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The Center for Agroforestry

12th Annual
Agroforestry Symposium

Community Health and
Resilient Food Systems

Thursday, January 28th, 2021
Friday, January 29th, 2021
Saturday, January 30th, 2021

9:00 AM - 12:30 PM each day

A Free Virtual Gathering with
Engaging Webinars
Research Posters
Exhibitors and Roundtable Sessions


Mariah Gladstone, Blackfeet & Cherokee food educator, IndigiKitchen

Michael Muehlbauer and Alkebu-Lan Marcus, Philadelphia Orchard Project

Rose Hayden-Smith, garden historian and author, UC Food Observer

Jim Worstell, The Resilience Project

In response to the ongoing challenges we collectively face at this time, including the coronavirus pandemic, climate change, and inequities in social, environmental, and economic realms, the University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry seeks to share and support creative solutions. Sustainable food and agriculture systems exemplified by diversified agroforestry practices yield outcomes that can have a positive effect on each of these challenges. From healthy, accessible food that supports disease-resistant bodies, to innovative strategies for strong local economies, and community engagement for improved equity and awareness, the 2021 Agroforestry Symposium will highlight inspiring efforts and leaders who are paving a way to comprehensive community wellness.

Major themes to be addressed at the Symposium are relevant to farmers, value-added producers, health professionals, community organizers and engaged citizens. Themes include:

  1. Specialty crops for healthy people and a healthy environment
  2. Innovative community development and advocacy
  3. Access and equity for a socially just food system

This annual event is an opportunity for networking and education, to help build and grow connections between efforts taking place at the University of Missouri, partnering institutions, and organizations who are contributing to resilient food and agriculture solutions. In order to retain the collective energy of a live in-person event without compromising health and safety, the Symposium seminars will be held online with opportunities for discussion, questions, and dialogue. The event will take place Thursday, January 28th through Saturday, January 30th, from 9:00am to 12:30pm daily.


Mariah Gladstone (Blackfeet, Cherokee) is a food educator and founder of IndigiKitchen, an online platform dedicated to indigenizing diets using native foods.

Mariah Gladstone
Michael Muehlbauer

Michael Muehlbauer (left) & Alkebu-Lan Marcus (right), orchard directors at the Philadelphia Orchard Project, work with community-based groups and volunteers to plan and plant orchards filled with useful and edible plants in formerly vacant lots, community gardens, schoolyards, and other spaces, primarily in low-wealth neighborhoods where people have limited access to fresh fruit. These urban food forest leaders will share their passion for this work in advance of a regional urban food justice panel, including representatives from the Giving Grove (KC), EarthDance Farms (Ferguson), the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture, and Kansas City Growing Growers' New Roots for Refugees.

Alkebu-Lan Marcus

Rose Hayden-Smith, is an Emeritus University of California ANR Cooperative Extension advisor. Most recently, she served as a UCCE Digital Communications in Food Systems & Extension Educator. She continues to serve as the editor of the UC Food Observer, a communications platform in support of UC's Global Food Initiative. She directed the 4-H program in Ventura County, coordinated the Master Gardener program, and served as the office's first female county director. She also served as the Strategic Initiative Leader in Sustainable Food Systems. She is a published author and practicing U.S. historian, and a nationally-recognized expert in the history of youth/school gardening; Victory Gardens; extension education; and federal policy relating to agriculture/education. A Kellogg Food and Society Policy Fellow, her national advocacy work focuses on encouraging a national effort to promote school, home, and community garden and urban agriculture efforts; public policy relating to food systems, gardening, education, and urban agriculture. You can read her blog at

Rose Hayden-Smith
Jim Worstell

Jim Worstell, Ph.D. Agronomy and M.A. Social Psychology, is Coordinator of the Resilience Project. Jim has more than 30 years' experience developing resilient farming systems in persistently impoverished rural areas-most recently in Madagascar, Armenia, Tanzania, Jamaica, Malawi, Angola, Mozambique, Ethiopia, Uganda, Egypt, Republic of Georgia, Kenya, Ukraine, Moldova and the Delta and Ozarks in the US. He has held teaching and research positions in both 1890 and 1862 Land Grant Universities.

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