Middlebury

April 25,2000

Three-part Lecture Series Titled "Caring for the Land" to Begin on May 2

Three Tuesday Lectures to be held at Shelburne Farms:
"Sustainable Living," on May 6
"Ecological Alternatives for Large-Scale Landowners," on May 9
"Principals and Techniques of Ecological Landscape Design," on May 16

 

MIDDLEBURY, Vt.-A three-part lecture series titled "Caring for the Land" will take place from 7-9 p.m. on three consecutive Tuesdays, beginning on May 2, in the Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms on Harbor Road off Route 7 in Shelburne. Co-sponsored by Middlebury College and the University of Vermont Environmental Council, all three "Caring for the Land" lectures are free and open to the public.

The "Caring for the Land" series will focus on ecological issues surrounding present-day management of the landscape. Beginning with a look at ways people have tried to co-exist with the landscape, the series will go on to explore underlying ecological issues that stem from human manipulation of it, and possibilities for more responsible management of large-scale tracts.

On May 2, Middlebury College Assistant Professor of Religion Rebecca Gould and University of Vermont Lecturer of Plant and Soil Sciences Wendy Sue Harper will co-present "Sustainable Living," the first of the Tuesday series. Gould's segment of the presentation will discuss "Spiritual Agriculture in America: Perspectives from the Past and Prospects for the Future." A member of the board of directors of the Good Life Center in Harborside, Maine, Gould was the first steward at Forest Farm, the homestead of Helen and Scott Nearing, nationally renowned authors and pioneers of the trend to return to simple living. She is currently writing a book on the spiritual dimensions of back-to-the-land homesteading practices in nineteenth and twentieth-century America.

Harper's talk will be titled "Moving Toward Community Urban and Suburban Sustainability." Harper, who teaches on soil science and sustainable agriculture, has designed her own orchards and gardens using permaculture principles. An expert at canning, pickling, the use of root cellars and other means of food storage, Harper's perennial and annual plantings range from fruits, vegetables, culinary and medicinal herbs, and flowers to ornamental shrubs and nuts. She will talk about urban and suburban community models of sustainable living that may be more easily attainable for most people than moving back to the land would be.

On the second Tuesday, May 9, "Ecological Alternatives for Large-Scale Landowners" will be offered by Assistant Professor of Horticulture Mark Starrett of the University of Vermont (UVM), and Middlebury College Landscaping Crew Chief Mike Ade. The program will focus on the ecological management of campus landscapes as a model for larger ones. Ade, who has tested many alternative landscaping practices, has a special interest in organic landscaping and will talk about "Working Towards Zero Landscape Chemical Use on the Middlebury College Campus."

Starrett's segment of the program, called "To Plant or Not to Plant: Natives vs. Exotics," will describe the use of native and non-invasive exotic plantings on the UVM campus and UVM's Memorial Tree Program. Starrett teaches on home and garden horticulture, plant propagation, and woody ornamental plants, and is currently researching the application of beneficial fungi during the propagation process and the selection of plants for cold-hardiness and suitability for use in Vermont.

On May 16, the capstone lecture of the "Caring for the Land" series will be presented by architect/landscape architect Jose Alminana whose talk entitled "Sustainable Landscape Design: Just Do It!" will discuss principles and techniques of ecological landscape design. Alminana's many projects have focused on urban streetscapes, corporate campuses, greenways, recreational parks, wildlife preserves, and college campuses. He is the principal architect of Andropogon Associates, a landscape architecture firm in Philadelphia that has emerged as a leader in the field of planning and design, pursuing an ecological perspective on landscape architecture since 1975. Recently, Andropogon Associates has worked on the landscape design for Oberlin College's new "green" environmental studies center. Alminana-an expert in master planning, landscape development planning, and in the design and construction of innovative stormwater management systems, sitework and landscapes-will include in his talk case studies from his firm's nationally acclaimed projects.

For more information or to register for any of the lectures, contact Middlebury College Environmental Coordinator Amy Seif at 802-443-5043 or by E-mail at aseif@middlebury.edu.

--a schedule for the lectures follows--

Tuesday Lecture Series "Caring for the Land" to Begin on May 2 at Shelburne Farms

Caring for the Land Tuesday series schedule:

Tuesday, May 2, 7-9 p.m.
Sustainable Living:
"Spiritual Agriculture in America: Perspectives from the Past and Prospects for the Future"
by Middlebury College Assistant Professor of Religion Rebecca Gould
"Moving Toward Community Urban and Suburban Sustainability"
by University of Vermont Lecturer of Plant and Soil Sciences Wendy Sue Harper
Location: Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms, on Harbor Road off Route 7 in Shelburne

Tuesday, May 9, 7-9 p.m.
Ecological Alternatives for Large-Scale Landowners:
"To Plant or Not to Plant: Natives vs. Exotics"
by University of Vermont Assistant Professor of Horticulture Mark Starrett
"Working Towards Zero Landscape Chemical Use on the Middlebury College Campus"
by Middlebury College Landscaping Crew Chief Mike Ade
Location: Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms, on Harbor Road off Route 7 in Shelburne

Tuesday, May 16, 7-9 p.m.
Capstone Lecture:
"Sustainable Landscape Design: Just Do It!"
by architect/landscape architect Jose Alminana, principal of Philadelphia-based architectural firm Andropogon Associates
Location: Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms, on Harbor Road off Route 7 in Shelburne

All lectures are free and open to the public. Please register by calling Middlebury College Environmental Coordinator Amy Seif at 802-443-5043, or by E-mail at aseif@middlebury.edu.

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