Understanding, preserving, and reusing Pennsylvania’s historic agricultural landscapes can contribute to a sustainable farming future. These are topics that will be covered as part of collaborative effort of The Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues at Dickinson College and the South Mountain Speaker Series.
The event, entitled, “Growth In the Garden: Food and Sustainability” is free and open to the public and will be held on Thursday, November 4, 2010 at Dickinson’s Stern Center located on W. Louther St. between West and College Sts. in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The event will open with a reception from 6-7 p.m. where you can learn all about local opportunities for farm fresh foods. The speaker’s lectures and a question and answer period will go from approximately 7-9 p.m.
Hear from Penn State Professor Sally McMurry about “Pennsylvania’s Historic Farming Legacy and Sustainable Agriculture’s Future”. She will review the broad sweep of Pennsylvania farming history and then explain seven ways in which preserving our historic agricultural buildings can go hand in hand with a sustainable agricultural future.
Brian Snyder, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture, will discuss opportunities to capitalize on the fact that sustainably raised Pennsylvania products are centrally located to some of the largest population centers in the nation. While a major agricultural state any way it's analyzed, Pennsylvania has maintained the additional distinction for several decades as a national leader in developing more sustainable and/or organic farming strategies. Mr. Snyder will discuss the current situation in terms of resources available and the challenges that lay ahead as we pursue a more sustainable future for all Pennsylvanians.
The Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues at Dickinson College connects the students and faculty of Dickinson College and members of the broader community with scholars, practicing professionals and activists through the use of lectures, seminars, and conferences. By encouraging engagement with these visitors in ways that allow for dialogue and critical reflection, The Clarke Forum helps prepare students to become knowledgeable, productive, and intellectually active citizens and leaders. To learn more about the Clarke Forum and upcoming lectures visit www.clarke.dickinson.edu/
The South Mountain Speakers Series is an effort of the South Mountain Partnership, an alliance of non-profits, the public sector, academic institutions, and local businesses to conserve and promote the high-quality natural and cultural resources which will enhance the region’s economic viability. Promotion of local agricultural is a major focus of the Partnership. The Partnership receives major support from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources as one of its seven Conservation Landscape Initiatives. Visit www.southmountaincli.blogspot com learn more about the South Mountain Partnership.
Nourishing the Troops!
(Tour Round Barn until 6:45 PM, Lecture starts at 7 PM)
Sloan will also share ways information about the United States Colored Troups (USCT) Hallowed ground project through the conservation of a league of important historic sites in Adams, Franklin and Cumberland Counties. He will end by extending an invitation to participate in the identification of USCT descendants throughout the South Mountain who will be invited to march in their ancestors’ memory during the Grand Review Parade Nov 6, 2010 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Sponsored by the South Mountain Partnership, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, the Historic Round Barn and Farm Market- Knouse Fruitlands.
Saturday, July 10th 1-4PM
A day of guided, historical hikes along the Appalachian and other trails will be the next lecture of the South Mountain Speaker Series. The event is free and open to the public and will take place Saturday, July 10 between 1 and 4 PM at various locations in Pine Grove Furnace State Park.
Routes will converge at the furnace stack pavilion near the midpoint of the Appalachian Trail. The event will conclude with a multi-media exhibit exploring the present and future of the Trail, the allure of the “thru-hike,” and a visual tour of opportunities to enjoy the Trail in South Mountain. Ice cream will be served and participants may witness hikers attempting the half-gallon ice cream challenge.
"Selling Conservation from the 1890s to the 21st Century”
Monday, May 10th starting at 6-9 PM
Entitled “Selling Conservation from the 1890s to the 21st Century,” the free public event will start at with forestry students providing tours of the campus arboretum. Those who wish to participate on the tour should go to the
In existence since 1903, the Mont Alto Arboretum contains a wide variety of tree species. For the event, the Penn State Mont Alto Library also will have a display of items from the early days of the school, including some old hand tied-fishing flies made by Mont Alto students and images from the Mira Lloyd Dock Glass Lantern Slide Collection of the
The lecture by Dr.
“Nestled among the
trees on the edge of the
After the lecture, a panel including Linehan; Nels Johnson, director of Conservation Programs for The Nature Conservancy in Pennsylvania; and Dr. James Grace, DCNR executive deputy secretary; will discuss contemporary forestry issues and respond to questions from the audience.
Sponsored by Penn State Mont Alto, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural resources, and the South Mountain Partnership.
Thanks for attending this event!!!
With a nearly full room at the Woods Center of the Capitol Theater, 120 people heard Susan Rimby, keynote speaker tell us why this region and it's influential leader left a conservation legacy for the state and the nation. Our guest panel including Scott Weidensaul and Dan Maracucci along with Susan gave us a spirited dialogue about current conservation issues after the keynote speech.
South Mountain: the Cradle of Conservation