Backyard Farming Lecture

For Immediate Release March 30, 2016

Professor Carroll Returns For “Backyard Farming" Lecture

Contact: Ann Davis

Chichester's Garden Club and Agricultural Commission “Backyard Farming” lecture series features Professor John Carroll on April 20, 2016, 7pm, Chichester Town Library. At the conclusion of the lecture, copies of Pastures of Plenty and Live Free and Farm will be on hand to purchase and there will be time for book signing.

Professor Carroll will focus on his most recent book, Live Free and Farm: Food and Independence in the Granite State. The theme is local food and farming, including value-added food processing and, as well, food preparation, all in the context of the energy (oil), climate change, and economic pressures driving our people, our towns and cities, today. All will be tied into current events as they are unfolding in late April.

The prolific author has written more than a dozen books including a sustainable and ecological farming trilogy: The Wisdom of Small Farms and Local Food: Aldo Leopold's Land Ethic and Sustainable Agriculture (UNH Agricultural Experiment Station Publication #2260); Pastures of Plenty: The Future of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Conservation in New England (UNH Agricultural Experiment Station Publication #2340); and The Real Dirt: Toward Food Sufficiency and Farm Sustainability in New England, published in Spring, 2010.

“Sustainable agricultural practices in New England concern us all, from farmers to backyard gardeners to food consumers,” says Dr. John E. Carroll. “Agriculture in New England is dying. Quite true. Agriculture in New England is being born. Equally true. Two different agricultures.”

John E. Carroll, in four decades at UNH, has taught and done research on national and international environmental policy, diplomacy, ethics, and values as they pertain to sustainable agriculture and food systems. A UNH professor since 1974, he has directed and taught in the universityís undergraduate natural resources and environmental degree programs for many years, and has guided numerous graduate degree students (Masters and Ph.D) in natural resources and environmental research. Carroll holds a Ph.D in Resource Development from Michigan State University and lives in Durham, New Hampshire.

The purpose of an agricultural commission is to protect farmland, support the local agricultural economy, preserve rural character and promote local agriculture to community members and visitors. As ambassadors of the farming community, agricultural commissions act as educators, advisers and promoters to help keep agriculture viable in New Hampshire. The Chichester Garden Clubís objective is to encourage more flower and vegetable gardens in Chichester, promote the love of gardening, civic beautification and environmental responsibility through education and example.

To RSVP, email Chichester Gardens or call Ann at 603-903-3891.