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LFCC's Phi Theta Kappa Hosts Symposium on Future of Agriculture

News Release

For Immediate Release:
Oct. 7, 2013

Primary Media Contact:

Leslie Kelley
Communications Specialist

Phone: 540-868-7134
Fax: 540-868-4081


Lord Fairfax Community College's Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society is hosting a symposium regarding the Future of Agriculture on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.   Local author and farmer, Forrest Pritchard, is keynote speaker and will discuss the benefits of sustainable farming.

Pritchard raises organic produce and grass fed animals on his farm in Berryville, VA.  He does so without using chemicals or pesticides.  All animals flourish naturally and are never given growth hormones or antibiotics.

Pritchard was recently interviewed by Kojo Nnamdi of National Public Radio.  The link to that show is   His recent book, Gaining Ground: A Story of Farmers' Markets, Local Food, and Saving the Family Farm, was named a "Best Book of Summer 2013" by Washingtonian, Publishers weekly and NPR's The Splendid Table.

The event is free and open to the public. It will be held in the Corron Center at the College's Middletown Campus. For more information, contact Professor Jim Brumbaugh at or 540-868-7204.


Founded in 1970, Lord Fairfax Community College is a comprehensive, multi-campus public institution of higher education. Through its three locations — the Fauquier and Middletown Campuses and the Luray-Page County Center — the College serves eight localities in the Shenandoah Valley and Piedmont regions.  The localities are the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren and the city of Winchester. LFCC offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines, in addition to providing access to bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs offered on site by a four-year institution. LFCC also serves the business community by offering workforce preparation programs for employees and employers. LFCC serves more than 9,000 unduplicated credit students and more than 11,000 individuals in professional development and business and industry courses annually.

Lord Fairfax Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Lord Fairfax Community College. LFCC does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation or disability in its programs or activities.


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