County, Pa. The UUCJ’s mission is to support and celebrate each other, encourage spiritual and individual growth, and serve the wider community.