Outreach: BSG Farm & Island Reach
Taking a biocultural approach in conservation work.
College of Natural Sciences, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
October 2013 Guest Speaker, Taking a biocultural approach in conservation work. College of Natural Sciences, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Everyone Eats: Foods Near and Far
. Presentation to elementary school students as part of Food Day, a
nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food.
Expedition scientist blogger for GLOBE
, The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program, a worldwide hands-on, primary and secondary school-based science and education program. Entries on the Intertropical Convergence Zone and Plankton.
June - July 2013 Research Vessel Llyr theory and practice workshops: Coral Reefs & Forests: Five Common Drivers of Degradation and Challenges for Conservation Action. Hoving-to for storm management.
September 24, 2012 Guest Speaker,
Working in the Field: Turning Commitment to Action
, College of Natural Sciences, University of Massachusetts.
September 14, 2011 Guest speakers at College of the Atlantic's Human Ecology forum. Biocultural Diversity, Wild Biomes and Harvests: Ridge to Reef Reasearch, Advocacy and Action . Bar Harbor, Maine.
February 2011 Guest Speakers,
Biocultural Diversity and the Marketplace: Variance Harvesting/Processing and Trades. How Food Narratives Drive Sustainability
at The Center for Environmental Studies. Log lunch series. Williams College, Williamstown, MA
June 2010 Workshop at Co-Op Power's Energy Summit, Finca Nuestra Raices, Holyoke MA.
Biocultural Diversity & Carbon Farming: Building an Ecosystem Services Marketplace For Our Foods.
June 2010 Paper presented at the Annual Joint Meeting for the Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society(AFHVS) and the Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS), Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.
Variance Harvesting/Processing &Ecosystem Services: How Cultural Narratives Drive Facts and Sustainable Ecosystems Hang in the Balance.
January 2010 Launched theTown of Heath's first
Sustainability Coffee House
a monthly community forum exploring sustainability themes and project development. First presentation topic
Ridge to Reef: The hilltown's remarkable connections to oceans and ocean acidification
January 2010 Workshop at Northeast Organic Farmer's Association (NOFA) Annual Meeting, Worcester, MA.
Variance Harvesting & the Price-Point Spread: How Customers and their Farmers can Co-generate Sustainable Agriculture.
December 2009 Paper published in the Massachusetts Maple Association Newsletter.
Variance Harvesting and the Price-Point-Spread: How Customers and their Farmers can Co-Generate Sustainable Agriculture.
Fall 2009 four week Senior Seminar unit at the Academy at Charlemont on
The Politics of Food
. Readings and audio by Michael Pollan, Barbara Kingsolver, Donald Worster, Vandana Shiva, Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, Alanna Mitchell. Evaluation of "Big Ag" policies of Monsanto, ADM and Cargill.
Summer 2009– Host for MA Maple Association annual Northeast Farm Tour. Presentation on
Alternative Energy Production and Sustainable Direct Market Strategies for Small-Scale Farming.
May 2009 – Attended
Informing Possibilities for the Future of Food and
, 2009 Joint annual meeting of the Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society and the Association for the Study of Food and Society, Penn State University, State College, PA.
February 2009 – Presenters,
Agricultural Energy Conservation & Value-Added Benefits
Massachusetts Department of Agriculture's
Harvest New England Agricultural Marketing Conference
2008 Three grants awarded for a 9.3 kw commercial photovoltaic installation which meets 80% of the farm's electricity demands, received from
Fall 2008 Four week audio/visual Senior Seminar unit at The Academy at Charlemont on
The Politics of
. Works by Pollan, Raj Patel, Paul Roberts, Vandana Shiva, Alice Waters. Films included “King Corn,” “Deconstructing Supper,”David Suzuki, “Cuba: The Accidental Revolution,” and “GoodFood.”
March 2008, March 2006 Public Presentation at Historic Deerfield, MA:
aple Harvesting Science and History.
2007 Only Light Amber maple syrup awarded Gold Star, noting “exceptional Merit” international review by Sante, the Magazine for Restaurant Professionals. Medium Amber & Black Amber syrups received special “recommended” commendation.
2007 Exhibitor, Northeast Organic Farmers' Association Summer Conference.
Fall 2007 Four week Senior Seminar unit at the Academy at Charlemont on
Agriculture & Sustainability
. Included readings and references from the following: Barbara Kingsolver, Michael Pollan, Vandana Shiva, Jared Diamond, Richard Wilk, Eric Schlosser, David Montgomery, Sidney Mintz, Michael Shuman, Bill McKibben, Mark Kurlansky.
2005 Host farm of Northeast Maple Farm Tour for the MA Maple Association.
MapleTree Growth Project
with Ted Watt of Hancock Nature Ctr. &Heath Elementary
1998-2010 Annual field trips by local elementary and high schools to study maple harvesting and sustainable agriculture, and ecology. The farm entertains frequent customer visits as part of agri-tourism allowing us to work with the public in more detail regarding their understanding of, and investments in, family-scale farming and sustainable agriculture.