First-Year Seminar Lecture: Coach Smallwood

Date: October 30
Event: First-Year Seminar Lecture: Coach Smallwood on “Organic Gardening and Sustainable Food Production”
Place: Physical Education Center
Time: 7 p.m.

photo: Coach Smallwood

Coach Mark Smallwood has been dedicated to promoting organic agriculture, environmental stewardship, efficiency and conservation for more than 30 years. He is a long-time organic farmer and biodynamic gardener, raising chickens, goats, sheep and pigs, and driving his own team of oxen. As Executive Director of Rodale Institute, he has focused his efforts on training a new generation of organic farmers. Coach has expanded research efforts at Rodale Institute to explore the connection between soil, food and health. He brought heritage livestock back to Rodale Institute’s 333-acre farm, created a Honeybee Conservancy to train and steward backyard bee keepers, and launched “Your 2 Cents,” a national campaign to support new organic farmers.

In recognition for his sustainability efforts, Coach was chosen as a messenger for Al Gore’s Climate Project, presenting to over 15,000 people on the effects of Global Warming. And as his name suggests, Coach was also a public educator and basketball coach.

photo: Bog Turtle Creek Farm

Start Date: 10/30/2014 7:00 pm
End Date: 10/30/2014 9:00 pm
Location: Physical Education Center
Price: Free and open to the public
Sponsor: Holleran Center for Community Engagement
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