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Permaculture Design Course with Village Roots

Re-posting this information on behalf of Marty Castriotta at Village Roots.

For more information:
(603) 477-5533

Course Dates and Times:
March 11/12 , April 8/9 , May 20/21, June 10/11, July 8/9
Saturdays 9:00 am to 9:00 pm and Sundays 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
presentations at NH Permaculture Day, August 26 (optional)

Supplemental Days: typically 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Students are asked to attend at least one of these hands-on learning days
May 1: Timberframing
June 3: Building hugelkultur garden beds
July 1: Site visit: to be scheduled
August chicken harvest: date to be determined

The bulk of this course will take place at The Orchard School in East Alstead, NH and on the farm and grounds of Orchard Hill and Village Roots. There will also be field trips to various sites in the region.

Course Meals:
The course will include four nourishing meals (made with organic and farm fresh ingredients) each weekend and snacks at breaks. The meals will include Satu…

Nourishing sustainability: bringing higher education and local food systems together through service learning and community engagement

Today marks the second and final doctoral weekend of the fall semester. Earlier, my cohort and I exchanged presentations on our essays about the intersections of our professional interests with service learning and community-based scholarship. As a way of sharing with the wider academic/professional community, here are the figures from my presentation, with my working bibliography for the essay. 

As always, I invite your questions and suggestions! Use the tiny form under "Connect" on the left side of this page. 

Working Bibliography: 

Burns, H., & Miller, W. (2012). The Learning Gardens Laboratory: Teaching sustainability and developing sustainable food systems through unique partnerships. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development. Carson, L. (2007). Crossing the line: Transdisciplinary education works because environmental problems and their solutions seldom respect faculty lines. Alternatives. Kolenick, P. (2016). Rethinking Education for Sustainable…

AASHE 2016 presentation/short film premiere: Sustability Officers: The Dream, The Sometimes Harsh Reality, The Reasons You Want Us on Your Leadership Team

Join me and my colleagues Aaron Witham and Ryan Ihrke today at #AASHE2016 or the premiere of the short film of interviews with sustainability officers in higher education. 

Session Title: Sustainability Officers: The Dream, The Sometimes Harsh Reality, The Reasons You Want Us on Your Leadership Team 
Tuesday, October 11, 11:30 - Noon Location Room: 308


SEED: The Untold Story - Hosted by The Cornucopia Project on October 4

Get someone interested in food systems and sustainability through the story of the seed. The Cornucopia Project is a fabulous organization I had the pleasure of working with as an intern in 2011, and they're hosting a showing of this powerful film this weekend. Click the image for details:

Inspiration from "Improving Access to Food Systems Among Communities of Color: A Food Justice Issue"

In doing some background research for a literature review and photovoice research project I am conducting this fall, I came across the 2015 report, "Improving Access to Food Systems Among Communities of Color: A Food Justice Issue Report to the Oregon Food Bank"  - written by Alma M.O. Trinidad, Helen Camden, and Anne Coleman of Portland State University's Center to Advance Racial Equity Research, in cooperation with the Oregon Food Bank.

I am interested in this report for many reasons, and it's an excellent example of the kind of work I want to continue doing in my doctoral program and beyond. A few aspects I'll mention here are the authors' engagement and empowerment of community members in the process of research and advocacy, and the sensitivity with which they considered different cultural compositions of Portland neighborhoods. They did a great job of identifying the aims and methods of their research, and presenting their findings in a way that reflec…

Workplace gardening as civic ecology stewardship

Today I am reintroducing a story I published on Atavist earlier this year. Food gardening in the workplace benefits employees and workplace culture; addresses community hunger while enhancing local food systems; exemplifies creativity in business-university partnerships; and provides opportunities for research on many fronts - education, ecopsychology, sustainability and social justice, to name a few.

Full story:

Local Harvest Benefit Dinner for The Community Kitchen - August 27

Sharing from The Community Kitchen:

You won't find a more perfect place to spend an August evening... outdoors, with good friends and great food.The absolute best in locally sourced farm-to-table fare will be served. We will begin at 5:30pm with appetizers and move on to the delicious meal with wine and beer pairings.

Live music, amazing food and a stunning setting. It doesn't get any better than that!

