EXETER — We the People of Exeter will host a panel discussion, “Stewards of Our Land: Preserving and Supporting Local Farms” on Thursday, March 21.

The talk will take place at 7 p.m. at Christ Church Parish Hall, 43 Pine Street, Exeter.

One of the most meaningful ways we have to interact with the natural world, local farming, is struggling to survive as our region becomes more congested and open land becomes a rare and valuable commodity. From enjoying locally sourced vegetables, dairy products, and meats to celebrating our seasons by apple or berry picking, pumpkin carving, and hay rides, to simply gazing across unimpeded vistas, farming is vital to maintaining our connection to the earth.

The panel will provide insights into how we can act together as a community to support our local farms for the benefit of all. The focus will be on the role farming plays in preserving the land, environment, culture, and rural character of this area of New Hampshire.

Panel members will include: Lorraine Merrill from Stuart Farm, retired NH Commissioner of Agriculture; Laurie Loosigian from Apple Annie; Kate Donald from Stout Oak Farm; Akilah Campbell from Robinwood Center; Shelly Smith from Seacoast Eat Local; Jeremy Lougee from Southeast Land Trust (SELT). Former state representative and member of the Environment and Agriculture Committee, Alexis Simpson, will moderate.

The panel is presented by We the People, a free lecture and film series exploring issues at the intersection of current events, ethics and religion. We the People is co-sponsored by the Congregational, Episcopal, and Unitarian Universalist churches of Exeter, in association with Phillips Exeter Academy and Water Street Bookstore. The talk will be held at the Christ Church Parish Hall, which is handicapped-accessible.

For more information, go to www.WTPexeter.weebly.com, or call 475-2143.