6:00 Social 6:30 Dinner 7:00 Presentations, Q&A
Dinner: Members $12, Non-Members $14, Students $10, or Listen for Free
Dr. Melvin Epp is a Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, graduate with an M.S. in botany from the University of Connecticut and a Ph.D. in genetics from Cornell University. His postdoc was a Damon Runyon Fellowship at Brookhaven National Laboratory studying cancer in plants. Following a corporate career in plant research including five years in the Philippines studying banana diseases, he retired to his ancestral farm near Whitewater, Kansas to write.Epp has completed an anthology of his mother’s Kansas prairie folk poetry using her 105 poems to develop a history of the Harder family from 1876 to 1995. Epp serves as president of the Frederic Remington Area Historical Society, Whitewater, Kansas. He was the president of The Wichita Organic Garden Club for 15 years and is an honorary Extension Master Gardener of Sedgwick County. He is a member of the Kansas Authors Club, the Wichita Genealogy Society, the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, and attends the Lorraine Avenue Mennonite Church in Wichita.
He will talk on climate change and food insecurity. The talk will be preceded by a healthy, climate friendly meal with ingredients from local community gardens, prepared under the supervision of Tom Moore.