Tickets: $75 per person OR
$500 per table of 8. Invitation to follow. RSVP early to save a spot as seating is limited! Call us at 603-352-3200 or email Phoebe at

All proceeds benefit The Community Kitchen, the largest food pantry in the Monadnock Region.
For more information:

Distant Hill Gardens August Open Garden Weekend

I had the pleasure of working with Michael Nerrie at Distant Hill Gardens last fall, when I taught a course on Environmental Interpretation & Exhibit Design at Antioch University New England. Together with a group of bright, capable, and dedicated Master's students, we explored and then designed a set of interpretive signs for the environmental features along an accessible trail Michael has built. This is an amazing place, and some of the photos from our experience can be found here.
August Open Garden Weekend WHERE:
Distant Hill Gardens
507 March Hill Road
Walpole, NH
Saturday and Sunday
August 6 & 7
10am to 4pm
Distant Hill Gardens will host it monthly 'Open Garden Weekend' thiscoming Saturday and Sunday. The public is free to explore the 58-acre property including extensive ornamental gardens with dozens ofwhimsical metal sculptures hidden throughout, a large raised-bed vegetable garden, a quaking cranberry bog with boardwalk and a 40 foot long log bridge, a large 

Two food system education positions in NH & VT

The Cornucopia Project (Hancock, NH) is looking for School Garden Teachers for the fall program.

The part-time School Garden Teacher is responsible for teaching Cornucopia’s school-based garden curriculum and hands-on gardening program to first and second graders during seven-week sessions in the spring and fall. The position requires approximately twenty hours a week of planning, travel and teaching time. Each session encompasses seven weeks of teaching plus two weeks for planning and administrative work. This is a salaried position that reports to Cornucopia’s School Garden Coordinator.

Details: School Garden Teacher Fall 2016

Green Mountain Farm to School (Newport, VT) is looking for an Americorps Farm-to-School Coordinator.

The primary responsibilities of the AmeriCorps Farm-to-School Coordinator will be to develop, grow, present, and evaluate GMFTS’ Farm-to-School Programs and provide general operational and administrative support. This is a full-time year-long AmeriCorps position…

Nature Based Leadership Workshop - August 20 at Antioch University New England

Saturday, August 20, 9 am – 4 pm
Antioch University New England40 Avon Street, Keene, NH 03431 Join us for an inspiring day focused on how you can benefit from the emerging field of nature-based leadership and put your knowledge to work for others. Leave refreshed and ready to bring the benefits of nature-based experiences to every facet of your life–at home, in relationships, at play and at work in settings as diverse as business, health care and organizational development. And join a growing worldwide community of people committed to reconnecting people with nature for their own health and well-being, and that of Earth itself.
Co-Facilitators and Presenters:

Cheryl Charles, Ph.D., is an innovator, author, organizational executive, educator and widely-sought public speaker. In the fall of 2015, Cheryl was named Research Scholar and founding Executive Director of the Nature Based Leadership Institute at Antioch University New England. 

Beverly Winterscheid, Ph.D., is a successful business …

Summer updates

On June 14, I presented at the University of Vermont Food Systems Summit with my colleagues from Antioch University New England's Community Garden Connections. Based on the Summit theme of "What Makes Food Good?" we gave a panel presentation and participatory session, "Tending Gardens, Raising Resilience: A Recipe for Community Served Three Ways." Check out the session description and details at the Food Systems Summit website and see the full event program here.

My proposed session, "Framing Food Resilience: Photovoice, Workplace Gardens, and Community-Based Participatory Research," has been accepted for the 2016 NAAEE Research Symposium on October 18-19, 2016 in Madison, Wisconsin. I am greatly looking forward to this experience as I explore and highlight the roles of workplace gardeners in local food system efforts while developing my research skills and preparing for my qualifying exam for the PhD program this fall.

Food Chains - Free Film hosted by The Cornucopia Project - Tuesday, May 3

UVM Food Systems Summit and MFCC Forum

Later this month, I'll be giving a brief transitional talk about my research on food justice at the Monadnock Farm & Community Coalition's spring summit, “Improving Local Food Access to Moderate and Low Income Communities” - hosted by the MFCC's Education Working Group. In June, I'll be co-presenting a concurrent session entitled "Tending Gardens, Raising Resilience: A recipe for community, served three ways" at the UVM Food Systems Summit. Hope to see you at one or both of these events.

"On the Farm" follow-up

Antioch has published this great write-up about the recent "On the Farm" event. It was an honor to be part of this gathering and to facilitate the Equity & Sustainable Communities conversation. The article does a great job of summarizing both our community strengths and key barriers, and I am definitely looking forward to seeing the themes that emerged from these conversations develop into action in our region.

