Thursday, June 25, 2009

The Wisdom of Small Farms

Friends of the Northwood Libraries to Host Free Program:

The Wisdom of Small Farms and Local Food: Aldo Leopold's Land Ethic and Sustainable Agriculture

July 14, 2009 - 7:00 p.m.

This event will take place at the Chesley Memorial Library in Northwood, NH, and will feature John Carroll of the University of New Hampshire department of Natural Resources.

John E. Carroll is professor of environmental conservation in the department of natural resources at the University of New Hampshire. In three decades at UNH, he has taught and done research on national and international environmental policy, diplomacy, ethics, and values as they pertain to sustainable agriculture and food systems.

"It is not meant for all of us to farm. But it is meant for all of us to eat. And we all have a right to nutritious food to keep us 'healthy, wealthy and wise.' To the greatest extent possible, this means local food." -- John E. Carroll

Using his book "The Wisdom of Small Farms and Local Food: Aldo Leopold's Land Ethic and Sustainable Agriculture", Professor Carroll explores with the audience the theoretical and practical underpinnings of the growing movement toward sustainable agriculture. Focusing on the land grant universities, particularly in New England and in Leopold's own Midwest, their work in sustainable agriculture and their increasing attention to small-scale farming and local food, this book, provides a vision of where our public land grant universities might go, in research, in teaching, in outreach, inspired by the farmers who know best from their own experience, and providing vision and hope for many who want to play a role in increasing their own food security. The book is available through the author who can be reached at

This program was made possible by the University of New Hampshire Speakers Bureau which connects faculty and staff speakers with non-profit organizations to share the research and knowledge of the university with the people and communities of New Hampshire. For more information on obtaining a speaker for your organization, contact the UNH Speakers Bureau at (603) 862-4401 or on the web at

For more information on this event, contact the Chesley Memorial Library at 603-942-5472 or

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