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"Gardens, scholars say, are the first sign of commitment to a community. When people plant corn they are saying, let's stay here. And by their connection to the land, they are connected to one another." - Anne Raver

April's Monadnock Earth Journal: Ubuntu

Just published in the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript: Click here for the article and photos.

Farmer Kim's blog post about the Earth Day Fair at Franklin Pierce

Click here for this great piece. So great to have you there, Kim! Thanks to Andy Hatchett and his students in the Health Sciences, and Stacey Purslow of Farm to Institution New England, for co-organizing! Thanks to the farmers, vendors, educators and students who attended, and all the folks who support these folks!

Kicking off Earth Week at Franklin Pierce

Monday's Earth Day Fair kicked off a week-long celebration of Earth Week at the Rindge campus. The fair was a joint effort supported by Farm to Institution New England, the Sustainability Center, Health Sciences, Environmental Science & Environmental Studies, Black River Produce, Sodexo, The Cornucopia Project, and several local farms.

Check out the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript story here. Thanks to Ashley Saari!

On Tuesday, several classes joined the Monadnock Conservancy's Emily Hague to clean up trash along the woods on campus. Today we'll plant more seeds in the campus greenhouse with freshman students, and I'll present my photos from the International Association of Universities' conference on "Blending Higher Education and Traditional Knowledge for Sustainable Development" in Iquitos, Peru. Tomorrow, garden work; and Friday, the Sustainability Certificate students will present their projects and experiences at a special community share-out.


News from FPU on my speaking engagement at the International Association of Universities 2014 International Conference in Iquitos, Peru

Now posted at

Sustainability Coordinator at Franklin Pierce University Speaks at International Conference in Peru

March 31, 2014

Franklin Pierce University’s Sustainability Coordinator Jess Gerrior spoke at the International Association of Universities 2014 International Conference in Iquitos, Peru, March 21-23. The theme of the Conference was "Blending Higher Education and Traditional Knowledge for Sustainable Development.” Gerrior was invited to participate in a panel discussion about the role of higher education institutions in sustainable development and assessing sustainability in university life beyond “campus greening.” A draft statement by the Conference on this subject will be contributed to the UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development in Aichi Nagoya, Japan, in November 2014.

Gerrior and Conference delegates expressed agreement with the need for higher education institutions to realign programs and policies with the mission o…