April 6: webinar on leadership development focused on incubator farms and community food projects

NIFTI/CFP Leadership Development Webinar
Wednesday, April 6 at 1 pm EST
Register here - If it asks for a meeting number, enter 737 302 927

Join us for a webinar on leadership development focused on incubator farms and community food projects. Our presenters will talk about the theoretical underpinnings of developing strong leaders within your organization and community, as well as share an example of a successful program.

Robbie Hertneky, PhD Chair and Associate Professor, Antioch University New England. Robbie brings her interests in mindfulness, leadership development, and personal and professional leadership identity to her role as Chair of the Department of Management and Associate Professor in the MBA in Sustainability Program. Her doctoral studies, teaching, and scholarship are in the field of leadership and change; in her teaching she focuses on the application of theory to practice.

Kelly Owensby, Director, Transplanting Traditions Community FarmTransplanting Tradition&…

Free webinars on mushroom ecology & cultivation

Interesting! From the Radical Mycology website: On April 14 and 28, join mycophiles around the world for a unique series of free webinars with Peter McCoy, author of Radical Mycology, one of the most comprehensive books on fungi ever written.

Covering a wide range of information on the ecology, cultural importance, and appropriate applications of cultivating mushrooms and other fungi, these talks will be live streamed with the ability for audience members to chat with Peter and even win free book copies!

For more details, including info on how to register, visit

Monadnock Farm & Community Coalition's spring forum on improving local food access to low income populations

Local Food,  Healthy Communities The Monadnock Farm and
Community Coalition
invites you to our Spring forum:
Local Food Access to Low Income Populations"  Tuesday, April 26, 2016
9:30am - 11:30am
Heberton Hall
(next to Keene Public Library)


 At our Spring Forum, we will deepen the dialogue and working relationships between the social services sector and the local food movement, identify barriers to healthy local food, and highlight work that is already increasing the availability of locally grown food for individuals and institutions.

We will begin our conversation with an overview of what we know: health and local food are connected; access, affordability and equity in our local food system impact health outcomes for all of us, especially our
poor communities.  
Organized by the MFCC Education Working Group (EWG).

EWG member organizations:
The Community Kitchen, Keene Housing, KSC Dietetic Internship, Community Garden Connection/Antioch Univ. New…

MFCC event (TONIGHT) and New Entry Sustainable Farming Project Webinar

Monadnock Farm and Community Coalition's early SPRING forum:

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016
4:30pm - 7pm
Alyson's Orchard
Walpole, NH

Learn a little and have a GREAT NIGHT OUT before the ground thaws!


4:30pm Workshops
Marketing Your Farm Business
Chris & Caitlin Caserta, Walpole Valley Farm; Beth Hodge, Echo Farm Puddings
Estate Planning: Caring for the Future of Your Farm
Elizabeth Bayne, Yankee Farm Credit
Infrastructure Needs Planning for our Region
Denise Meadows and Julie Davenson, MFCC board members

5:20pm Reception
Featuring Mooselick Beers and Walpole Mtn. View Wines
Cash Bar

6pm Farmer Appreciation Night dinner - potluck

Children welcome!
Please bring a dish to share!
Connect with friends!


NIFTI/CFP Leadership Development Webinar
Wednesday, April 6 at 1 pm EST
Register here

Join us for a webinar on leadership development focused on incubator farms and community food projects. Our pre…

On the Farm: Let's Discuss Local Food Security, Regional Wellness, and Earth Stewardship - February 18 at Stonewall Farm

Sharing this exciting event at Stonewall Farm...

On the Farm: Let's Discuss Local Food Security, Regional Wellness, and Earth Stewardship Date:Thursday, February 18, 2016 Time:  5 - 7:30 pm Place:               Stonewall Farm, 242 Chesterfield Rd., Keene, NH
RSVP by 2/15:   Kate Hickey or (603) 283-2436
Please join us for an evening inspired by the book On the Farm: The Uncertain Future of an American Legacy with text by Ronald Dodson and paintings by Adriano Manocchia. Adriano's paintings will be on display and available for purchase.     We'll relish local foods, enjoy exquisite art, and engage in a facilitated discussion about the region's future food supply and production, and ways our community is responding. We are convening local food solutions scholars, students, practitioners, and representatives from many of the region's organizations who are currently involved with these critical issues. 
Facilitated Discussion Groups Civic Engagement & EducationConservati…