Urban Agriculture Track

View videos from the 2013 Sustainability Summit

Session 1
9:30-10:15 a.m.: Texas Honey Bee Guild: The Buzz on Bees
Brandon Pollard

Session 2
10:30-11:15 a.m.: New Trends of Healthy Food Production
Nathan Haile

Can farmers and ranchers provide high-quality nutritional food without fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides and other inputs? Is it sustainable and profitable? How are other environmental factors affected? How does it affect us as consumers? Come learn the five simple principles guiding many innovative and profitable ag producers answering these questions! It’s all about the soil -- A real “Brown Revolution”!

photo of Nathan HaileNathan Haile was born and raised in the small farming and ranching community of Archer City, Texas. His admiration and respect for farmers and ranchers prompted Nathan to learn about land management at an early age in 4-H and FFA. Mentors like his father (the agricultural science teacher), biology teacher and local Soil and Water Conservation professionals were instrumental in providing support and opportunities for Nathan to increase his knowledge of soil management. He graduated with a BS in Plant and Soil Science from Tarleton State University in 1996. Nathan’s 17 years with the Natural Resources Conservation Service has given him the opportunity to evaluate soils from Alaska to South Texas and work with producers from North Dakota to North Carolina. Nathan has been nicknamed the “Soil Quality Evangelist” by his coworkers because of his passion for soil health. 

Session 3
11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Coppell Community Garden: Growing Food and Gardeners Since 1998
Amanda Vanhoozier

Ah, the possibilities of a little seed and a patch of ground! Add people, and community gardening provides abundant opportunities for sustainable agriculture; from organic gardening education and ecological principles to improved nutrition and community building. Come get inspired to join hands with others and dig in the dirt wherever you are planted.

photo of Amanda VanhoozierAmanda Vanhoozier grew up enjoying the Rocky Mountain air by Yellowstone Park. Her love of the outdoors led to specializing in Outdoor Learning Environments as a graduate of the University of Kansas. Ms. Vanhoozier is the founder of the award-winning Coppell Community Garden in 1998 and the Coppell Farmers Market in 2003 with the support of the City of Coppell and masses of dedicated volunteers. Ms. Vanhoozier leads many sustainability projects at the City of Coppell that have been recognized by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality with the Environmental Excellence Award and Governor's Community Achievement Award.

Session 4
2-2:45 p.m.: Football Field to Food Garden: Lessons Learned
Michael J. Sorrell, Paul Quinn College

Planting tomatoes and arugula between the goal posts of the former football field wasn’t originally in Paul Quinn College’s strategic plan. But, compelled by a desire to improve the lives of the surrounding Highland Hills community by providing a source of fresh healthy produce to the residents, the college’s administration rolled up its sleeves to establish the “WE over Me Farm at Paul Quinn College” in 2010. That was just the beginning. Come learn how Paul Quinn is expanding its efforts to combat the healthy food supply crisis in South Dallas.

Michael J. Sorrell is the 34th president of Paul Quinn College and the reigning “HBCU Male President of the Year.” Under his leadership, Paul Quinn is experiencing one of the greatest turnarounds in the history of higher education. Among the college’s numerous accomplishments during his tenure have been winning the “2011 HBCU of the Year” and the “2012 HBCU Student Government Association of the Year” and partnering with PepsiCo to transform the football field into the two-acre “WE over Me Farm.”